Bobble Scarf

by Wendy Copley on January 13, 2011

Bobble Scarf

Have you noticed how pom-poms are showing up everywhere all of a sudden? Big poofy pom-poms made of tissue paper! Felt pom-pom garlands! Bobble fringe trim on clothes and curtains! I am totally loving it!  A few weeks ago, I saw a fantastic scarf trimmed with bobble fringe online and I knew I had to make one. Then not even a week after that, I found this scarf when I was browsing at Paper Source and immediately set out to find the materials to put this baby together.

It was an incredibly simple project that went like this:

Buy scarf.

Buy bobble fringe.

Sew bobble fringe onto scarf.

Bobble Scarf

If you need more details on the sewing part, you can see what I did in this picture. I hand sewed the fringe onto the scarf with a simple overcast stitch. It took me two episodes of Top Chef and the season premier of Biggest Loser to do it — not too bad.

I love how it turned out! The colors are so crazy and bright that I can’t help feel anything but cheerful when I wear it. It’s the perfect way to brighten up a dreary winter day.

Bobble Scarf

You know, there’s a funny story about that Paper Source scarf. It was priced at $29.95 and though I loved it, I thought, “Pshhhhh! I can make that myself for much less!” So a few days later I stopped by the fabric store looking for fabric I could use for a scarf. Nothing. Nothing at all. But then a few days after that I was at Target and I saw a bright pink scarf for a mere $10. Score!

I went back to the fabric store for bobble fringe and found it was $1 per foot. Hmmmm. My scarf was two yards long and half a yard wide. That meant I needed 15 feet of fringe plus another foot for wiggle room. For those of you who aren’t doing the math as you go along, let me help you out:

Scarf: $10.00
Fringe: + $16.00
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Total: $26.00

That’s a stunning savings of $3.95 off the price of the (larger) scarf from Paper Source, not to mention the time I took to get the materials and hand sew all the fringe on.

Does anyone besides me ever do this?? You see something you love, decide you could make it for less and then spend almost as much (or more) on the materials to make it? Please tell me I’m not alone in this!

In these situations, I find it’s helpful to remind myself that saving money is only one of the many reasons I enjoy crafting. There’s a lot to be said for relaxing with some sewing and the satisfaction of producing something you love with your own two hands. Right?

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  • Lia

    You are SO not alone. I do that All. The. Time. but I always appreciate things I make so much more. Scarves I bought I end up wearing a few times & then they get lost in the back of a drawer… but the granny scarf I made myself for Christmas was worn every time I left the house for a month & is now lovingly packed away for next year. I LOVE your scarf. Totally cute.

  • marieke

    You are talking to the queen of the expensive craft. Or I find something fabulous at a yard sale, light a $3 light, and have to spend $50 to get a lamp shade that will fit it.

  • Christina

    Not only do you get the satisfaction of making the project yourself, you now have the only one like it!! You don’t have to go back to Target and see 15 people wearing the same scarf. Yours is special, unique, and when people tell you how wonderful it is you get to say ‘I made it’. $26 for a one of a kind work of art is really not a bad price.

  • I like the colors on your version better!

  • Rachel

    I love the colours!

    Ooh what you could try next time would be to use an thrifted or old t shirt for the scarf instead? That way you don’t have to spend as much on the scarf, and since you have to add a trim anyways, you won’t have to worry about messy edges.

    Here’s a link to a tutorial I found: http://www.collegefashion.net/fashion-tips/diy-tutorial-tubular-tee-shirt-scarves/ although the idea seems pretty straight forward anyways. And if you don’t want a looped scarf you can always just cut in the middle 🙂

    Of course the bobble fringe is the most expensive part, so I have no idea what to use as an alternative 😛

  • Lindz

    This is so so cute. I brought back a bobble scarf from Spain last summer (they’re always ahead of the trends) and I love love love it. Haven’t seen too many like that here yet but now I can make my own… maybe (I’m not a sewer in any stretch of the imagination.)

  • Whitneymoss

    It’s beautiful and you get the pleasure of saying “I made it myself.”

  • Carrie

    I love the pom poms–they’re so cheerful!

  • megan

    Ha! So true. I’ve totally stopped thinking that making things myself is cheaper. Especially clothes! Fabric is expensive, and you can get kid’s clothes at Target for less than $5. So I just make things for the pleasure of creating and that they are unique, not for the savings. Love the colors on your scarf!

  • megan

    Ha! So true. I’ve totally stopped thinking that making things myself is cheaper. Especially clothes! Fabric is expensive, and you can get kid’s clothes at Target for less than $5. So I just make things for the pleasure of creating and that they are unique, not for the savings. Love the colors on your scarf!

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