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How to Make a Fiber Scarf

By: Lynn Koolish for C&T Publishing

Often used for machine embroidery, water-soluble stabilizer can also be used to make interesting fiber scarves in just a few hours. You can use a mix of soft and coordinating ribbons, fabric strips and yarn to make these scarves. Host a party to create these scarves and trade materials! The idea for this project comes from All About Machine Arts: Decorative Techniques from A to Z. Project from C&T Publishing.

Green Modeled Fiber Scarf


  • 2 pieces of water-soluble stabilizer in desired size of your scarf (two pieces of 6 inch wide x 6 feet long stabilizer for a scarf that size, or 12 inch wide to fold in half lengthwise)
  • Fiber- Yarn, Ribbon, Fabric Strips, etc.
  • Fringe- Simply left the fiber hang over the edge of the stabilizer.
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine


  1. Place 1 piece of stabilizer on the table.
  2. Lay the fibers the length of the scarf. You can use a lot of fibers to make a thick scarf, or use fewer fibers to make a thinner scarf. You can place the fibers in a very orderly manner, or you can just let them wander and twist.

    Laying Down Fibers for Scarves
  3. After all the fibers are arranged to your liking, place the other piece of stabilizer on top (or if you have a wider piece of stabilizer, you can fold it in half).
  4. Pin it well to keep everything in place.
  5. Stitching is what holds everything in place. It’s best to start by stitching a grid—it’s essential that the stitching cross so be sure to stitch in at least 2 directions. It’s easiest to stitch the short way first, then stitch the long way. After you have a grid you can add more stitching if you like. I find it easiest to do free-motion stitching. The stitching doesn’t show much, so this is a good place to practice if you are new to free-motion.

    Sewing Fiber Scarves in Stabilizer
  6. After stitching, place the scarf in warm water and soak and/or gently rub or agitate until the stabilizer is dissolved.
  7. Wrap the scarf in a towel to blot, then hang it to dry.
  8. Wear with pride, or give it as a gift.

    Finished Fiber Scarves
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This stabilizer is expensive! How about using an old tissue pattern (or just tissue paper)? I made an infinity scarf with the same premise, using a hank of yard warpped around a set of table legs. It was crocheted together with a slip-stitch. Turned out wonderfully! You could use the same process with other fibers besides yarn: make a wrap or two of whatever you wanted to use. When my craft room is a bit more organized (this week), there are several rolls of tulle that may become the base of a scarf. Just lay the fibers on top, cover with tissue paper and stitch away. Can't wait to get it done! == are-you-bit-confused-by-knitting.html

Hi there - Thanks so much for the tip! Sounds like a great alternative.

Sounds so simple makes me almost afraid to try it!! (ha ha) If I can find the stabilizer. this would be a good way to use up partial spools of thread. I hope Pattiglover 6904950 got her question answered. I read the directions 3 times and didn't see any place to wet the stabilizer until the scarf is finished. I assume you use the stabilizer dry for this project, right? Otherwise, it would have to dry before stiching and then the stabilizer might be too fragile to handle. Please tell me if I'm wrong in my thinking.

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I love this idea. Now I can use up all those cool thread/yarn scraps I have been hoarding. I did a similar scarf sometime ago made of just ribbon yarn. It only required stabilizer on the back as it lays flat and doesn't tangle in the machine's foot like yarn. Everyone is amazed that its just zigzagged together.

Not a lot of detail. Do I wet the stabilizer as I put the yarns on? And what about the peice on top is that wet to hold the yarn in place when I sew?Hoping to make this scarf asap.

I have all the supplies and am ready to try this!

Neat project. I have several skeins of 'fun fur' yarn, but not enough of any one color to do anything with. This will be my next project to use these skeins up. Thanks for the idea. Fran


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