Scarf Solution for Practical Girls

by Joan on October 19, 2012

My favorite scarf, except for those dangly things…

Yes Nancy, my life is NOT scarf friendly. You mentioned this in your scarf post and you are oh so correct! Those dangling strings, the constant readjustment, the learning curve on knot tying…aargh! But, I do love the scarf thing. Keeps my neck really warm. (What? That’s not the point?)

You’ve given the women who wear scarves as a fashion accessory so many great ideas. And you walk the walk, because I’ve seen you wearing scarves recently and they were all tied or wrapped beautifully. You are a testament to how scarves can be used to really spice up an outfit.

But, for those of us who don’t have the patience for dangly things and futzing and fashion accessories over and above earrings…I have a solution!

I gathered every scarf I owned in one place. And my first thought was, I HAVE TOO MANY SCARVES! But some are “snuggle on the couch” scarves, some are “wear with a coat only” scarves. After sorting, I came up with eight “accessory” scarves, all with fringe in various states of scraggliness.  They were all basically the same length and fabrics varied from slinky and slick to soft and snuggly.

That’s an embarrassing number of scarves. And so much fringe!

With scarf videos playing on my computer, I started wrapping and tying and twisting and tucking and throwing ends over my shoulder.  I came up with two realizations.  As a small person, a scarf can quickly overwhelm me.  There’s just not much space around my neck to work with.  And no matter how much I wrap and knot, the fringe and dangly ends simply don’t work for me.

The answer was easy – I’m an infinity scarf girl.  A loop that requires no thinking to put on – over head, cross, over head – done. So why not make infinity scarves out of the other eight?

I got my scissors out and sewing machine warmed up.  For each scarf, I pinned the ends (right sides of the fabric together if it had one) sewed a double seam and then whacked off the offending fringe.  I’m sure the seam could be fancier. But since it’s not going to be seen (the seam should be at the back of your neck) then I wasn’t going to worry about it much.

Pinned and chopped. I’m feeling happier already!

Double-stitched seam complete!


It took me all morning, but when I was done I had eight infinity scarves and a big pile of fringe.


So if you prefer form over function, immediately go to Nancy’s scarf post.  But if keeping your neck warm comes first and style points are merely a bonus, you’re in the right place!

(I shared this on Tilly’s Nest and In Designer Jeans!)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods October 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

Great way to find what works for you and make an adjustment to the scarves you already had. Awesome job!
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Joan October 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

Thanks for stopping by, Tammy! I threw one of the scarves on today before I started the laundry and Monday morning chores and I haven’t needed to adjust it once. That’s a winner in my book!
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Kim October 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

What a great idea! We don’t have much scarf-weather down here in Texas but if we did I would definitely be a no fringe kind of girl :) Thanks so much for sharing the idea!
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Nancy Nancy November 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I have to add these scarves look great on Joan!
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