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easy DIY: scarf to kimono-esque cardigan

January 15, 2014

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Whenever I’m out shopping, I find it extremely difficult to resist the allure of a scarf with a particularly beautiful colorway and print. The result? A scarf drawer crammed to capacity, with many a silken or sheer square buried and forgotten beneath the ever-growing collection. I always knew that these lovely, neglected pieces of fabric presented a prime DIY upcycling opportunity — I simply needed to figure out what that opportunity was. Now I know! After stumbling upon a couple tutorials (here and here) for turning a  scarf into a kimono-style cardigan, I made my own version using a sheer, rust-colored, fringed scarf I brought home as a souvenir from Barcelona.

I can’t adequately stress how painless this project is. You don’t even need a sewing machine. In fact, all you’ll need is a needle and thread and the ability to hand stitch a straight line. So fool proof, it’s silly. Just fold a large square scarf in half. Then, with the folded side at the top, seam the right and left edges about halfway up from the bottom. See figure below. Voila. You’re done. Open it up, stick your arms through the armholes (i.e. the unsewn edges), and let your cardi drape around you for effortless, slouchy, boho fabulousness.

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2 comments

  1. I love this. What was the dimensions of the scarf? Not sure how big of a scarf to use.


    • Hi nicoledig, thanks for your comment! The scarf I used is 40″ x 40″ and I found it to be the perfect size for this project. Would love to see yours when it’s done. Best!



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