July 23, 2012


With so many gorgeous designer inspired scarves out this season, its always great to find new ways to wear them. Because this scarf bag has a lightweight, billowy nature it is the perfect Summer accessory.

This Scarf Bag DIY turns a fashion scarf into a hip bag that will add a splash of color to any outfit.

Scarf Bag DIY Feature


What youll need to make your Scarf Bag DIY:

  • 1 Large Scarf (mine is 42″ square)
  • 1 Yard of half inch cord
  • 1 Yard of plain fabric or a bag to cover
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread
  • Sewing machine

Scarf Bag DIY Supplies
Step 1

Starting with your plain fabric measure 14 inches across and at least 14 inches long. I folded mine twice as you can see in the pictures, so my bag would be doubled with no raw edges sticking out. Pin your seams.

Step 2

Sew your side seams and your top seam, leaving about 3 inches open so you can turn your bag right side out.

Cute Scarf Bag DIY

Step 3

Turn your bag right side out, fold it around so that one fits inside the other making your bag a double layer.
Once your bag is turned right side out, take your needle and thread and hand stitch the opening closed.

How To Make A Scarf Bag

Step 4

Layout your scarf and decide what part you want to have as your focus on the bag. Since my scarf had stripes I had to decide if I wanted them horizontal or vertical. If your scarf has a solid background you wont have to worry about this.
Once youve decided how you want your scarf to look, cut it in half.

Step 5

Lay your 2 scarf pieces together with right sides facing. Lay your bag on top in the center to measure the opening youll need to leave. Pin your sides and using your sewing machine, sew your sides across from the bag opening to the edge of your scarf.

Step 6

Turn your scarf right side out and lay it flat on the table. Place your bag on top and measure around it marking with pins where you will be sewing. Mark all the way around your bag. Be sure to leave at least a half inch of scarf fabric at the top opening of your bag. (You will be folding this over inside the bag and stitching it down later.)

Scarf Bag DIY Tutorial

Step 7

Using your sewing machine sew a seam all the way around your bag, this seam will be on the outside of your bag, you will not be turning it around.

Step 8

Slide your bag inside the pocket you just sewed.

Step 9

Fold the top edge over and pin it down. I folded mine over twice to avoid any raw edges.

Step 10

Using your needle and thread, stitch your scarf to your bag.

Scarf Bag DIY How To

Step 11

Take your cord and place it on the inside corner of your bag, at least 1 inch down. Sew it tightly in place. Do the same for the other side.

Scarf Bag DIY DetailScarf Bag DIY

Scarves are one of the most versatile accessories out there. With more ways to wear them than there are scarves, you can never go wrong with a scarf purchase. Its a great way to freshen up your look and because there are so many great prints and colors at every price point, youre sure to find one or twenty that work for you.
This scarf bag DIY is a fun way to transform your scarf into an on trend bag. It channels a little bit of Stevie Nicks with its billowy “scarfyness” and just enough chic to invoke images of Jackie O. in Capri. Its a relaxed look that maintains plenty of chic elegance.

Drop me a line if you have any questions or leave me a comment and let me know how yours turned out.