Give an old scarf a new lease of life by decorating it with fringing, tassels or pompoms. A wardrobe update in an instant

Customise an old scarf

Give a fresh lease of life to a favourite old scarf or customise a new one with a bright-coloured trim.

It’s so easy and effective and will transform any outfit.

Finished size: Our scarves measured approximately 180 x 80cm each

You will need

✤ Scarves
✤ Trims – we used orange pompoms, black tassels and pink 10cm fringing – available from a selection at ebay.co.uk
✤ Matching thread and needle
✤ Sewing machine
✤ Scissors

Pompom And Tassel-Trimmed Scarves

1. Cut two lengths of trim measuring the length of the short edges plus 2cm, and two lengths of trim measuring the length of the long edges plus 2cm.

2. Pin the trim to the two short edges so the pompoms or tassels are hanging away from the scarf, turn under 1cm at each end and machine top stitch along the top edge of the trim.

3. Pin the two remaining lengths of trim to the long edges, cutting off any excess, and turn under 1cm at each end. Make sure the trim on the long  edges meets the trim at the short edges. Machine stitch in place along the top edge of the trim.

4. To neaten, hand stitch the ends of the long pieces of trim to the trim at the short edges.

Fringe-Trimmed Scarf

1. Cut two lengths of the trim measuring the width of the short edges of the scarf plus 2cm.

2. Pin the trim to the two short edges, with the fringing hanging away from the edge of the scarf, and turning under 1cm at each end. Machine top stitch along the top edge of the trim.

Our top helpful tip

When sewing on to delicate fabric, place and pin strips of tissue paper under the seam to prevent the fabric from slipping or sinking when you sew.

Then simply tear the paper away when the stitching is done.