Make It Yours: Memory Scarf


If you sew for any amount of time, you find yourself with scraps. Lots and lots of scraps. You could throw them away, but what’s the fun of that? Besides, it isn’t very earth friendly.

I actually hope for scraps. It is great to see where I have been in my sewing. I relive the projects I have worked on – the ease or difficulty it was to sew with the fabric and such things. I used to keep them in a drawer and look through them every so often in the guise of organizing them. Now, I actually have an idea for true organization of my scraps, and now I can display it! That’s where the Memory Scarf comes in.


  • Scraps, lots of scraps
  • Scissors, rotary cutter, or pinking shears
  • Cardboard square/rectangle measured to a dimension you like. In fact, any shape that you like works. I used 5×5.5 because I had a random rectangle that size.
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Fray check, optional

First, you’ll want to cut your scraps into a more uniform shape. They don’t have to be uniform, but in the end you will want to be able to see all of your scraps. If you want to use fray check, do that after cutting and before sewing.


Make the majority of your scraps uniform in size and shape. An odd piece placed every so often can create visual interest.

Next, line up your scraps in a way that is aesthetically pleasing to you. You want to layer them one on top of another at intervals of about an inch.

Sew through your scraps. I sew mine on a diagonal. You want to place each so that at least an inch of every fabric shows. However, you can’t go wrong here. Do what pleases you.

Sew through your scraps, allowing at least an inch of each fabric to show.

Sew through your scraps, allowing at least an inch of each fabric to show.

As for finishing, you aren’t really going to finish it as you will always have new scraps to add. Just add to it. I plan to hang mine from the ceiling of my sewing room, eventually.

Now, it’s your turn. What will you use for your scarf? How will you piece it together?