This DIY has been several months in the making, and I finally had a little bit of time to do it! I have been admiring the neckerchief look for a long time, but have had the HARDEST time finding ones in stores, especially ones like I like. I'm talking like limited to Madewell and Old Navy. The problem is that every time I've found them, I can't believe the cost of just a little bit of fabric! From my small background in sewing, I know what they cost to make, and I couldn't believe the mark up on them. I also like thin neckerchiefs, because I hate the feeling of a bunch of fabric wrapped around my neck. That's why I decided to create a DIY for all you guys who are in the same boat as me! The best part, I had some leftover fabric, enough to make scrunchies! You can find a scrunchie tutorial here.
Cost to make: Depending on the items you already have, it could be as low as 1.00 each to make!
- Fabric- I got my fabric at Joanns, and they had a ton of cute vintage inspired prints to choose from (I asked the girl to cut 4.5 Inches for each neckerchief). You can also buy some at a thrift store, or repurpose some old clothing. Cotton is the easiest to sew, and usually the cheapest. The silk-like fabric is the most authentic to being like a vintage neckerchief, but harder to sew, and frays a lot. The stretch doesn't lay flat, so I had to add an extra seam along the long edge.
1: Start by cutting a long strip of fabric 4.5 inches wide, by however long you want your neckerchief to be (I measured by wrapping it around my neck and guesstimating how long I wanted it to be after tying it and everything). I measured mine to be 3 feet. You can also make it long enough to double as a headband. Make sure to add a little seam allowance on each end.
2. Fold your strip in half, and iron it down INSIDE OUT.
3. You should have a nice pretty crease, and your fold should lay the two sides flat.
4. Sew along the edge all the way down. I would suggest sewing it about a 4th of an inch in, just so the ends don't fray and rip open your stiches.
5. Make a diagonal cut on one of the ends as shown.
6. Next, fold your two ends together, and line up the cut side, with the other side. Make a cut following the line of the already cut side, to keep both cuts even. You should have two matching diagonal cut ends.
7. Create a seam closing off one of the ends by following the diagonal line.
8. Turn the strip right side out by taking the sewn end, and pushing it through all the way to the other side of the strip. Make sure to push it out as much as possible (until you see the edge seams).
9. Next, you'll want to finish off the other edge. Take the outside seams, and turn them in so they won't fray.
10. The end should look like this when you sew it.
11. Add one last seam to the other side to match the exposed seam on the other side. I personally like the exposed seams on the edges.
12. Iron down all of the edges to make your neckerchief lay flat.
13. Viola! Your neckerchief should look like this!