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Snazz Up Your Scarf with Embroidery!

Scarf season is upon us, and everyone knows that scarves aren’t just for keeping you warm: they are also super cute!

However, despite there being scarves of every color and style in just about any department store, sometimes you just can’t find the one to get you through the cooler winter months. Finding a scarf that will match all of your favorite jackets, but still has a personal touch, can be difficult…which is why you should embroider your own scarf!

Machine embroidering a scarf is a great way to add a little personal touch to a scarf that you like, but just needs a little extra sparkle to make it yours!

DIY: Machine Embroidery Scarf Tutorial

scarf with embroidery

Choosing the right material

It’s up to you to either sew your own scarf to embroider, or to use a store-bought scarf. Regardless of either decision, it is vital to the integrity of your finished product to choose the right material.

Natural fabrics (cotton, linen, silk, wool) are the best fabrics for embroidery because of their tight weave and tight surface, ideal for delicate embroidery designs. Synthetic fabrics tend to have weaves that are easily punctured and frayed by a needle, so stick with natural.

Choosing the right material

Here’s where you can get creative. Choose a design to embroider onto your scarf that makes it uniquely your own! Whether the scarf is for yourself or you intend to give it to a friend, choose a design that you couldn’t get from a store, making it truly a one-of-a-kind item.

Here are some embroidery design ideas:

  • Monogrammed initials
  • Seasonal or holiday themes (autumn leaves, snowmen, etc.)
  • Geometric or abstract designs
  • Animals (a great gift idea for a child!)
  • Awareness ribbon to show support
  • A favorite quote or phrase

Make sure whatever design you choose will not clash with any existing pattern on the scarf, and that the design is the correct size for the width of the scarf (it ought to be large enough to see detail in the design, but not so large it doesn’t fit on the scarf!).

Preparing the fabric

We suggest using a wash-away stabilizer on the back-side of the fabric. This added thickness will make the final embroidered design smoother and will look more professional. Simply cut enough backing stabilizer to cover the design and to hoop it in the machine.

In addition, you should also use a thin water-soluble stabilizer on the front side of the fabric that will easily wash away, but will help stabilize the fabric during embroidery. You can use a tiny amount of scotch tape to secure it before embroidering.

Preparing the machine

Every embroidery machine is a little different, so follow your machine’s instructions to embroider your scarf. However, be sure to take the time to measure out the middle of the scarf so that your design doesn’t end up lopsided!

Also, if your machine is a little wobbly, simply hang a clothes hanger with a medium weight shirt onto the front side of the machine. The added weight will help to stabilize the machine and keep it from wobbling and messing with your embroidery design!

If you are new to machine embroidery, check out our software and tools to get you started!

scarf with embroidery

Embroider and enjoy!

After the machine completes the design, simply remove the stabilizers and voila! You have a beautiful, personalized scarf!

What are your tips for personalizing a scarf with embroidery? Tell us below!

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