Printing Scarves

A guide on choosing the right fabric and things to look out for when designing your scarves.

For good to know “hints and tips” click here.

The Silk Bureau Ltd will always endeavour to produce printed fabrics of the highest quality, but cannot be held responsible for any weave quality issues that originate with our suppliers. Because of this we will always ask our customers to complete and sign a Scarf Disclaimer prior to printing.


Please remember to include a 1mm space between your scarf files to show a clear cutting line. This is particularly important if you have included white borders. Please use a pale grey or cream cut line so that it does not show on your scarves.

We strongly recommend that you do not have a white border on scarves that require Machine Pin Hem finishing. As we use a hot wire to cut out all your scarves it may leave a visible ‘burn’ line within the folded hem.

Add your Signature or Logo

It’s a good idea to have your signature within the design of your scarf. Afterall you want to get the credit just like any artist does, especially as many cut labels out of their scarves. It’s placement is important – don’t place it so close to the edge of your artwork or it may get caught up in the hemming – we recommend a minimum of 2.5cms from the edge of your design. 5cms if you’re having fringe hemming.

Scarf Hemming

You may also be interested in having your scarves hemmed and finished ready to wear. With a choice of finishes we can offer a neat and elegant edge, allowing the wearer to tie and wrap the scarf in a variety of styles. Our finishes include; Machine Pin Hem, Hand Finished Machine Roll Hem and Eye-lash Fringing.

Please check if your chosen fabric is suitable for hemming and which type of hemming will suit it the best.Hemming machine finish

The scarves will be returned to you with finished edges, including your label and a fabric care label sewn in, if requested. The care label will say ‘Dry Clean Only – Made in the UK’. Each scarf will have been individually pressed and packed in a clear cellophane bag. Remember to send your labels with the order and a drawing if you would like the labels sewn in a particular position on the scarves. Unless otherwise instructed we will place labels 3 – 7 centimetres away from a corner, as is usual on most scarves.

Download our handout on Scarf Printing Leaflet v8 for more information on the amount we need to make your scarves.

If you would like to use our hemming service, please contact us for current lead times from us receiving your artwork and order, to their return.

Borders on fringed hem finishes

 If you select Fringe hemming you may need to adjust your artwork to suit this particular finish. Please see this video Fringe Hem for best practice.

Getting the weave of the fabric exactly square is practically impossible. Having a border around the edge of the scarf will emphasis the scew of the fabric. Borders look great on machine hem finishes, but not fringed ones.

Choosing the right fabric

If an even colour is important on your scarves, it is best to select a lighter weight fabric from our range. If the fabric is thinner it enables more colour to penetrate through the fibres onto the reverse of the scarf. There will always be a contrast, however, this offers a less noticeable difference between the front and reverse of the scarf when tied or draped around the body. 

Popular choices are Satin 10, Light Satin, Single Georgette, Habotai, Light Crepe de Chine, Silk Modal and Poly Chiffon. For a silk and cotton mix consider, Silcott Voile and Silcott Habotai. These fabrics are light weight, which is good to wrap and tie, although the difference between front and back may be slightly more noticeable than the others.

Think about borders and geometric designs. Straight lines that are printed onto a weave that is not exactly straight may well end up ‘wavy’. By incorporating a larger area of colour at the edges you can still create an effective border that will give more tolerance for cutting and hemming. 

There may be shrinkage on the fabric you choose. This is not a constant and may vary from roll to roll and from batch to batch during printing. Silk is a naturally varying fabric that is woven in traditional ways. Shrinkage is an effect beyond our control. As much as possible, we will take additional measures to bring your scarves back to the original size stated in your order. This additional process will extend the turnaround time for this type of order by the minimum of 7 – 10 days.

Please contact us for our current turnaround times when placing your order for hemmed scarves.

Design Hints

Here are some best practices to consider when designing for a scarf.

Of course dimensions will dictate much of your design but also think about the finished article.

What sort of hemming are you planning?
What fabric will you choose?     Not all fabrics can be hemmed. Please check.
How will it be worn?
Is it for day or evening wear?

Clear answers to all these questions will help you and us achieve the best results.

Block colour in your design?

Not a good idea – Digital Printing does not suit a block colour design, it does suit multi-patterned, multi-coloured design. The slightest ink spot on a plain background (coloured or white) will be clearly visible and spoil the whole scarf. If your design contains block colour you will be asked to accept the risks involved. Obviously we do our best to avoid this happening but we cannot guarantee that one of the printing nozzles won’t release a micro drop of ink, which on a block colour would be very obvious.

A busy design will camouflage
A block design will emphasis

Printing Anomalies

The total surface area of your scarf may include slight anomalies associated with the process of digital textile printing.

Minor inclusions such as; ink spots, water marks, loose threads, slubs, wavy lines, thread rotation and surface lint within the printed area will be considered as acceptable by Quality Control. We will not approve any print that we consider contain large inclusions. These will have been rejected and reprinted prior to dispatch.

Your scarf order will be counted and checked by both our Finishing and QC departments before dispatch. Claims for any defects or shortages must be made in writing within seven days of delivery.

Prices are for hemming only. Please add these to your printing and fabric costs. For more sizes and finishes, please contact us for details. (E&OE)

Artwork Size Pin or Eyelash Fringe Hem Hand Finished Machine Roll Hem  
33cm x 33cm £3.49 £4.36  
45cm x 45cm £3.90 £4.88  
60cm x 60cm £4.20 £5.25  
90cm x 90cm £5.10 £6.38  
120cm x 120cm £5.83 £7.29  
134cm x 134cm £6.46 £8.08  
45cm x 180cm £5.61 £7.01  
68cm x 220cm £6.91 £8.64  
134cm x 180cm £7.51 £9.39  

Tip: Allow approx. a 1cm border that will be tight rolled up to the design to give a ‘Pencil Hem’. Alternatively, allow a 2cm border that will be hemmed to leave approx. a 1cm plain border around your scarf. Please sepcify which you require. See this pdf of Scarf Printing Leaflet v8 for more details.

Scarf Fabrics
Popular choices are Single Georgette, Habotai, Light Crepe de Chine, Silk Modal, Poly Chiffon, Light Satin, Silcott Voile, Silcott Habotai, Satin 10

Just to say that I am absolutely over the moon with my scarves. The first time they were beautiful, but now that they are double faced in the silk satin, they are a dream…..the drape, hemming finish and colour could not be improved upon. So thank you!


Just wanted to say a big thank you for my scarves! They came out beautiful, really pleased with them. The colours came out just as I had on my files and the rolled hem finish is beautifully done. Thank you!


I just wanted to say a huge thank you for getting those scarves out to us today. They look really amazing and we are really pleased with the quality of the print and hemming.
Thanks so much,