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The Funky Scarf Shirt

It’s Summer! Such a busy time. But there are still those days when you’re feeling creative, maybe looking for something for the kids to do, perhaps wishing to whip up some simple home decor for a Summer party or a breezy piece of clothing for the warm weather. Let’s look back, this Summer, and revisit some of our very first posts and guest posts. We’ll return with brand new projects in September. Have a great Summer!


If you’ve read the “About Us” section, you may have snickered at my reference to constructing shirts from scarves. Guess what? It wasn’t a joke! I am a cheap nerd who likes to make clothes from crazy material, including weird scarves I find at what could be considered a flea market. I’ve worn this before with a pair of green jeans and it’s nice and breezy in the warm weather but not so flimsy that it blows up in the wind. Thank god.

By: Jodi

Total Time Required: As long as it takes you to find a couple of scarves you like, and then get down to business.

Working Time Required: About 1/2 hour to an hour if you’re a beginner-ish sewer like me.

Project Cost: I bought these crazy Stampede scarves at Honest Ed’s for $1 each. I had white thread, but you can buy it anywhere for about a dollar/spool.

Materials and Tools Required:

  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • pins
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • 2 equal-sized scarves

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  • first I bought a pair of matching scarves that were about 2′ square.
  • I measured from the top of my shoulder to the inside of my armpit, added another couple of inches for movement allowance, and, putting the scarves front-to-front, pinned and sewed from the bottom of each side to that measured mark. scarf top 2 REV
  • because the scarves are already hemmed, there is no need to hem the bottom of the shirt.
  • I then had to figure out out how wide I wanted the neck to be (I wanted to be able to wear a bra without straps showing, but have a lot of space to get my head through). I measured my head halfway around, making sure it was at LEAST that distance across and then added a few inches for a looser neck.
  • then I measured about 2 inches in on either side to allow for a flirty, little slit at the top of the arm-hole. I then sewed those distances on either side of the neck.scarf top 1
  • I decided it wouldn’t be quite so constricting at the neck if I slit down the front about 5 inches.
  •  to finish the neck, I folded the material around the slit under, and then under again, pinned and sewed that with a jaggedy finish.

As the French say, “Voila!”. Cool shirt for under 5 bucks that is great for a Spring/Summer day. Or for a Stampede.

One Comment Post a comment
  1. Oh my goodness, I love this! I need to learn how to sew… I’ll just add it to the list.

    April 18, 2013

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