How To Make A Head Scarf

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a head scarf, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to show you how to do just that.

woman wearing a homemade head scarf

And you aren’t going to believe how easy it is to do. They can be made in just 10 minutes, not even kidding.

These pieces are both functional and stylish. If you make one, you’re bound to make at least a dozen more.


You need to know how to make a head scarf because you are going to want them in every color, and a variety of patterns too.

And when you find that you bought an outfit that would look great with one, you can pick up a piece of fabric and make it happen. Just like that!

But, perhaps the more important question is, why are you going to want to have a great selection of them on hand?

And there’s more than one answer to that question. First, they have the ability to elevate just about any outfit. There are very few looks that are out of their league. They cover everything from very casual to casual business attire with ease.

They keep your hair out of your face when you’re involved in hands on activities, like; gardening, yard work, cooking, sewing, cleaning, and more.

And they can conceal a bad hair day like nobody’s business. Put on a simple head scarf and all of a sudden your hair is looking great.


There are very few supplies needed to make a head scarf. And it is likely that you have all of them in your craft supplies already.

supplies needed to make a head scarf

You may have to pick up the fabric, but that’s really a big part of the fun of learning how to make a head scarf.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make one for yourself …

  • KNIT FABRIC – If you can get some jersey knit fabric for your head scarf that is the ideal choice. It’s thinner than regular knit fabric and makes a very appealing piece. I used regular knit for the scarf I made for this project because that was what was available to me. I’m happy with the result, and would recommend this fabric as well.
  • MEASURING TAPE – I like to use a measuring tape that’s made for sewing when working with fabric. I feel it’s easier to work with. But any measuring tape will do the job. You can even use a ruler for this job, as you will not be measuring more than 12″.
  • MARKER – If you have a fabric pencil you can use that to make your scarf. It will wash out of the fabric when you run it through the washing machine. I just used a regular sharpie marker as that’s what I had. It’s simple enough to cut inside the line on the fabric. And if you miss a spot it won’t matter because the line lands on the inside of the scarf anyway.
  • FABRIC SCISSORS – A good pair of fabric scissors makes cutting the fabric accurately much easier when doing this project.
  • THREAD – You will need thread that coordinates with the fabric you choose to make your scarf.
  • SEWING MACHINE – This project could be sewn by hand. It would take some time, but it is definitely doable. If you have access to a sewing machine you can have it done in just minutes.


When learning how to make a head scarf, it’s very important to learn how to choose the right material for the project.

woman wearing a home sewn head scarf

The material that I’ve seen most often recommended to make these pieces is jersey knit. I couldn’t find any of that particular type of fabric at my local store. So, I picked up a piece of regular knit material.

The difference between the two of these fabrics is their thickness. Jersey knit is thinner than regular knit.

Each of them will have a slightly different look when completed. I’m perfectly happy with the scarf I made from regular knit. But I may order a piece of jersey knit online to make another for my upcoming collection.

I haven’t tried other materials but I’m thinking that anything with a little bit of stretch and ‘grab’ to it would work.

You have to have stretch in the material so that it can be snuggly placed on your head. And it will need to have a texture that grabs to itself, so that it stays put when you tuck in the ends to secure it.

Additionally, if the fabric you choose is prone to fraying, you will have to hem the ends of the scarf to prevent that from happening. This step is not necessary when working with knit material.


If you follow these 4 simple steps you will have learned how to make a head scarf like a pro. And believe me, steps don’t get any easier than these.

First measure and cut your fabric to a 12″ x 65″ piece.

measuring material to cut it for a sewing project

Then fold it lengthwise, keeping right sides of the fabric together, and matching up the edges as you do.

showing material with right sides facing each other for a sewing project

Sew the edges of the fabric closed, using a 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam. Be sure to tack the ends of the seam well.

showing a seam on material for a homemade sewing project

Turn the scarf inside right and you’re done. You are now the proud owner of one functional and stylish head scarf.

turning fabric right side out for a sewing project


The only thing that is as great as how easy it is to make this piece is how easy it is to put it on.

Arrange the head scarf so that the seam is going down the center of one of the sides when it’s folded. This will make it so that the seam is not seen when you’re wearing it.

woman showing how to fold a head scarf

Then find the midpoint of the scarf and place it on the center of the top of your head.

woman showing how to center a homemade head scarf

Bring the sides down around your head and cross them at the base of your head.

woman showing how to put on a homemade head scarf

Snuggly bring one side up around your head and tuck it into the back of the scarf on the opposite side.

woman showing how to wrap a homemade head scarf

Then repeat with the other side.

woman showing an overview of a homemade head scarf


Once you’ve mastered how to make a head scarf, you will want to learn how to take care of your finished piece.

woman wearing a homemade head scarf

And that is just as easy as the rest of this project. If you are using the jersey knit or knit material that is recommended for this piece, you can simply wash and dry it just as you would one of your t-shirts.

In the event that you decide to use a different fabric. to make your scarf, you will need to follow the laundering recommendations for that material.

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Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $4

This easy to make head scarf can be done in just 10 minutes. It will bring just about any outfit to another level. And does a great job at covering up a bad hair day.


  • 1/2 yard knit material, 65" wide, jersey knit preferred
  • Thread, coordinating color


  • Sewing tape measure
  • Fabric pen
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine


  1. Measure, mark, and cut your fabric to measure 12" wide by 65" long.
  2. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together.
  3. Sew the raw edges together, using a 1/4"x1/2" seam. Be sure to tack the seam well at both ends.
  4. Turn the fabric right side out.
  5. Trim the thread from the ends.
  6. Your head scarf is ready to wear.

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