Making a scarf:
Find a beautiful warm fabric in a fairly loose weave, at least 60" wide.
Buy 1/3 of a yard.
Sew a handkerchief hem down both raw edges (the long sides).
Cut off the selvadge.
Sew a single line of stitching 1", 2" or 3" from the (newly) raw edge to creat fringe of however long you like your fringe (across the short length).
Carefully pull out fibers across the short length leaving the long ones as fringe.
If you feel inclined, tie sections into knots, giving a more tasseled look.
If you don't want to loose it, embroider an inital or two on one end.
If anyone at your work compliments/ asks where you got it tell them it was very expensive
You make it sound so simple ;-) I'll give it a shot though. Thanks for the tutorial.