Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Ponytail Scarf

on February 23 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 76 Comments

Each month Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! shares a new project featuring one of our current fabric collections. Elizabeth was a SMS Board Member last spring. In addition to today’s fun, she has a series of excellent, free tutorials and PDF patterns in her Etsy shop. Today’s ponytail scarf project is a free PDF download for you to enjoy.

From Elizabeth: This month, we’re looking at Woodland Wonderland by Jay McCarroll. These prints featuring little deer, mushrooms, ants and trees are cute without being cutesy. My favorite is Wood Maze, which looks like slices of tree trunks populated by tiny ants. Besides being great for simple accessories, I think these prints would make a really wonderful baby or lap quilt.


I used a fat quarter pack to make some simple ponytail scarves. Despite being bias-cut, these are quite easy to make. They’re also a fun, preppy accessory that’s perfect for Spring and Summer.


Cutting these scarves on the bias makes them hang nicely, and really sets off the prints on the fabric. It also gives the scarves a tiny amount of stretch, which makes it easy to tie them securely around a ponytail.


The tutorial includes a variation for a child-size scarf. If you don’t have enough hair for a ponytail, either size can be a fun embellishment for a bag or purse.


Even though you only need a fat quarter to make this project, you’ll still have some great scraps. I made six scarves and had enough fabric left over to make this little mat, which is a smaller version of Alissa’s sew-along doll quilt.

Download our Simple Ponytail Scarf Tutorial PDF, and have fun!

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76 Responses to Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Ponytail Scarf

  1. Donna Logan says:

    I as just in the local Coach store and love the ponytail scarves used for their purses, but at 38-48$ each I was looking for a pattern, when I happened on your website. I went to the local fabric store & purchased $5 worth of fabric and made 3 scarves.. I am sure I will have the best dressed purses!

  2. Anita says:

    For my 8 year old who likes to keep redoing her ponytail, I like to tie these right to the ponytail holder.

  3. Laura says:

    How cute and fun for Spring!

  4. Ali says:

    This fabric is so fun!

  5. Shannon says:

    What a great idea! I love this and will definately be making some for gifts.

  6. kate says:

    These are fabulous!

  7. Jodie says:

    So cute!

  8. Jessica says:

    SUPER cute! I think I need to make some of these!

  9. KaeleyAnne says:

    This is a beautiful project. I’ve been thinking about making something like these scarves for awhile, so I’m really happy you posted this project.

  10. Jaime says:

    Those are so cute! I love Jay’s stuff. What a cute way to turn a plain old ponytail into something cheerleader fabulous!

  11. JaneR says:

    Cute. Cute. Cute! Thank you for another wonderful FatQuarter idea…that also gives us scraps to play with.

  12. anna w says:

    I love the fabric! And thanks for the great tutorials! My hair isn’t long enough for a ponytail, but I love the idea, and I imagine that if I cut the scarves a tad longer they might work as a headband 🙂

  13. lesley says:

    so pretty!

  14. Anya T. says:

    Those look great! Thanks.

  15. Stacy says:

    very cute! Thanks!

  16. Deb V says:

    These are so cute. I also like the material. It really fits the project.

  17. adrienne says:

    It’s wonderful that Elizabeth even uses the scraps to make fabulous items! That’s why I am obsessed with her blog.


  18. Rebecca C says:

    LOVE the mat!!

  19. Karen says:

    Gorgeous! Now if only the girls’ hair would grow a bit so I can make some!

  20. Ann-Marie says:

    how cute!!! I can’t wait to make a few for my girly! 😉

  21. Melissa says:

    My little girls would love these! I’ll have to give it a try. 🙂

  22. Leah says:

    I love the woodland fabrics, you have a fantastic blog!

  23. Barbara says:

    Cute ponytail scarves and I love the little mat–that would be a good size to practice meandering quilting on.

  24. Becka says:

    These are so cute. I have made pony tail “scrunchies” with my beginning sewing students but these are so much more stylish. Thank you for the great idea!

  25. Emma says:

    Oh! I was just looking for a tutorial on how to make these! Thanks so much =-)

  26. Ali says:

    What fun!
    I stumbled on this wonderful blog a few days ago and have kept myself very busy with FQs for the last few rainy days!! Thanks!

  27. Grace says:

    that little mat is cute, good use of scraps

  28. Helena says:

    Thanks, my daughter will love this. She has been wearing her hair in pig tail this is cute…

  29. amy says:

    Great ideas!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    mmm…can’t wait for my hair to grow out!

  31. Libby says:

    Cute, Cute, Cute, I love pony tails on little girls.

  32. Kara says:

    I’m definitely going to make this one… thanks for the tutorial

  33. Heidi says:

    Those are neat. I also love the little mat.

  34. Stacey says:

    Those are really cute!

  35. Suzanne says:

    My daughter’s hair is just getting long enough to put in a ponytail. These look great.

  36. Casey says:

    very cute! can’t wait to make some

  37. julia says:

    what a sweet project…and what a sweet fabric line!

  38. Laura says:

    I like the mat too. I’ve been wanting to make some. Cue idea.

  39. Baba says:

    Love the pony tail scarfs. I need to make some of these for my hair.

  40. Megan says:

    Very sweet, and I love the little mat too.

  41. elizabeth says:

    I love that fabric!
    Too bad my hair isn’t long enough for pony tails! But I like the little mat… perfect fit for my square table and a great way to use my leftovers from other FQ projects!

  42. Sabra says:

    This looks like a fun, easy project. Thanks for this great fat quarter month!!

  43. Suzy says:

    Love the fabrics.

  44. Heather B says:

    Beautiful! I’ll definitely will be making a scarf in the near future.

  45. jodie says:

    Great idea!

  46. Jennifer says:

    I love these!

  47. Bethany says:

    Cute scarves! And thanks for an idea for the scraps!

  48. Michelle says:

    My girls will absolutely love these, thanks as always, Elizabeth. Your tutorials are *always* so detailed and utterly awesome. This time, I especially liked the “for maximum efficiency” phrase. :0)

  49. wendy says:

    Wow, I didn’t even see the tiny ants on the tree cookies until you mentioned them! So cute!

  50. Valerie says:

    I just love the little mushrooms in this line!

    I’m sure my princess needs a couple of preppy pony holders 🙂

  51. Trina says:

    I so need to do this. My hair is always up in a pony-tail, so this will be a great way to make me not look so drab.

  52. Danielle says:

    My hair just go long enough for a ponytail and it could definitely use some embellishment!

  53. lifeasamama says:

    wow – i liked the scarves and then i got to the end and i LOVED the little mat….

  54. Tracey says:

    A friend of mine, buys all sorts of these! I think now is a perfect opportuntity to make her some and show her how she could save bundles and still look awesome!

  55. Miss Behave says:

    I have the deers in green and love them! Wouldn’t be to sad if I get some more green fabric though 🙂

  56. water works says:

    Awesome use of cute fabric. I really like the mat at the end. Thank you for the directions.

  57. Kay says:

    Very cute .. makes me wish my niece was a little older so she could wear these!

  58. Kathleen G. says:

    Elizabeth – these are wonderful! Thank you for the PDF pattern! My girls are going to go crazy over these.

  59. Clara says:

    I love this way to wear your fabrics with out spending a fortune.

  60. kristine hanson says:

    cute!!! I love the little mat too! I think I might whip one of those up today for my bedside table, need some spring in my bedroom!!

  61. Jennifer says:

    i was looking at my fat quarter pack yesterday wondering what i’ll do with it. the fabrics are too cool and i have yet to untie my bundle…i like the table runner/mat idea.

  62. Betsy M says:

    What a simple but great idea. My girls are going to love this!

  63. Lorrie says:

    Although I have no need for ponytail scarves, the project is one to keep in the back of my mind. But I do love the table mat you made with the leftovers. The orange adds a sweet bright touch.


  64. Alisa says:

    Neat idea! I can see myself making one to ‘match’ my girls’ outfits I’ve made. Or is that geeky? They are only 4 and 6 so they probably won’t think so. 🙂

  65. Sarah K says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and tutorials.

  66. valerie says:

    i love this. This is something that I think I can do. Thank you so much.

  67. sarah says:

    really loving this scarf!

  68. Kristin says:

    What a cute project for fat quarters! I don’t normally like orange, but am loving the blue and orange fabric in the pics.

  69. Katie says:

    Looks pretty easy. Thanks.

  70. Barb says:

    LOVE the fabric…I wish I had long enough hair for the scarf!

  71. Toby says:

    oh i love the look of these in ponytails!

  72. Christy says:

    Too cute! Love it!

  73. Ellen Ban says:

    Love the scarves and mat, as well as the Woodland Wonderland fabric…

  74. Southern Gal says:

    What a way to dress up a drab ponytail holder.

  75. Tammy :) says:

    The mat is so cute!

  76. qsogirl says:

    Thanks!! I was *just* thinking about how to make scarves like these in the car on the way to work today! 🙂

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