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Quick-to-Make Project: Serger Scarf

This project takes only minutes to create and can create several different looks.
Create this beautiful drapey scarf in minutes with your serger.

Do you ever want to make a project that you can whip up in just a few minutes? Maybe it is meant as an antidote to all the couture sewing you’ve been doing lately, or maybe you just need a last-minute gift for a friend. Here’s a project that takes minutes to make. It’s a scarf that you simply cut and run up on your serger.


•  1 yard 44-inch-wide silk fabric. You can also use chiffon, charmeuse, or even lightweight cotton or rayon. The example shown is made with polyester chiffon.
•  Thread to match or contrast. You’ll need three spools for your serger.

Cut and prep

1. Cut a 36-inch fabric square. This is easiest to do if you have a gridded cutting mat and a rotary cutter. If not, use a T-square or a carpenter’s square ruler to mark the fabric.

2. Set your serger to the rolled-hem setting. If your serger doesn’t have a built-in rolled hem, then simply set it up for three-thread serging, with the stitch length set to 1.5 mm.

Sew and finish

1. Starting at one corner, serge the length of your square and off the end. I don’t trim much off my edge, but if it makes you more comfortable, you can serge using 1/2-inch (10-mm) seam allowance. Repeat on all sides.

Serged fabric edge
Serge the cut fabric square to create finished edges.

2. Trim the excess thread chains, and if you like, dab a drop of antifray liquid on the corners.

3. Press the scarf. Then wrap it à la Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or Grace Kelly and wear with élan for a glamorous look.

Knotted serged scarf
There are many ways to wear your serged scarf, including this version of tying it and wearing the knot to one side.

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