DIY Gift Series: No-Sew Stamped Scarf

To see Merrilee’s other projects in our DIY Gift Series, click here, here and here. Thanks so much for sharing your DIY genius with us, Merrilee :) — Kate

For that last-minute “I need a one-of-a-kind gift, like right now!” present, this hand-stamped, no-sew knit scarf is just the thing. The minty green and blue color palette make this scarf an excellent winter-to-spring transition piece, but you can come up with your own designs and color combos, as well. And don’t worry — we won’t make you tell just how easy and quick it was to pull together :) — Merrilee

Read the full how-to after the jump . . .


  • 20″ x 68″ of knit fabric
  • small wood cube blocks
  • craft foam
  • scissors
  • fabric paint
  • paintbrush



1. Draw and cut out a starburst shape (large and small), and trace them onto craft foam.

2. Cut out the starburst shapes from the craft foam and secure to wooden blocks (found at your local craft store) with hot glue to create stamps.

3. Lay out your knit fabric scarf. Using fabric paint and a paint brush, cover the starburst stamp with paint (this ensures better coverage than just sticking the stamp face down into the paint).

4. Stamp along your knit fabric in a fashion you are happy with, replenishing the stamp with new paint after each stamp.

5. Go back through with the smaller starburst stamp to vary it up a bit.

6. Stamp the entire scarf until you are happy with the results. Lay the scarf flat until the paint is dry.

7. Once dry, your no-sew scarf is ready to wear! Drape it over a shoulder or loop it around in a cowl. Any way you wear it, it’s sure to look great!

  1. caroline says:

    charming and fabulous! love it…

  2. Susan says:

    would you need to heat-set the paint so that you could wash the scarf?

  3. Nikki says:

    This is such a good idea! Scarves are the best accessory – we have a couple of different styles of scarves at red – some made from looped yarn, others block printed but it would be fun to see what we could come up with on our own using this method of making.

  4. Lise says:

    It’s probably a good idea to wash and dry the fabric before painting.

  5. Kelly says:

    Usually I’m not really excited to do any clothing diy projects, but this looks really easy, pretty and well wearable. I will be trying this soon Thanks!!

  6. Eeeep this is so cute! What a great idea. Can envision so many fantastic, colour options coming out of this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Holly says:

    oh my! cant wait to give this a whirl;)

  8. Alicia says:

    Great idea for making the stamp. I am doing this and making it into a dress!

  9. Carly says:

    You could also use paint, or possibly a sharpie, to write a quote on the scarf. In cursive it would be very pretty!

  10. Rebecca says:

    You can’t wash the scarf afterwards, can you?
    Cute idea, by the way !

  11. Lisa says:

    How do you keep the edges of the fabric from fraying?

  12. Stunning! I love those simple designs especially on how they are being made, it’s creative at all, It’s definitely a no sew one.


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