Thread Scarf

So many of my Craftsy students have asked me for the pattern for this thread scarf that I wore when I was teaching Lesson 2 of my Stitch & Slash class, that I decided to post this on my blog so they would have a place to go to learn how to make this easy and fun accessory.

You will need:

1 roll of Sulky 12 inch by 9 yard Solvy Water Soluable Stabilizer.  You don’t need this much but once you make one scarf, you will want to make several more for gifts and this is the most economical way to purchase this stabalizer.

Lots of ribbons and yarns in different colors and textures


Cut a length of solvy the length of your finished scarf minus 12 inches.  You can have any width you like.  You can make skinny scarves or wide scarves.  (I usually cut my solvy to 50″ long by 9″ wide) Like all my artworks and projects , there are no rules!  Lay the solvy flat on a large table.  Cut lengths of yarns and ribbons to hang 6 inches longer on both ends of the scarf and lay them lengthwise on the solvy.  Keep adding strands until you get the size and bulk you like.  Fold the solvy over the threads so that you have solvy on both sides of your threads.  Pin together with straight pins.

I like to use variegated thread in my machine (both top and bobbin) but there are no rules.  I also like to use 35wt cotton but I have also used metallic and poly.  In any case, take the scarf to your machine and sew across the scarf horizontally, so that every thread is attached to another thread.  Sew about 1/2″ apart on each line.  The idea is to make sure you catch the edges of your scarf with thread as well as all the threads inbetween.  I use a darning foot but you can also use your regular sewing machine foot if you don’t like to free motion stitch.

Once the whole scarf is covered with stitching, follow the instructions for dissolving the solvy in water.  Be sure to rinse out all the solvy, otherwise, your scarf will remain stiff.

Once it’s dry, your scarf is finished!  Enjoy!


10 Responses to Thread Scarf

  1. Kære Coral Ann. Det lyder utrolig spændende. Noget jeg kunne tænke mig at eksperimentere med. Tak skal du ha´.
    Quiltehilsen fra
    Rita Strange Jensen

  2. Michele Lea says:

    Awesome Carol! I did a tester for quilt doing a small version of your scarf. Never occurred to me to do it in a larger scale as a scarf! Ok, I now have to complete my portrait and make a scarf!

  3. Judy Collier says:

    Hi, Carol!
    Love the scarf…I also noticed in your portrait Craftsy class you wore a scarf with fabric scraps…love that one also! Thank you for all you do!

  4. carol says:

    That is made pretty much the same way but instead of yarns, you use small scraps and connect each scrap with thread. Try it!

  5. Janet Bensch says:

    Wow just came across your blog and love the scarf,Must make that thank you so much for the pattern. Your work is awesome

  6. carol says:

    Thanks! Enjoy. The scarf is fun and easy and you will get lots of compliments on it when you wear it!

  7. I made this scarf and love the result but, phew, there is a little learning curve sewing on that slippery Solvy. Also discovered that some fibers are best left to couching as my needle jammed them down into the feeddog… good to learn. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. carol says:

    Yes, as with any new projects, there are always surprises but i’m glad you liked the result!

  9. violetta says:

    Hi, can we see the fabric scarf too, please? Txs!!!

  10. carol says:

    My friend, Gerri Calpin made the scarf I was wearing in my Craftsy class. Here is a link to her website where you can see a photo.

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