How to make a scarf into a shirt

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How to make a scarf into a shirt
Don't hide the pattern of your favourite scarf around your neck---show it off as a halter top. (smiling scarf image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from

You've found a really cute large silky scarf at a thrift store. You love the pattern, but what to do with it? With one cut, two knots, and some ribbon binding, you could turn it into your favourite summer halter top.

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Things you need

  • 1 lightweight 36" square scarf
  • Scissors
  • 2 yards of 1" ribbon to match or contrast
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Fold the scarf on the diagonal, into a triangle. Mark the centre of the fold. Cut along the fold from one corner to the centre mark.

  2. 2

    Measure the length of the cut. Double this number and cut a piece of ribbon this length, plus 1/2". Press a 1/4" hem on each end of the ribbon. Press the ribbon in half lengthwise. Pin along the raw cut edges of the scarf, which will be the V-neck of your top, and sew in place.

  3. 3

    To wear the top, tie the cut ends around your neck. The ribbon-bound V will be in front. Tie the side points around your waist in back in a square knot.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a belt to this top for a more defined shape.
  • Make this an all-weather top by layering it under a blazer or cardigan.
  • If you are unsure about cutting halfway through the scarf, try cutting a quarter or third of the way and trying the top on to see if the V-neck is low enough.

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