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TUTORIAL • How to Make a Neckerchief Scarf

Posted on April 15, 2016

The Neckerchief is proving to be one of the "Must Have" items for 2016. Whether it's plain, polka-dot, floral, paisley or patterned, it's the perfect accessory to take you from Spring to Summer!

The Draper's Daughter Neckerchief Scarf Tutorial in Nani Iro Joy Flower

Our Nani Iro for Kokka double gauze fabrics are perfect, however any lightweight fabric will work equally well. The great thing is, that depending on the size of neckerchief you'd like to make, you'll only need one Fat Quarter, or at the most three quarters of a metre of fabric, so they're a fantastic way of updating an outfit for very little money!

The finished measurements for our neckerchief are 45cm X 45cm; however we have seen others which measure 65cm X 65cm, so it's really a question of the end look that you'd like to achieve.

You will need:

  • One Fat Quarter of your chosen fabric, or fabric to enable you to achieve the size you'd like. For ours, we're using Nani Iro for Kokka's Joy Flower
  • Cotton Thread, either tonal or a contrast depending on the effect you'd like to create, we've used the 100% Organic Cotton Thread in Black

To make:

Firstly, you'll need to pre-wash your fabric before starting.

The Draper's Daughter Neckerchief Tutorial in Nani Iro Joy Flower

Then cut your fabric to make a 48cm square. The best way to cut clean, straight lines is with a rotary cutter and a quilting ruler on a self healing cutting mat. However, if you don't have these tools you can use a pair of good dressmaking scissors. Make a paper template to the desired size, so for ours it would be 48cm X 48cm.

The Draper's Daughter Neckerchief Tutorial

With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, turn a 7mm hem on all four sides, as shown below. Press.

The Draper's Daughter Neckerchief Tutorial

Turn the hem again and press once more. You'll now have a double hem, as you can see below. 

The Draper's Daughter Neckerchief Tutorial in Nani Iro Joy Flower

Once the fabric has cooled, unfold all the edges. Use the fold lines as a guide to trim the corners by carefully cutting a triangle to prevent the corners from being too bulky. You need to be careful not to cut too close to the corner of the handkerchief when the hem is turned as you don't want it to fray.

The Draper's Daughter Neckerchief Scarf Tutoral

Re-fold, making sure to tuck in any frayed edges. Pin the corners to secure it for sewing.

The Draper's Daughter Neckerchief Tutorial in Nani Iro Joy Flower

Then using a straight stitch, stitch 5mm in from the outer edge of the handkerchief, making sure you back-stitch at the start and finish. At the corners make sure you leave the needle in the down position, lift the presser foot and pivot the handkerchief 90 degrees to ensure a crisp corner, sew all four sides in this way. 

The Draper's Daughter Neckerchief Scarf Tutorial

And there you have it! So simple and a great way to update your existing wardrobe.

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