DIY No-Sew Scarf Apron

June 4, 2013 by DIY, Fashion, Featured Scarves, Guest Blogger

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From halter tops to galaxy scarves, the SDN gals can’t get enough of crafty, creative, and innovative ways to use (and reuse) our favorite accessory. That’s why we’re beyond thrilled to bring you our latest series: The Scarves Dot Net DIY Challenge.

Today we’re excited to bring you the DIY no-sew scarf apron from Brittni of Papernstitch. This is the perfect summer crafting project for the gal who loves to show of her domestic diva-ness, but not her sewing skills. ;)

no-sew DIY apron

Summer is heating up, and those fall and winter scarves won’t be getting use again for months. So why not upcycle a couple into something more useful for the summer season, like this cool (and easy-to-make) cafe apron?

diy scarf apron

Protect your clothes — while cooking and crafting in style — without even breaking out the sewing machine! This craft project is completely sewing-free, making it easy enough for even a beginning crafter. And it’s fast, too: the whole process, start to finish, will take less than an hour. Ready to get started?DIY apron supplies


Here’s what you’ll need:

Step 1:

Lay out the thicker of the two scarves flat. Measure 25 inches, and cut the scarf down to that length. I cut my scarf while it was folded in half (like a hamburger) to make it easier to cut a straight line.

Step 2:

Keeping your scarf folded in half, cut a piece of fusible bonding web the length of the cut piece of scarf (25 inches).

Step 3:no-sew apron step 3


Next, place the webbing toward the very top of the scarf, in-between the folded layers, like a sandwich.

Step 4:no-sew apron step 4


Apply heat over the entire area with an iron for a few seconds at a time to fuse the fabric.

Step 5:

diy scarf apron step 5

Now, cut the second, thinner scarf to the same length as the first, and use fusible webbing to finish off any fraying edges.

Step 6:

DIY scarf apron step 6

Then, at the top of both scarves, use more webbing to attach scarf one and two to each other (the same way you did in step 4).

Step 7:

diy apron step 7

Now, cut a piece of ribbon long enough to go around your waist entirely, adding additional length to account for tying. I made mine 2.5 times the length of the apron so I would have plenty of extra ribbon to tie into a bow.

Step 8:

no-sew apron step 8

Center your ribbon, so that there is roughly the same amount of ribbon hanging over each side of the apron. Heat-set with webbing and an iron until completely secure.

cafe apron diy

Now you have a cute apron to wear while cooking and crafting around the house. And if you’re not in the mood for domestic duties, no worries. With a few modifications, you could easily make a wrap skirt instead, to wear to the beach as a cover-up or lunch with friends.

Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff of Papernstitch. Thanks Brittni!

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  • Reply Maggie September 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    What is happening with the green band in step 4? Can you break that step down for me. Sorry

    • Reply admin September 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Hi! In Step 4, it’s just another view of wrapping the fabric and webbing around the green band to secure the webbing to the fabric.

      • Reply Tara December 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

        The pictures are coming up broken for me, so I can not view up to step 6. Is there any way I can get those pictures?

        • Reply Scarves Dot Net December 2, 2014 at 11:04 am

          Hi Tara! So sorry about that! The issue should be fixed. Let us know, though, if you need more info! :)

          • Tara December 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

            Thank you :)

          • Tara December 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm

            I’m kind of confused at steps 1-4.

          • Scarves Dot Net December 3, 2014 at 2:55 pm

            Hi Tara,
            Unfortunately our photos were a little out of sorts. They should be fixed now. Hopefully that helps.
            Step 1: Lay the thicker scarf out flat, measure 25″ and cut in a straight line.
            Step 2: Fold the scarf in half
            Step 3: Measure 25″ of the webbing so that it is as wide as your scarf. Then place the webbing in-between the two ends of the scarf
            Step 4: Apply heat to fuse the scarf ends with the webbing

            Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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