A Buffalo Plaid Scarf – An Easy Gift for under $5

You may or may not be aware that plaid is big right now (I know. You heard it here first).

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I saw a buffalo plaid scarf on Pinterest and then when the same photo showed up in my mailbox on a Gap ad (“He did a Gap Ad” – fifty point if you can name that movie), I thought “how hard is a scarf to make?”

The answer?


If you can sew a decently straight line, you’re golden.

Also, this DIY scarf is the world’s cheapest gift.

I bought enough fabric to make two of these for $8 at Joann Fabric (with a 50% off coupon, because. . .don’t buy things at Joann’s without a coupon).

Although, I’ll warn you, this is not one of the deals where you can just buy one for the half the price. Because you need 2 full yards of it (I guess you could cut one yard in half and then sew those halves together but then you have a seam and you have to match your plaids and. . . . just buy two yards and make two scarves. Give one to a friend. Save yourself the hassle).

(Also, weirdly, this DIY scarf isn’t even available from Gap).

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You’ll need:

Lay out your fabric on the floor and cut it in half lengthwise (so you’ll have two pieces that are 72 inches long and about 20-30 inches wide, depending on the width of your fabric – mine was 45″).
Sew two straight lines around the entire outer edge (this will keep it from fraying into a tiny handkerchief if you put it through the washing machine).


Wear one, wrap up the other one with a ribbon and give it as a gift. Ta-da! You have completed the DIY scarf tutorial and you can live to tell the tale!

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  1. LOVE this. Such a perfect scarf (and gift). I might do this for my VTees now that I'm thinking about it…

  2. Sabrina? David/Greg Kinnear is the Gap ad person in question?

    Also, I have a black/white scarf like this that I love love LOVE. 🙂


  3. This is awesome! I will definitely have to give this a shot – I love scarves and am picky about my material/pattern, which means I get disappointed in store selections sometimes. Next time I am near the fabric store, I'm going to have to pop in and get some fabric!! These would make perfect gifts for all my girlfriends 🙂

  4. I seriously just saw someone wearing a scarf just like this but black and white. I wanted it but never thought about making it. This is awesome! Thank you!

  5. I would like to know how to sew a infinity scarf, but not sure how and could you put the white iron on material in between to give it a little more reinforcement???

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