Rachel: Square-Scarf Side Bow/Flower Tutorial

Hi, Wrapunzelistas! Summer has officially begun in my neck of the woods, so I’ve been on the hunt for styles to help stay cool in the sweltering heat. Some of my favorite summer scarves have always been Israeli Tichels and I found myself reaching for my favorite one recently, when I knew that I’d be spending lots of time in the sun. Having just watched Andrea’s new Israeli Tichel tutorial, I found myself itching to try something different and came up with the following easy breezy look. It’s so simple!


If you can tie your shoe laces, you can tie this tichel! I was particularly thrilled that it could be worn over just a No-Slip Headband and that it doesn’t require any volume in the back, as I usually skip wearing a shaper at the beach and during many other summer activities. Plus, it can be worn with tails or without, which give even more possibilities.

Or even fanned out, lending the appearance of a flower. Totally flapper-esque, am I right?!


This style will work well with any square tichel and a variety of materials. One of my passions has always been collecting vintage silk squares, but I have struggled a bit when coming up with ways to highlight them. Well, I am happy to report that they work beautifully here and even manage to give a more amped-up, fancy look. This one will be just perfect for Shabbat!



Before you watch the tutorial below, know that this style can also be tied with a long, oblong-shaped scarf. Skip your pashminas, grab your favorite thin, rectangular tichel (embroidery might be tricky), tie a knot in the back of your head with one short tail and then bring the longer one over your head, before tying the bow/flower.

Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!!!


12 thoughts on “Rachel: Square-Scarf Side Bow/Flower Tutorial

  1. Jocelyn Svhultz Isenberg

    Why not just tie your knot on the side you are getting info to make your bow? That’s what I’ve done for years when I’ve done a side tie with a rectangle.


    1. Diane

      Since you have been doing this bow tying for a while, how do you keep a slippery silky square scarf in place. And, how do you deal with the back triangle?


      1. Jocelyn Schultz Isenberg

        When I tie the scarf at the side of my head — usually just behind my ear or to the back of my ear — I have the triangle at the side as well. What would normally be the top of the scarf — i.e. what would normally go above your forehead — goes on the opposite side over the other ear. So if I’m tying on the left side, the middle “top” would go over the left ear. Then your triangle “tail” is right there with the long ends that you are tying. And now go on with Rachel’s tutorial — or any other tie — from where she brings everything to the side. I hope this makes sense.


        1. Diane

          Jocelyn, thanks. With the silky scarves, though, it just slips all over the place. I tried the other day, and I literally fell off my head. I don’t know if using my signature shaper would help keep it on. The cotton ones work so much better and stay on. I gave up on my square silky scarf nearly after the first day I tried it.


  2. Jackie

    I absolutely LOVE Rachel’s ideas and tutorials! Thank you for all of the time and effort you all put into us Wrapunzelistas! Sending love your way!


  3. Diane

    Hi Rachel,

    I tried it last evening after I saw your YouTube video. Maybe it will work better without a shaper. I had a hard time with get the opposite side of the bow to not pucker. It drove me crazy. And, I couldn’t get the flower, but I think it’s because I used a Wrapunzel Israeli tichel that had been washed and was limp. Perhaps a bit of spray sizing and ironing would help it. I ended up with a limp bow instead.

    But, like you, I love the Wrapunzel Israeli scarves, and last July in Israel, they were my go to scarf. I wore it for my Israeli passport as well as for my US military dependent ID (I was glad that they let me take my official photo with the scarf, but without hair on my forehead, etc., it’s great for facial recognition:).
    And, without a bow and shaper, they are great to top off with a wide-brimmed hat. I have problems with light sensitivity and it helped while shopping or as you will be at the beach to protect your face from the sun.

    This morning, I tried typing it for a bow using a square silk scarf I bought two years ago from Wrapunzel. It was just slipping all over the place even with the velvet headband. The tails wouldn’t cooperate either. It’s no wonder I haven’t worn it except once or twice after I bought it as it’s just too unmanageable. Perhaps a shaper is needed, but I only like the signature size. I have neck problems and can’t take having weight at the back of my head.

    As to the rectangular one with a bow, there’s a video on YouTube with another Rachel for Wrapunzel (Dec. 2, 2015). She says the longer the tichel rectangle the easier to create the bow. I had been wondering about it since I bought the English Rose on Wrapunzel, and the model in the store has what appears to be a bow on the side of her head.

    So, I’m grateful for both of you for creating the bow. And, thanks for reminding me about what side you have your bow. Looking at videos isn’t like looking in the mirror. But, I usually have my hanging tails, braids, and now bow on my right side. (I use my left arm to pick up our small dog so it would get tangled with him and I use a cane with my right hand.

    Now, I have a some questions:
    1) how to tame the opposite side when using the Wrapunzel Israeli tichel. It was looking very unkempt. I ended up putting it behind my ear to smooth it down. Any other ideas?

    2) is it possible to put the bow higher, above the ear not on it? I wear glasses & it was driving me crazy trying to get my glasses under the bow and on top of the shaper or velvet headband,

    3) I would love possible solutions to use the silky square to create a bow or even keep it on my head. Perhaps the signature shaper will help. But, besides the slippage, it was hard to deal with the tails. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    4) Is there something better we can do with the tails of the square scarf. I tried tucking them in, but I just felt something was missing. I’m used to having tails hanging down on my side, so I may just do that.

    Thanks for your suggestions.


    1. Haydon Cornett

      I wear glasses too, and the technique I prefer to use with all my scarves is this: after tying back my hair and putting on my shaper (I have a Wendy beret with an attached velvet headband, so I don’t need to add one, but whatever you use), I put on my glasses over it and THEN put on my scarf/scarves. That way my glasses don’t dig into my head or ears, nor do I have trouble squeezing them in-between tichel and shaper AFTER wrapping.


  4. Sandra

    Wow, that is awesome!
    It’s the middle of the night where I live, and I’m really tired, but just when I was done learning and wanted to go to bed, I saw this tutorial and had to try it at once!
    I usually shy away from one-scarf-wraps that lie flat on top of the head, because they tend to be quite unflattering for me, and I don’t think I can pull this off with a solid coloured square scarf and a really big bow / flower. But as you mentioned rectangular scarves, and as a lot of pattern seems to lessen the unflattering effect of flat wrapping styles for me, I immediately thought of the “Starry Night” scarf. And that’s what I just tried it with. And accidentally found out that you can do a combination of the Yael wrap and the bow from this tutorial. Because, when I brought the longer end of the rectangular scarf around my head, I thought it was a pity to cover my favourite part of the pattern underneath – so I twisted the scarf on the one side, just like in the Yael wrap, tied a knot with the shorter end and continued to do the bow just like in your tutorial. My bow is much smaller than yours, instead I left a lot of tail hanging down, and voilà, it works for me.
    I still don’t look my best in it from the front, but I really love how it looks from the side. And as there will always be days for me when more complicated styles, with more weight and volume, are just too much unwanted sensory perception, and whatever nice wrap I came up with in the morning is off in next to no time again, I now have at least one simple wrap which will not make me feel “ugh!” on these occasions 🙂
    Thank you!


  5. Jocelyn Schultz Isenberg

    Instead of tying your knot in the back and moving it to the side, try tying it on the side you want your bow/flower. That is what I used to do when I wore something similar years ago. It’s less messy and doesn’t move whatever layer you have underneath.


  6. Crystal

    I decided to try this with a rectangle scarf (since i only have one square & it’s pretty heavy). I didn’t really want to wrap the extra length over my head, because I knew it would make me hotter (it’s been in the 90s here all week). After playing with it for a few minutes, I twisted the long end & wrapped it around my “bun”. I then tied it again with the shorter end & made my bow. It worked nicely, the ends were still long enough to work with & looked so cute. I never would have thought of the bow, so thank you for coming up with it. 🙂

    Thank you, Wrapunzel ladies, so much for the tutorials: they are always so easy to follow. When I started covering, I was uncomfortable & nervous about my scarves. I knew that covering was the right thing for me, but never thought I would feel pretty wearing a scarf. Wrapunzel has helped me to be comfortable with my scarves AND to feel beautiful again. (Notice I said “feel” beautiful. My husband thought that my covering with scarves made me extra beautiful. -but Wrapunzel helped my feelings to catch up with him.)


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