Sunday, January 29, 2012

diy cowl scarf / working with what you've got

If you've taken a look at some of my projects (and if you have, thank you!), you know I'm big on reviving old garments.  I made this cowl scarf from a thrifted knit skirt that just didn't fit, simply cutting out a tube, sewing it into a funnel shape, and stitching the edges down.  Because I opted for the funnel shape, it fits a little closer at the neck, the way I like it.

I know we all have some excellent raw materials in our closets, so I wanted to share a couple of links to some favorite overhaul-related projects from blogland.  Most of them involve relatively simple techniques and thus don't require advanced sewing skills or a lot of special equipment (a hand-sewn pencil skirt, what?).  More importantly, these projects are great inspiration for looking at your older/thrifted clothing in a new light and coming up with new ways to make them work for you.   



Elastic-waist skirt from men's button-down - Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Silk skirt from granny dress - Le Fanciulle


Shorts from leather pants - A Pair & a Spare
Button-detail shorts from pants - Dress Me Up, Buttercup


Tube scarf from sweater - studs and pearls
Hat from sweater - Crochet Clouds
Bag from scarf - Little Projects in Style
Arm warmers from socks - Runway DIY

I hope these have lit a fire under that ass of yours.  Now go crank out something fabulous!


  1. I love the idea of refashioning/repurposing neglected items in my closet. Thanks for sharing these great links!

  2. thanks for including me! I'm all for revamping old goods. Sometimes it can be a challenge, but well worth it
    Erin @

  3. Awww thanks for adding me to your nifty list! I love your cowl scarf! I was going to work on an infinity scarf but I just changed my mind! ;)

  4. such great ideas!

  5. Your cowl looks so soft and snuggly. Thanks for the links!

  6. Love the cowl, and thanks for including Stripes & Sequins on your list!

  7. yes! great idea. there are so many ways to utilize what we already have, you're so right. I did a post about a similar thing yesterday too! great minds think alike :)

  8. thanks for including my DIY!! <3 if you decide to create it, do share some photos! :)

  9. Just about fell in love with your blog! So inspirational.

  10. what a great idea! you have such great diy's--i am excited to try them all out!

  11. So pretty!

    ox from NYC!

  12. Wow! I can't wait to go through all of these DIY projects. Thanks for listing your faves.