Monday, May 16, 2011

DIY: Scarf Vest

One step DIY's are the best. Am I right or am I right?

I recently made this scarf into a more wearable piece of clothing, by simply cutting two slits. It's all about where you cut the slits. The best part: you can still wear it as a scarf if you wanted to.

Some of you might also recognize it from the pictures I posted from the ReadyMade Magazine Party. My style is more on the casual side, so this scarf vest is a perfect way to dress up an otherwise plain t-shirt.

I used a 30x30 vintage square scarf. It's already on the bigger side of scarves, so I'd recommend finding the largest square scarf you can find. For reference - I'm about 5'2", and you can check out the pictures above to see how a 30x30 scarf vest fit me. It'll all depend on your height, your preference, and the scarf you use, but the pictures above will help you gauge how your finished piece will look.


- Large square scarf or fabric
- Scissors
- 3 minutes of your time

First and only step: cut two diagonal slits on either side of the scarf's midpoint.
That's it!

Don't worry about making everything perfectly straight. You can tell just by looking at the above picture that I didn't even cut them straight, either. When worn, the scarf will flow and fold within itself - so being a few inches off won't matter at all.

I eyeballed this and didn't measure anything before hand, but I understand that's not everyone's style. SO if you're still hesitant, check out the diagram below. I included measurements for my particular vest, but keep in mind that it was done on a 30x30 scarf. You can always adjust accordingly depending on the size of your scarf.

(Click to enlarge)

You don't even have to use a scarf if you don't want to. If you have a large piece of fabric laying all means, make that into a vest, too!

Thanks to Jenni from I Spy DIY for helping me snap these pictures!

Again, don't forget to check M&J Trimming's website tomorrow, Tuesday May 17, to see the DIY's that I made with their surprise box of supplies.

Also happening this week: meeting up with Glamour Kills Clothing, and an interview I had with Smashion will be also posted.

I've received a good number of questions for the Q&A video I'm doing soon, so if you haven't already - feel free to send a question or leave a comment below.



  1. love it!! I myself have a scarf like that which I'm going to do this to! (I'll cite you, of course :)

  2. Awesome! I'll definitely be tryin this, thanks! :)

  3. so cool and so easy. To be honest, i would do a number of things with a scarf but this would have never crossed my mind. cool

  4. You are, as ever, a genius! Love this look =) x

  5. What a great and simple idea! i've got so many square scarves i just don't wear because i find them too bulky to wear around my neck, but this is perfect for them!

  6. What an awesome idea!

    I love your stuff, I get a kick out of finding more creative ways to live life :)

    Morgan xx
    musician & fashion designer from down under

  7. awesome idea! just one question: with my scarves, whenever I try to cut them (for any project) the place where they were cut unravels into a little thready pile of mush. Do you have anything you recommend (like something to bind the edges) or is it maybe the way I'm cutting? Maybe they're just cheap scarves.....

  8. ^ It definitely depends on the type of fabric. I lucked out with the scarves I used for this project, and they're barely unraveling. In general though - the more sheer and thin the scarf is, the more likely it will be to NOT unravel, I'm pretty sure. I'd say in either case, use something like Fray Check to seal the edges (, for example. You can google it, and it's definitely available at Michaels!). It will darken your fabric a bit, just as any fabric gets when it's wet with something. It's like a liquid glue that will dry. I'd recommend that you test it out on the scarf just to make sure......if you have any more questions, just ask! xo

  9. I love your blog!!! you're very creative! you inspire me :) greetings from Poland :)

  10. oh oh OH!
    this rates like 10 million on the awesome scale!
    now I know what to do with all of those scarves I love but don't wear because I'm so rarely in a scarf mood!
    thank you :)

  11. Nice DIY !
    I like your blog !
    If you like french fashion, i invite you to visit mine, and maybe follow me if you like it :)


  12. It's genial!!!!Love your blog....follow you!!!!


  13. Wow! This looks stunning! Waht a great idea!!hughs ANja

  14. omg amazing. I'm totally going to do this!!

    XO Sahra

  15. Wow! Such an amazing idea! Thanks, that looks great :)


  16. great idea !!

  17. love all of you diy ideas!!! =D
    passa a trovarmi se ti va mi farebbe piacere!

  18. fantastic idea!! i think tomorrow i will tryy it!

  19. This is so unique, I'm going to recommend your blog & this diy project to our followers :). PS: Love the salt/pepper shakers with pearls and studs!

  20. hey!! I actually did just the same thing, I cited you and linked to you in my blog post, it was such an inspiration. I happened to have a scarf of the same dimensions lying around, and it was perfect. It looked fantastic too.

    Here's a link to what I did:

  21. Linking up to you tomorrow at Dollar Store Crafts! :)

  22. Amazing! I love this idea! I see a lot more scarf purchases in my future...

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  24. you have got to be kidding!!!!---what a great idea---i'm going to give this a try and purchase more ya for it!!!

  25. This is great! I have a designer scarf that I can never figure out how to integrate it into my outfit- well now I'm pulling out the scissors! I hope mine comes out as awesome as yours! Thanks for sharing!


  26. What a cool idea! I would have never thought of this. Cute, easy and inexpensive! My favorite DIY projects. I am featuring this at tonight. Grab my "featured" button.

  27. Love this! I have several "thrift store" finds I could do this with...thanks!

  28. That's an awesome idea. I've been thinking of it for a while but I was a little lay as I have this beautiful scarf that I want to wear on me, not around'm a fan of DIY and have done much to my clothes, shoes, accessories to adjust it to my taste, especially when the price of the product out there is astronomous. I am one of your followers now, come by

  29. Do you think other fabrics would need hemming?

  30. I saw this linked up to Kendi's blog... what a clever idea! I'm gonna have to try this out next time I find a killer scarf that I don't quite know how to use.

  31. I did this and it is my new favorite accessory. I got a $1 silk scarf from a thrift shop and it turned out wonderful! It's genius -- you're genius. I linked back, of course. :)


  32. Best DIY idea I've seen today. :) Will definitely try this.

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