Welcome to scarf season. This pin for a DIY braided scarf caught my eye a few months ago, and I decided to make one for my sister's birthday (and one for me, of course). It was a...learning experience. Sewing is not my strong suit, people!
Thank you to my lovely sister, Meg, for modeling the scarves. As we were shooting the photos, the front door kept opening and, one by one, my girls and niece appeared looking for their mamas.
"Hey, here's proof you can even provide childcare while wearing this scarf!" Meg exclaimed as the girls climbed all over her.
For the scarf pictured above and below, I used an inexpensive linen blend in honey and potent purple. The fabric turned out to be a bit scratchy—no more scratchy than wool but not exactly soft. The linen was much easier to work with than the jersey knit suggested in the original pin, however.
I liked the color combination from the pin so much that I replicated it using these yellow and grey jersey knits (below). This was my first experience working with stretchy jersey fabric. It was challenging; the ends curl and you have to be careful not to stretch the fabric as you sew or it will end up pulled (and terrible). But the material is soft and comfortable to wear.
Overall I’d say the scarves turned out well—if you don’t look too closely at my blind stitching!
Interested in making your own braided scarf? Here's the tutorial.
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I'm Julia Soplop, writer and photographer. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.