How to Sew a Land Girl Style Head Scarf

Head scarves are an accessory that can immediately transform an outfit, and have been a mainstay accessory within the wardrobes of women this past century, taking on many different styles. As women increasingly took on new roles during the 30s and 40s, it became practical to tie long hair up within a fabric wrap. The Land Girl look has now become an icon of resilience.

Sewing expert Miss Libby Rose here shows us how we can create our very own land girl style head scarf, using the fun new fat quarters that we have available online and in store at Hobbycraft.

You Will NeedHow to Make

Take the 2 x fat quarter pieces lay them right sides together. Fold in half creating a triangular type of shape as photo so you have the longest length possible

Lay the pattern on the fold and cut around shape

Now you have 2 x pattern pieces cut out of fabric.

Lay out the pieces flat and turn the edges inwards to create the peak (see pictures or video) sew the seam along the edges x 4 times.

Now you have 2 x headsarves, place them with right sides together, pin and sew the whole way round leaving a 6cm gap in the bottom of the curve.

Create ‘notches’ around the curve and snip of the excess at the tip of the peaks.

Turn the whole piece through in the gap you left earlier and iron flat.

Handsew up the gap and viola you’re done!


Pattern alternative: Extend the fabric and add a seam where the pattern says place on fold. Use the larger headscarf template available to download to help guide you. This will make the whole headscarf bigger but, please note it will no longer fit on one fat quarter. 

  1. Print the 2 pages at a4 size and attach where indicated on the pattern to make a full paper pattern
  2. Cut 2 x fat quarters on the fold line
  3. If you would like to make this pattern bigger and still use fat quarters extend and add a seam rather than cut on fold at this line.
  4. If the fabric allows (If you’re not using fat quarters) simply extend this fold line out and extend the peak at the top to suit the new size.

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