October 1 Scrap Buster ~ Patchwork Scarves

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Patchwork Scarf by Leslie, one girl designwrks

Leslie writes, “I used a lovely organic hemp/cotton fleece on the backs of the scarves so they are super soft on little necks and the fringe on the ends is actually just the selvedge of a heavy cotton/linen fabric but could be created with bits of yarn as well.” We love the little added loop!

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97 Responses to October 1 Scrap Buster ~ Patchwork Scarves

  1. Gabrielle says:

    Here is my contribution – a beautiful Victorian Soft Doll made from scraps. It was so fun to make. The tutorial has 5 parts. The first part and pattern pdf are loaded and on the blog right now. I will load parts 2-5 this evening and tomorrow! Have FUN!

  2. Elizabeth says:


  3. Ramona says:

    I love the colors in the scarf. I need a new scarf this year and I think this is the one.

  4. Andrea says:

    I love this little scarf I wish there was a way I could see how it looks with the loop in use!

  5. carol says:

    What a great idea! Especially for quick gifts…

  6. Maria says:

    I combined all my blue scraps with a piece of bought spotty to create a quilt for my fave garden bench

  7. jill says:

    it looks so nice and lovely. i also made some scrapscarfs shown on my blog http://girlskickass.wordpress.com i used hand-me-down sweatshirts and a pair of tweedtrousers. i love this possebiliy to use up nice fabric of which you only have tiny pieces left. i am looking forward to the other scrapbusting projects.

  8. Sam says:

    my 16 mo old has a little neck that would love one of these this fall/winter. i’d like to try my hand at it- thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Jon says:

    great idea!

  10. Georgina says:

    Ooh, I love the idea of a teeny knotted scarf on a child. Tres European!

  11. juliecache says:

    LOVE the subject of scrapbusters. i’m tired of crazy quilting! The scarf here is an excellent idea. Thank you, thank you!

  12. trashalou says:

    I have loads of Amy Butler scraps this would suit.

  13. Caroline says:

    Can’t wait to make some of these for winter! Thanks for the tutorial!

  14. Lisa says:

    Great theme for the month! I have made up a Scrappy Loyalty Card Wallet that is a great way to use up those hard to part with scraps.


  15. Carrie says:

    Perfect for christmas exchanges. A quilter donated boxes and boxes of her scraps to the local thrift store, and they didn’t sell, so the ladies gave them to me! I’ll be taking notes this month!

  16. Melanie says:

    This looks great! I’ll have to experiment with some polartec.

  17. emily says:

    ooh i love the fabrics!

  18. Jennifer says:

    What a great gift idea! I love it!

  19. perches says:

    Such a cute project! I sense Xmas stocking-stuffers in my future…

  20. Margie says:

    So cute & you can make them to match all your coats.

  21. Heather says:

    I love these–fast and easy. . . love to back mine with chenille for extra softness and coziness.

  22. Lisa says:

    I love this idea very cute!

  23. BeckyS says:

    I love it! And I know a couple of little girls who would love having a scarf like this for Christmas..

  24. Lisa says:

    I love this scarf and I see three being made before Christmas.

  25. Andrea says:

    Cute! I’ve been thinking about making something like this with some “repurposed” linen clothing…love the idea of using scraps (though I don’t have many!)

  26. Mary says:

    Oh, I’m dying for that key fabric!

  27. Beautiful scarf–I love the blues. Here’s a picture of the scarf I made last year–
    I’m looking forward to seeing all the Scrap Buster projects this month.

  28. morepjs says:

    great… get rid of my scraps!! cant wait to see the ideas this month…

  29. Cindy says:

    Well, this looks easy. I like it!

  30. kathy h. says:

    Off to a great start.
    Keep the ideas coming – gift giving season is nearer than we think!

  31. Kristin Q says:

    So pretty, this would be a great gift for my daughter’s friends for upcoming birthdays! I am looking forward to the month of scrap projects.

  32. Sarahe4e says:

    I am so happy that the “Scraps” won out. Every thing I make is from scraps up to quarter flats.(excluding quilt backs). This first item, the lovely scarf is so clever and the answer to what different can I make for small Christmas gifts. Thanks for your hard work. Sarah e4e

  33. Amy says:

    Brilliant to use the selvedge as fringe!

  34. Tanya says:

    Oh I love scraps, have already made two patchwork scarves!

  35. Brooke says:

    very cute project. love the color choices.

  36. Jenny says:

    I am so excited to see what is going on with everyone else’s scraps. I love scraps and don’t play with them as much as I should!

  37. This is a great idea for a scrap buster and so timely as the cold air blew in today!

  38. Heather B says:

    Love the colors! I did one of these last year for my daughter’s winter concert – they all had to wear a scarf.

  39. Pam says:

    I was planning to make my college daughter a scrap scarf. This is just wonderful timing.

  40. Greeblygreebly says:

    What a great idea, the fleece looks so cozy and the patchwork side is very fasionable!

  41. betsy m says:

    It’s cold here today – this would be great!!

  42. Mary says:

    Hmm. Might have to make some for Christmas presents. BTW, I am so excited for Scrap Busters month!

  43. Barb says:

    So cute! I’m going to try to make an adult verion of this scarf…

  44. craftytammie says:

    I’ve been thinking about making some of these for gifts this holiday – I like the loop too!

  45. abby says:

    How clever, and what fun to coordinate fabrics to match favorite outfits.

  46. Emily says:

    Love this – just what I’ve been thinking about doing – but needed a kick in the bum.

  47. lina says:

    Pretty colours. I just made one in fallish colours from my scrap basket on the SMS flickr group:http://www.flickr.com/photos/linaloo/3966295667/

  48. Deanna says:

    Great scarf, and it looks like it could easily be made for boys or men, too. If anyone sends a masculine picture, please post so we can all enjoy!

  49. gonzomama says:

    i recently went through my 3 yr old sons clothes that he had outgrown and kept just a few favorites. i had decided to make a patchwork scarf with them, so this tutorial was perfect timing!

  50. Grace Wong says:

    thanks, I favorited this!

  51. Gabriel says:

    Love the colors! The loop instead of the hidden button is cool. I also really like using the selvage as a design feature!

  52. jenw says:

    i do have a lot of scraps! i can’t wait to see what other great ideas come up!

  53. em says:

    Those scarves gave me GREAT ideas for my scraps and Christmas…can’t wait to start.

  54. Kadybug says:

    Very pretty!

  55. Julia M. in MI says:

    I love this idea. I always need more scarves around the house for the kids. Thanks.

  56. Kaye Prince says:

    I definitely need to make one of these for myself. Using this for Christmas gifts would also be great!

  57. Bethany says:

    How cute! I will have to try making one of these.

  58. Sarah J says:

    Oooh, love the scarf – i will have a go at making a longer version for myself!

  59. jill says:

    Oooh, finally a scarve worked up quickly. Love instant gratification although knitting is so relaxing in the fall.

  60. Bethany says:

    What a fantastic idea! I’m off to collect my scraps and make a scarf or a dozen. Sweet!

  61. Alice S says:

    I’m excited about the projects this month. I think I’ll have to make one (or many) of these scarfs!

  62. Sarah says:

    That’s very cute and appropriate for this time of year!!! Burrrrr My parents on Lyon Mountain in NY got snow last night :O. I could definitely send them a scrap scarf. Too cute.

  63. Such a good idea! My project list for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas is a mile long, but I’ll definitely have plenty of scraps leftover after all that – what a great way to use them up, as I’ll definitely need a new scarf by January!


  64. allison says:

    This looks like a great project–practical and adorable!

  65. Debbie says:

    I love the different materials combined and how it all comes together with the same design at the bottom. Nice!

  66. Jodi says:

    Pretty scarf. I’ll have to make a couple of these since winter is quickly approaching.

  67. Michelle says:

    So excited about this month! I have too many scraps that need homes…

  68. Dawn says:

    Love this scarf!
    I have been thinking about making one for a very long time.
    This is the nudge I needed.

  69. Andrea says:

    I love that! I’ve got a few scraps that would make a beautiful scarf…great idea!

  70. Katharina says:

    This will be a super month, I have tons of scraps 😉

  71. Lorrie says:

    Pretty and cozy – just right for fall. I’m working on a tutorial for scrap buster month, too.


  72. alison says:

    That scarf is so pretty!

  73. Rochelle says:

    The fabrics in this scarf seems so sophisticated. I love it! I’ve was considering making one of these all last winter. I’ll do it this month!

  74. Elizabeth says:

    Love this idea! And here I thought I would have trouble coming up with Christmas gift ideas! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  75. Corvus says:

    I love it! I’ve had nebulous plans to make patchwork pieces -scarves, yes, but also wristband and such- sketched out in my design notebook forever, but haven’t gotten around to trying it. Maybe this will give me some of the proper inspiration to get started!

  76. Kathy says:

    Yay! I’ve been in scrap/stash busting mode all year and could really use more ideas. Thanks for the theme this month!

  77. Erica K says:

    Cute! The loop was a great idea.

  78. qsogirl says:

    pretty 🙂 what’s the loop for? hanging?

  79. sorry. here is the link posted in the comment…

  80. Here’s the link to a patchwork scarf that I made for a 7 year old b-day girl. I used old jeans for the back fabric, and it took no time at all. Check it out…

  81. Rachel says:

    Love it!
    I made something similar for myself but I didn’t use fleece on the back and I wish I had.

  82. Holly says:

    I made a scarf and it is shown on my blog at http://southernseven.blogspot.com/2009/09/fall-patchwork-scarf.html I used an orange shirt I had for some of the fabric along with scraps. I am working on two more that I am making from a pillow sham that has a quilted patchwork shabby chic pattern and a knobby white baby throw.

  83. Meg says:

    Lovely! And it’s distinctive enough that it shouldn’t get lost at school!

  84. katie says:

    This is so fun and such a festive choice as we enter Fall. I’m already thinking Christmas gifts here :).

  85. Amy Wright says:

    Ooohhh! I love this idea! It will be fun to get more ideas with what to do with scraps!

  86. Kerneknop says:

    Love the blue’n’white color combo…

  87. Sandra says:

    This is a beautiful scarf, very nice soft colors. I couldn’t see the loop though…must be old eyes -smile-.

  88. Nina says:

    Nice scarf 🙂 For tiny scraps there’d be this helpful tutorial on covered buttons


    Many greetings from Germany!

  89. Deborah says:

    love this! will definitely be using up some of my scraps making this project. thank you!

  90. amy says:

    I just love that fringe! Now I’m know I’m not alone in saving each little bit.

  91. brandy says:

    That scarf is so pretty! My girls would love a scarf like this. I’ll be doing some serious crafting (my “busy season” begins) this month so I’ll have to see what I can come up with! I started a flickr group today for Handmade Celebrations – any all all handmade gifts and celebration decorations that you make! I’m sure most of us visiting this blog will be making handmade for this holiday season. Post your photos and show them off if you like! Info on my blog if you’d like to participate.


  92. molly says:

    So pretty!

  93. Kate M. says:

    Love the scarf! I like that the colors are winter-y, but still bright enough to kick the winter blahs.

  94. grace says:

    I love love the white and blue.
    I’m going to give it a try.

  95. Claire says:

    I don’t have a link to a tutorial, but yesterday I made myself a scrap messenger bag pouch to hold some books in…

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