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How to Make Lap Scarves

Accessorize your outfit with a homemade lap scarf.
handkerchief with pink monogram image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com

Lap scarves, also known as lap handkerchiefs, are a wonderful accessory to any woman's wardrobe. They are especially popular to wear in churches. The lap scarves are placed over your lap when you are wearing a skirt that ends above the knee, or one that falls slightly below the knees. The scarves are very easy to make; therefore, you can make several of them, one to match each of your outfits.

Cut one piece of fabric to match the length and width you want your lap scarf to be. Add 2 extra inches to the length and width of the fabric for seam allowance. For example, if you desire to make a lap scarf that is 18-by-18 inches, the size of your fabric should be 20-by-20 inches. Popular lap scarf sizes are 18-by-18, 24-by-24 and 27-by-27.

Make a 1/2-inch fold on each side of the fabric. Place straight pins in the fabric to secure the folds in place. Iron the folds to make them lay down flat. Remove the straight pins from the fabric.

Make another 1/2-inch fold on each side of the fabric. This creates a double fold along each edge. Secure the fold with straight pins. Iron the second fold to make the edges lay flat.

Thread your sewing machine with thread that is the same color as your fabric. Place the fabric underneath the sewing machine needle. If you don't have a sewing machine, use a needle and thread or hemming tape. You can purchase hemming tape from your local fabric store.

Use the sewing machine to stitch a hem along the fold. Do this on all four sides of the fabric. Use scissors to cut away the excess thread. Remove the straight pins from the fabric.

Cut your border into four pieces. Two pieces should match the length of your fabric; two pieces should match the width.

Place the border along all four edges of the fabric. Use straight pins to hold the border in place.

Use the sewing machine to stitch the border along the edges of the fabric. Remove the straight pins that were used to secure the border to the fabric. Use a steam iron to eliminate any wrinkles in the lap scarf.

Things You'll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Border
  • Straight pins
  • Iron
  • Needle
  • Thread
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