Monday, June 6, 2011

DIY Summery Linen Scarf

This was one of my recent thrift store bargains. I was looking for maternity shirts and came across this really pretty sheer linen blouse for $2.
I loved the rhinestone details! I figured if it didn't fit, I could use it for a cute scarf instead. It didn't end up fitting my baby bump, so it became a scarf!
I started out by trying to get as many strips of fabric as I could from the shirt. It's a little hard to work with such light fabric, but if it's not perfect, it shouldn't matter too much.
From the back and front of the shirt, I was able to make 4 strips to create the scarf. I left the edges unfinished and sewed all 4 pieces together to make one long piece. (My fun green paint in my craft room looks horrible in photos, yuck)
I used the sleeves of the shirt to add some cute flowers. I cut thin strips of fabric (they don't even need to be even or perfect cuts). I put a drop of Elmer's glue on one end.
The I slowly rolled, twisted, and glued to create a circular shape. There's no right way to do this so you just kinda learn as you go. The glue dried clear so you can use as much as you need to make it stick.
When I was done with each flower, I glued the end flap down.
I pulled off some extra rhinestones from some of the shirt scraps and glued them on to the flowers.

I ended up with 3 different-sized flowers for each end of the scarf.I used Elmer's Glue to attach the flowers to the scarf, but I realized that would mean you'd see glue on the back of the scarf. To avoid that problem, I added a light pink layer of fabric as the back of the scarf.
I love it! It's so light and perfect for summer! Also a good way to hide a bulging baby bump or post-baby bump : )


  1. Brilliant! Love the little flower details on the bottom!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. that was a really cute top, but the scarf is perfect!

  3. very nice looks great and so summery

  4. Wow - great transformation. So pretty! I would love for you to share this project at my linky party.

    Hope to see you there.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. super pretty lisa! love how you did the flowers

  6. OMGosh, how cute that turned out! I ♥ the scarf and the rosettes. Great idea.

  7. Oh, Lisa! That is PRECIOUS! Great idea! You are so smart! Love the fabric flower too! So cute!

  8. Thanks so much for linking up at my link party. Hope to see you Tuesday at the next link party.

  9. love that! i was literally just saying i want to find a lightweight summer scarf. those rhinestones just make it even cuter. love! and free! woot!

  10. Hi. I am a new follower. Stopping by to invite you to join Thrifty Thursday, because your blog is adorable. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!

  11. What a great idea! Love how your scarf turned out.

  12. Lisa, it's absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful way to upcycle the fabric from a thrifted top.

    Thank you for being a part of what made this week's "A Little Birdie Told Me..." linky party the best yet!


  13. Hey Lisa, I was so shocked to see this linked up, he he. I'm so used to seeing your yummy recipes, BUT this was a brilliant refashion. The shirt was so cute to begin with, but what a pretty light weight summer scarf, FOR SURE.... you did great. Oh and baby bump??? Where is it, maybe a side view next time lol.

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party :)
    I loved this so much, I featured you girl!
    Come grab a button girl, and display it proudly!

    Hugs, Bella **Features from week #40** @ Bella Before and After

  14. As always my dear you rock! That scarf and the rosettes are beautiful!


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