While in Sydney, my sister-in-law and I stumbled across an American Apparel store. Of course it was exactly the same as the ones in the US and we didn't end up buying anything. However, we both spotted this really cute scarf that was $15. Not bad, but after studying it, we both agreed we could make it for less than half that. Here's a picture of the scarf from AA's website:
This is how you can copy this scarf for $4. This will actually make two scarves--one for you and one for a friend.
2 yards of fabric
Good pair of scissors
*Note about fabric - Make sure to use fabric that will not fray. The fabric I used was a 50/50 cotton polyester blend. Fabric with polyester in it will not wrinkle as much. Look for fabrics labeled t-shirt fabrics or jersey blend and look at the bolt of fabric at the store to make sure the ends are not unraveling. Instead, it should curl at the ends.
This is the fabric I found at Hancock's. It was $1.99/yard.
First, lay out your fabric. If it's like mine, it probably has tiny holes on the selvage sides of the fabric (the longer part of your fabric). Can you see them at the bottom of the picture? If your fabric does not have any holes or decorative pattern on the selvage, skip the next step.
With your fabric stretched out lengthwise across an ironing board, table, or the floor, cut the bottom inch or so off of your fabric. It doesn't have to be perfectly straight. The fabric should roll after you cut it, so you won't be able to tell that it's not perfectly straight. Repeat this step on the other side of the fabric.
This is what you will be left with. See how it already curled?
You can use it to tie up packages or bundle a set of onesies.
Then fold your fabric in half lengthwise. Cut your fabric in half at the fold. Again, this does not have to be cut perfectly. The fabric will curl and you won't be able to tell that it's not completely even. That's all there is to it. You now have a scarf for yourself and a scarf for a friend.
I made the entire family pose with me and my scarf.
If you're not sure you want a 72" long scarf, take a scarf out of your closet that you like and measure it. I like mine a little longer, hence the 72".