Stay cozy all winter long with a scarf made from a flannel pillowcase. It’s like bringing your blankie out with you when you leave the house! Add some decorative buttons to make it unique. Follow my easy tutorial to learn how to sew a scarf from a flannel pillowcase.
Sew a Scarf from a Flannel Pillowcase
- Standard size flannel pillowcase
- Iron and ironing board
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
- Button hole presser foot
- Sewing needle
- Washable fabric pen
- Seam ripper
- Anti-fraying glue
- Covered button kit
- Lace fabric or wide lace trim
- Thin white fabric, such as muslin
First, make sure you wash and press your pillowcase. Then, cut the pillowcase down the side seam and down the folded end, so you have separated the pillow into two separate pieces. You’ll just use one piece for the scarf (so you can make two scarves with one pillowcase. Fold the fabric lengthwise, then sew along all three sides, leaving a gap along one of the short sides, as shown below. So, you’ll sew all along one short side, all along the long side, and ten stop about 1/3 of the way on the short side. Then, pick up your presser foot, skip the middle 1/3 of the short side, and start sewing again about 1/3 from the corner. Back stitch at the beginnings and ends of your sewing.
Turn the pillow case right side out through the gap. Then, press all of these seams flat, including the opening.
Hand-stitch the opening closed, using a ladder stitch, just like you would hand-sew a pillow closed.
Now for the button holes. My scarf is 9 inches wide, so I found the midpoint, then measured 1.5 inches from either side of the midpoint. I determined the size of button hole I would need based on my buttons (mine were 3/4 inch) and added a little bit more to that. Then, I drew a line in the length I’d need for my button holes (1.25 inches) at the 1.5 inch points around the midpoint.
Insert your button hole presser foot into your sewing machine (all machines are different so be sure you know how to use your sewing machine’s button hole presser foot). Practice making the appropriate size button hole on scrap fabric, then make your button holes in the scarf.
After you’ve stitched your button holes, use a seam ripper to open the button hole. To prevent your seam ripper from cutting through the stitching, place a pin at the end of the button hole, which will “stop” your seam ripper.
You can use any buttons you wish, but I had lots of fun making these lace buttons. I cut a piece of thin muslin fabric and a piece of lace, and layered one on top of the other. Then, I used a covered button kit to make a lace button, making sure the lace fabric ends up on top of the button. Repeat with the other button.
The buttons should be placed along the long edge. Wrap the scarf around your neck so the short edge (where the button holes are) meets the edge of the long edge. Use your marker to mark where the buttons should go. Here’s what the button and button hole placement should look like with the scarf laying flat.
All done. If you have some experience, you’ll be able to sew a scarf from a flannel pillow case in no time. If you’re just starting out, this is also a good beginner’s project as it will introduce you to some techniques that you’ll use over and over again.