How to Sew Scarves Cascading Scarf



It’s almost scarf season, which reminds me to share our most popular scarf-sewing blog posting! With a serger, a 1/2 yard of fabric, and a little elastic, you’ll soon be wearing a new scarf.

If you’re a Sewing With Nancy viewer, you know that sewing scarves is not a new topic for me. During my miniseries on “Sensational Scarves,” I detailed the Cascading Scarf, an 18″ wide scarf with a casing and elastic added to the center of the scarf. Here’s a variation where the scarf is finished with a serged edge, and the cascading is created with a unique elastic technique.

  • Cut two crosswise strips of fabric 7″ wide, and seam the short ends. If the length is longer than 90″, trim off the excess.


How to Sew Scarves Cascading Scarf



  • Select a rolled edge stitch on your serger. Test the stitching and adjust the stitch length if necessary. If you don’t have a serger, turn under the edges and stitch. More detailed instructions can be found in the Sensational Scarves book.
  • Serge all the edges.


How to Sew Scarves Cascading Scarf



  • Place a tiny drop of a seam sealant at the corners.
  • After the seam sealant has fully dried, clip off the excess thread tails. 
    How to Sew Scarves Cascading Scarf



  • Press mark the center. Fold the long edges in half, then press.
  • Use 1/4″ wide elastic or cut Fantastic Elastic (Yes, you can cut this elastic.) to 1/4″ wide. The length of the elastic needed is half the length of the scarf, plus 5″.
  • Measure down 2-1/2″ from each end of the elastic. Pin the elastic to the top and bottom of the scarf, the extra 2-1/2″ should extend beyond the scarf—it serves as a handle, something to grasp onto while stretching and stitching.
  • Stretch the elastic to meet the fabric, centering the elastic over the press mark.


How to Sew Scarves Cascading Scarf



  • Set your machine for a wide zigzag and stitch over the elastic.


How to sew scarves Cascading Scarf



  • When you finish stitching the elastic to the fabric, reinforce the stitching at each end of the scarf.


How to sew scarves Cascading Scarf



  • Trim off the excess elastic. Ta da!


How to Sew Scarves Cascading Scarf Nancy Zieman



  • Clip off the second elastic tail and you’re finished!

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Sew Amazing Scarves on "Sewing With Nancy" with host Nancy Zieman



Sensational Scarves part one

Sensational Scarves part two

Sew Amazing Scarves part one

Sew Amazing Scarves part two

Sew Amazing Scarves part three

Books and DVDs

The original scarf instructions, plus 12 other great ideas, are featured in the book, Sensational Scarves. Then, my staff and I developed more scarf ideas in Sew Amazing Scarves. Options! Options!


Sensational Scarves Nancy Zieman




Sew Amazing Scarves by Nancy Zieman



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