DIY Fringe Hip Scarf for Belly Dance

DIY Fringe Hip Scarf bellydance


As a belly dancer, you can’t have enough hip scarves. They are great for practice and of course for easy costuming!


So today I want to go back to basics and create this cute and simple fringe hip scarf. Let’s get started! 😀



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To make DIY fringe hip scarf, you need:


1yd (1m) light to medium weight fabric – I’m using some leftover fabric, and I actually don’t even have 1yd here. But I’ll show you how you can make a hip scarf out of leftover fabric like this. Also, this is stretch fabric which makes this project even easier. You’ll see it in a minute.

2yd (2m) of fringe of your choice – I’m using 4in wide fringe.

2yd (2m) of about ⅜ in (1cm) wide ribbon


DIY Fringe Hip Scarf for belly dance


First, wrap your fabric around your hips and see how much fabric you need. This is how you can check if you have enough fabric if you are using leftover fabric. If the corners of your fabric touch, that’s the minimum amount you need. I can wrap this fabric around my hips and have an about 4in (10cm) overlap, which is just enough. If you have more, simply mark how much you need.


DIY Hip Scarf fabric


Place your fabric on a flat surface and have the top edge up. Fold it in half, or up to the point you marked.


From 1in (2.5cm) down from the corner, measure 45 degrees and extend the line until it meets the folded edge, and cut along the line.


How to make a bellydance hip scarf


If you don’t have a ruler like this, you can simply fold a corner of a paper to make a 45 degree angle.


How to make a bellydance hip scarf 45 degrees


Now what’s great about using stretch fabric is that it doesn’t fray. So you can leave all edges unfinished, which makes this project really easy. I wanted a little more finished edge at the top, so folded the top 1/2in (1cm) from the edge, and did a zigzag stitch. And I left other edges unfinished.


DIY belly dance hip scarf


Then cut your ribbon in half, and fold all ends twice and sew or glue so they don’t fray.


Fold ends of ribbon to avoid fraying


Take one of them, place an end at the corner on the scarf right sides together, and do a straight stitch, and a top stitch to keep the ribbon in place. Or if you want to avoid sewing, you can glue on the ribbon to the corners of the scarf.


Attach ribbon to DIY hip scarf


Repeat for the other side.


Now place your fringe around the edges, and do a zigzag stitch to sew it on. Again, you can glue this too, but after gluing, the fabric won’t stretch anymore, so just be mindful of that.


How to make a fringe hip scarf for bellydancing


And that’s it! It’s super cute, and the scarf is wrapped around so it will fit different sizes. It’s an easy costuming piece for troupes, so mix and match colours and designs and have fun!


DIY Fringe hip scarf belly dance


And next week, I’ll show you how to make this gorgeous 25-yard tiered skirt which goes perfectly with this hip scarf for a gypsy or ATS style of belly dancing. I’m super excited about this skirt. So sign up for my newsletter and stay tuned!


DIY Fringe hip scarf with 25 yard skirt belly dance


Hope you liked this DIY fringe hip scarf, and if you did, please share this post with your dancer friends!


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Thanks for reading, and keep sparkling! 😀


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DIY Fringe Hip Scarf belly dance


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  2 comments for “DIY Fringe Hip Scarf for Belly Dance

    August 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Yay! Love the tribal looking hip scarf! I DO have leftover stretch fabric, but I’m thinking of using a lace edge instead of fringe. I have a TON of lace leftover from other sewing projects. Thanks!

    • Mao
      August 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Oh a lace edge would be lovely, Virginia! 😀

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