Make Like a French Girl With Easy DIY Ascot Scarves
You’ve as-cot us in the act of jumping on a new fashion trend. We’re seeing neck scarves all over Pinterest, window displays and runways — and we are so on board. Whether you’re going for the Pan Am flight attendant look or French Girl style, a bandana will elevate your outfit and making you feel tres chic. Rather than picking one up at a retail shop, head to the fabric store, find a pattern you love and make your own. This might be the easiest sewing project we’ve done, and it only takes about 10 minutes to make, so don’t let the sewing machine stop you. Read on for the instructions.
Materials + Tools:
— 1 yard fabric
— sewing machine
— fabric scissors
— measuring tape (not pictured)
— ironing board
1. Iron your fabric.
2. A standard bandana is a 22-inch square. Measure and cut a 22.5-inch square (accounting for the seam allowance). The easiest way to cut a perfect square is to fold your fabric into a triangle. Then cut off the excess fabric.
3. Once cut, unfold your triangle. Then fold and iron a 1/4-inch hem around all edges. Fold it a second time to create a double hem fold. Iron to stiffen the fold, and then pin to secure in place.
4. Run your folded hemlines through the sewing machine.
A standard bandana is a 22-inch square. Measure and cut a 22.5-inch square (accounting for the seam allowance). The easiest way to cut a perfect square is to fold your fabric into a triangle. Then cut off the excess fabric. Next, create a hem by folding the edge over 1/4 inch two times (to avoid a frayed edge). Iron it down to keep it in place.
Add pins along the ironed hem to make sewing easier.
Stitch along the hem to secure it.
That is literally all there is to it. Now go forth and make tons of ascots for all your summer ‘fits.
To tie these around your neck, roll them up (patterned side out) and simply create a knot. Once the scarf is secure, zsush the ends so that they are positioned to show the pattern.
There are so many ways to style these.
Irene looks so classy in a collared shirt, jean jacket and ascot.
The V neck really complements the ascot, allowing it to be the center of attention.
This red fabric has a similar vibe to a classic bandana and looks great with Marisa’s casual chambray shirt.
These ladies are so on point!
How else would you style your ascot? Tweet us your ideas @BritandCo!
Author: Roxy Taghavian
DIY Production + Styling: Anita Yung
Modeling: Kelly Bryden, Irene Lee and Marisa Kumtong
Photography: Brittany Griffin
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!