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).

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 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 scarf isn’t even available from Gap).

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!

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  • Reply Ash December 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Aw… You shouldn't have! 🙂

    Love this!

  • Reply Karen December 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I love it. Plaids have always been among my favorites, and this one looks great on you. Great idea.

  • Reply Kayla FrecklesinApril December 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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

  • Reply Allie @ Everyday Adventures December 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Ooooh, excellent gift idea … I'm going to have to head down to JoAnn's!

  • Reply heidikins December 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    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. 🙂


  • Reply Mary December 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    SABRINA!!! David did a Gap ad… swoon. Only my favorite remake evah. 🙂

  • Reply Brynn December 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    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 🙂

  • Reply Kendra Thaler December 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you!!!!

  • Reply KWahlman December 10, 2013 at 12:33 am

    So cute! I wish I knew how to sew!!!

  • Reply Christi Pobst December 10, 2013 at 2:21 am

    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!

  • Reply Holly Hoffman Spears December 10, 2013 at 5:36 am

    …and now I must go watch Sabrina.

  • Reply Krista Hansen December 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Is this flannel shirting? Do you think it would work with flannel shirting? Joann's is on my list today!

    • Reply Janssen December 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Yep, flannel shirting!

  • Reply Paul and Rebecca Jones December 15, 2013 at 12:23 am

    SABRINA!!!! Love that show

  • Reply Dontpanik October 6, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Just made my two. Took me 5 minutes, lol. I even used the same buffalo check as you. Thank you!!

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