This DIY Scarf Will Be Your New Favorite Travel Accessory
We found the fashionable alternative to the money belt: this DIY no-sew security scarf that anyone can make.
The last thing you want to worry about when traveling is getting pick-pocketed or forgetting where you stashed your money and important documents. This DIY no-sew scarf takes that stress away. You can make this security scarf out of an existing scarf — we started with a scarf that measured 84 inches long — or from any fabric of your choosing, even an old T-shirt could work! It will keep your valuables in a spot that thieves won't expect or won't be able to access without you noticing. Plus, it's fashionable, and you can make one (or multiple!) in the fabric and color and pattern of your choosing. One of these scarves would make an incredibly thoughtful gift for the traveler in your life, too.
Follow these steps to make your own.
- existing scarf or fabric of choice
- iron-on hem tape
- ironing pad
- cutting mat
- rotary tool
Attach the iron-on hem tape on one end of the fabric into a loop so you'll have an infinity scarf.
Fold over the fabric and iron.
Use the rotary tool to cut fringe about six inches long on the outer edges of the scarf. If you prefer a simpler look, feel free to leave off the fringe step.
Prepare to add a zipper that measures about nine inches long.
Cut a slit in the top fold of the fabric that's the length of the zipper.
Attach iron-on hem tape to the zipper and iron in place.
Remove the backing to the tape.
Adhere zipper to the fabric.
Iron zipper in place.
Along the inside of the fabric, attach three strips of iron-on hem tape that are about six inches each on the right side of the zipper to form a pocket. If you'd like a larger or smaller pocket, adjust the length of the hem tape.
Iron in place and then remove the tape backing.
Fold the top layer of fabric over the adhesive and iron again, forming a seamless pocket.