July 03, 2012

Muslin Hair Scarf

Now that I chopped off my hair, I've been playing with some different hair accessories.  Do you know those muslin swaddle blankets that are all the rage right now?  They are really lightweight and have a bit of stretch to them.  Well, I thought that same fabric would make the perfect hair scarf.  Why?  Because it's super duper light weight (making it cool and not hot),  it doesn't shift around like a silky scarf, and it has enough stretch to make it comfy.

I made a couple versions.  The first was neon, since neon is everywhere right now and the second was more neutral.

Muslin (a.k.a. cotton gauze) can be purchased at your fabric store, but it doesn't usually come in a lot of colors and I couldn't find any prints.  Enter Tulip fabric markers.

But let's not put the cart before the horse.  Here are the sewing details.  I purchased 1/8 of a yard which was $.87.  I took it home and cut it to the size I wanted, leaving room for seam allowances.  I folded over the edge twice and sewed it.  This fabric tends to stretch so I set my tension lower to accommodate that.  

If it's a little wavy when you're down don't fret.  It'll be fine when you stretch it to tie it on.

For the next step, you can really just doodle and have fun.  I used Tulip Fabric Markers in neon.  They don't make the fabric stiff and they are easy to use.  I usually hold the fabric tightly with my left hand and draw with the other (though you can't see that below because I'm holding the camera in now hand).  I changed up the colors as I went.

For the more neutral scarf I used Tulip's Big Phat Fabric Markers.

I love using these like a stamp.  You can make "X's" or a checkerboard pattern or a brick pattern like I did here.  I kept a plate under me to make sure I didn't color my table.

I made the neon scarf shorter and wider to I could just knot it.

I made the neutral one thinner and longer, so I could tie it in a bow.

So, for 87 cents a piece and a little coloring fun you've got a new, fun look.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Love these and still lovin' that hair! Gorgeous.

  2. This is a fabulous idea! And your hair looks super cute!

  3. Cute! I love your new hair, you look fabulous!

  4. wow! the pattern on the neon one reminds me of henna. your hair is awesome by the way. :)

  5. love that hair cut on you!! it just showcases your gorgeous eyes!

  6. Cheri,

    Life has slapped me once again so I haven't been by in awhile. LOVE the hair! And you come up with the most amazing things. Never thought about making my own scarf/tie thingy. And the colors with the markers! You go girl!


  7. Love this idea! Way more fun than a store bought headband!

  8. A very cute idea))) I love your imagination)))
    Aljonushka from faraway Belarus

  9. Love it!!! Especially the last one! Way to go hot stuff!

  10. What a great idea. I love that this only costs 87 cents!

  11. We call that fabric 'cheesecloth' in some parts of Australia - just in case any Aussies are out there looking for it ;)

  12. Which fabric stores can you find this at? I can't find it anywhere! The "muslin" they have in the store is...yucky...

  13. Anonymous6.7.12

    Adorable! I am always looking for new ways to wear my short hair and this head scarf is way cute! Thanks for such a great idea!


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