Light up scarf made with battery operated LED lights

lighted scarf for holiday fun

This scarf is easy to make and a lot of fun to wear. It always makes people smile and brightens the holidays!


  • 3/4 to 1 yd of  wide fleece
  • 1 set of LED battery powered lights (get the ones that use AA batteries because C batteries are too heavy)
  • eyelets (you can purchase these at any craft or fabric store)
  • hot glue

Step 1.

Cut out two pieces of fleece that are the length and width you want your scarf to be.

lay out lights on fleece scarf and pin in place make a dot at the base of each light to mark your eyelet holes

Step 2.

Lay out lights on the wrong side of front of scarf.  Mark the spot where each of the lights are so you will know where to put the eyelets.

put eyelet on bottom thing as shown make hole and then put over the bottom part put second part on top of bottom thing pound with hammer

Step 3.

If you use the applicator that comes with the eyelets you will first make a small hole in the fabric where each of the marks are. Next put your eyelet (top of eyelet down) on the bottom part of the applicator.  Place the fabric over the eyelet and then pound it into place using the second piece of the applicator and a hammer as shown.

using embroidery floss, stitch around each eyelet to secure. the eyelet will hold the light in place. It should be snug.

Step 4.

Using two strands of embroidery floss stitch around each eyelet as shown. The light should fit snug in the hole.

push the lights through the holes. They should fit snugly.

Step 5.

Push lights through eyelets.

cut a pocket that is slightly larger than your battery pack.

Step 5.

Cut a piece of fabric for a pocket that is a little larger than your battery pack. Turn under a quarter inch on the top edge and stitch.  Pin the pocket on the back side of scarf near the bottom where your wires will hang out.  Stitch it into place leaving the top edge open.  Sew a snap or piece of velcro at the top to keep your battery pack in place.

pin front and back together, right sides together stitch along edges using a half inch seam allowance leaving the end open where your battery pack will come out. leave an epening very carefully stitch over wires

Step 6.

Put the back of scarf and the scarf front together (right sides together) and stitch all the way around leaving one end open to turn scarf to outside and so that you can remove the lights to wash it.  Be very careful with the wires so that you do not stitch through them. You will leave the battery pack hanging out at the edge of the scarf next to the pocket so stop sewing when you get to the wire and then pull the fabric through the machine foot until you are past the wires and then continue sewing all the way around.

cut a piece of fleece that is the same width as your scarf and however long you want it. pin fringe to right side of scarf at each end.

Step 7.

Cut two pieces of fleece that are the same width as your scarf and as long as you want it. Cut it as shown.  Lay it (right sides together) on the top piece of your scarf and pin into place.  Stitch into place.  Place your other fringe at the other end and stitch it into place.  After that you will place the bottom piece of the scarf on top (right sides together) and follow the instructions in Step 6 being careful to not catch the edges of the fringe. Be sure to leave open the bottom edge where your lights battery pack are.

turn to outside and pin down edges top stitch along edge

Step 7.

Turn scarf to outside using the opening and then pin down flat and topstitch around entire edge being careful to avoid stitching the wires.

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.