This woven scarf quilt pattern is easy enough for a beginning sewer to make. You don’t need perfect seam allowances, to sew perfectly straight, or to have any kind of fancy quilting skills! The scarves are very forgiving, and this will cover up most mistakes! Stitching them all together is fairly time consuming, so you’ll want to set aside a couple evenings where you can sit and sew with your favorite show on in the background, or your favorite playlist in your earbuds.
Woven scarf quilt pattern supplies:
- 30 Scarves (I used polka-dot scarves, but ombre, striped, or solid would look just as good)
- 1 Piece of cardstock
- Pen and ruler
- Sewing machine threaded, and with a zig-zag stitch
Start by looking at the size of your scarves.
I have 30 sarves – 15 will go horizontal and 15 will go vertical. 15 goes into the length of the scarf (62.99) 4 times (with a little bit left over). I’m not worried about the 2.99 inches left because scarves are pretty fluid, so adding a teeny bit to each 4″ segment will be fine.
So, my basic math tells me that each scarf will end up 4″ wide in the quilt. I made a template out of the cardstock to help with the sewing. This is much easier than trying to lay everything out and pin it in place. And faster.
Now it is time to grab those scarves and get sewing! Set your machine to a zig-sag stich. You want the stitch to be at least as wide as it is long. The zig-zag is a little stretchy, so will help give some movement to the finished quilt, and is more forgiving in being able to grab the edges of the scarf as you sew.
Grab one scarf, and put it at your sewing machine so that the long side is coming towards you (you can allow it to pool in your lap or off to the side). Grab a second scarf (the same color or a different color, doesn’t matter), and lay it perpendicular to the first, with the edges touching on two sides.
Grab one scarf, and put it at your sewing machine so that the long side is coming towards you (you can allow it to pool in your lap or off to the side). Grab a second scarf (the same color or a different color, doesn’t matter), and lay it perpendicular to the first, with the edges touching on two sides. The short side of scarf 2 should be touching the long side of scarf 1. Tack them together with a few stitches at the corner. Using your template, wrinkle up the top scarf so that it is only 4″ wide. Use your hands to hold it flat while you stitch down these 4 inches.
Now grab a second scarf, and put it under the first, and parallel to the second. Squish it up to 4″ wide, and stitch down.
Repeat, adding scarves over, then under, then over, then under, until you get to the end of the first scarf. When you have about 4 scarves to go at the end, eyeball how much room you have left, and either stretch out or wrinkle up the scarves a little more so that everything fits.
Now it is time to tack down the other side of the first scarf. You’ll put your template on top, to make sure it is 4″ wide, and that the scarf that is either over or under it is also 4″ wide, and then stitch down.
Keep adding more scarves, stitching down one side as you weave and measure, and then stitching down the other side as you continue to measure.
When you get to the last few scarves, adjust the width as needed to add all the scarves. Or, if it makes it fit better, leave off one scarf so it is only 14 scarves wide.
Once all the scarves are stitched together, you can add a second series of stitches perpendicular to the first set holding it together. This will make it more firm and durable – I chose not to, and my scarf quilt is holding up just fine. In fact, there is one family member who is a huge fan.