Hi friends! Well, we are officially over half way through our 12 days of DIY gifts. I hope you’ve had some good luck with the projects thus far and are knocking out gifts from your list. This braid scarf has been on my to do list for much longer than I care to admit to, and I’m so glad I finally got around to making it. Most of the crafts I post are really quick and easy, and this one is no exception to the rule. It took me between 30 and 45 minutes to make and wasn’t too difficult. However, if you don’t have a sewing machine and are stitching by hand, you most likely won’t agree with me. If it 100% DO ABLE by hand but will likely take a little longer. As you all know, I’m not a huge fan of following directions and putting my own spin on things so one of the braids I added 2 extra strands and made it a 5 strand braid. If you want to do this as well, I added the measurements or number changes in parentheses where I made the change. If you don’t want to mess around with that and just want normal braids, just pay attention to the numbers listed.
- 2 1/2 yards Jersey Knit fabric
- Sewing Machine or Needle & Thread
- Fabric Chalk
- Start by laying your fabric out flat on a table or the floor and cut it to 72″x50 (58)” (you may choose to change either of these measurements in order to make it the weight and length you want)
- Start measuring your sections out and drawing lines to cut as follows: 3 2″ sections, 3 (5) 4″ sections, 3 6″ sections, 1 14″ section
- Cut along your lines leaving 1″-2″ at the top of each section of three to make it easier to braid
- Braid each section [Note: I put the end in a drawer and closed it to hold it secure while I braided]
- Once you make it to the of the strand, sew it shut
- Bring the start of the braid around to form a braid and sew the ends together to form a loop
- Fold your 14″ section in half so it is 14″ x 31″
- Sew along the two 31″ sides leaving the 14″ side open
- Flip it right side out and sew the 14″ side shut. (It doesn’t matter that you can see this seam because it will be covered up in the end.
- Sew the two short sides together to form a loop
- Cut a piece of fabric that’s left over to 6″ x 6″
- Fold in half and sew along the long side and one of the short sides
- Flip it right side out
- Double each braided loop and lay them on top of the unbraided piece, aligning all seams
- Place your small rectangle over them
- Sew the small piece together as close to the braids gathered scarf as possible
- Cut off any excess fabric and flip it right side out and twist your seam 180 degrees to the underside of the scarf
And there you have it! I know I didn’t take pictures of every single step, so let me know if you have any questions or if I can clarify anything further!