Triangle Scarf Tutorial

This triangle scarf sewn using 2 knit fabrics. I like using contrasting colors for more interest and detail. Different knit weights will give different effects. Bulky knits will stand up more like a collar while softer knits will have a more draped effect. Bring some personality in with an oversized button. I love when I get the chance to use my vintage buttons; many times they are a one of a kind.

Triangle Scarf in 3 different knit fabrics

Let’s get started!

What you will need:

  • Sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pins
  • hand sewing needle
  • long ruler or straight edge ( tape measure will work)
  • thread
  • cord or soft 1/4″ piping to make cord
  • 3/4 yard of 2 different 60″ wide knit fabrics you could use fleece and flannel ( 60″ x 24″ minimum)
  • oversized button

Start by laying the more difficult knit flat, this would be the thicker fabric or the more shifty fabric. This fabric is bulky and I had to fuss with it to get the ribs straight. The piece should measure 60″ wide. The fabric may be slightly smaller 57″ – 60″ but ideal 60″ is best. The length needs to be a minimum of 24″ long.

Start by making the fabric across the 60″ dimension even. It is helpful to use a long straight edge or ruler. Measure in the very center down 24″ and mark or place a pin.

Starting at the far left top corner, connect with the mark at 24″ down. If you can mark on your fabric it is helpful to draw a line. I could not so I cut against a straight edge.

Next cut from 24″ down center point up to the right hand top corner.

Again you will see I cut against the ruler.

This should be your finished result, I triangle that is 60″ across with a hight of 24″.

Place the cut triangle face down on the second fabric that should be face up. Pin right sides together and cut.

Next you will need to cut cord or make cord. I have decided to make the cord using one of the fabrics. For this method you will need a piece of soft piping, soft rope or even chunky yarn that is 2 times as long as the finished piece of cord needed or more. For me, I cut 18″ because I need about 5″ to go around my large button. this may change depending on the size of the button. I cut a 2″ wide strip of fabric to go around my cord and have enough for a 1/2″ seam allowance. The length of fabric should be a bit more than the finished amount you need. If you are using flannel cut on the bias. Place the fabric in the center of the pice of cord so the right side of the fabric faces the cord.

Wrap around and pin in place.

Sew across the top to the fabric as shown.

With a zipper foot, sew next to the piping being sure not to catch it at all. I used a zigzag on my knit fabric.

When you are done sewing, start close to the beginning of your sewing and pull the tube of fabric onto the exposed piping.

Keep working the fabric on to the piping and it will start to look like this.

The finished result is fabric snugly wrapped around the piping.

When you cut the cord add in some extra because the fabric will shrink after cutting. leave enough for a 1″ seam allowance on each end.

Peal back one corner and place the loop between the layers. Here you can see the 1″ seam allowance.

Now you are ready to sew.

Start on the 60″ long side close to the center. I suggest a zigzag stitch especially on loose knit fabric like this.

You can see here the point is cut back as not to make a sharp point. it would be imposable to work the corner out once you were finished.

On the corner with the loop, sew as far down next to the loop as you can then sew across and next to the loop again. Be sure not to catch the loop except at the end. Sew all the way around leaving a 5″ spot to turn

Seams should look something like this.

Turn right side out.

Hand stitch opening with matching thread.

Choose where you would like the button to be and hand sew on.

It’s done and ready to wear!

To wear place the center on first then wrap ends towards the front to button.

Some other fabric combinations