How to tie a headscarf, Tutti-style

There’s no denying Tutti has amazing hair. It’s as pure in colour as a unicorn’s mane, defies gravity and grows vertically, like the spikes of a snow-white pineapple. But it’s her headwear that has people turning heads. For as long as she can remember she’s been tying all manner of scarves, donning hats and even in the ’80s used to thread scarves around these weird, padded headbands (see pic below, top left) which she still managed to make look fabulous.


As she’s got older, the bows have got bigger and her scarf collection has expanded to epic proportions, which makes it especially easy to spot her in a crowd. I can’t tell you how many people compliment Tutti on her ‘turban’ every day, or how many have asked her how she ties it. SO, you’re in for a treat. Here are nine simple steps to Tuttifying yourself.


Take a long, cotton scarf. Cotton works best because it’s light to wear, easy to tie and the bow stays tight unlike silk / satin. The scarves Tutti wear are about 1.5 metres long (but then, Tutti likes a giant bow).


Start with the middle of the scarf against the back of your head


Bring the two halves of the scarf together


Tie scarf firmly at the hairline (or wherever you think it looks good)


Make a loop with the lower length of scarf (the one closest to your forehead) in preparation for tying the bow


Bring the loop across, and place the other length of scarf over the top of the loop


Push the length of scarf under the loop to create a bow


Make sure both loops are now even and fan out the bow. You can adjust the bow by pulling on the knot in the middle.


Smile your most dazzling smile, and head out the door. Consider yourself TUTTIFIED!


And now? You can watch Tutti in action! Scroll down for the video.


4 thoughts on “How to tie a headscarf, Tutti-style

  1. Kathy Barthel says:

    I love your blog and seeing the “free spirits” that you and your mom are. I am becoming more and more like you two. It’s what’s inside of me that is begging to come out. Thanks for giving me the courage to let it out. xox Kathy

    • Hi Kathy, thank you SO much for your kind words. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to hear you’ve enjoyed my blog. It’s so liberating to be able to truly be yourself. I think it’s something we learn as we get older – that it really doesn’t matter what other people think, and that we can be as fun and colourful as we like. I love this quote by Allen Ginsberg “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” Good advice to live by I think! Thanks again for reading and have a marvellous day! C x

  2. Tracy says:

    I “found” you on IG and have subsequently discovered your blog and your Momma. Y’all are lovely, fabulously unique and just plain awesome sauce. I’m 47 and still trying to figure out my style and you two give me encouragement and great ideas. Just wish we weren’t a hemisphere apart.

    • Hi Tracy, thank you SO much for your lovely comments. If you ever make it to Sydney, you are more than welcome to pay us a visit! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend (and beyond!) xx

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