How to Make Three Buttoning Designs from Fringed Scarves

comments (3) March 20th, 2009     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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The fringe from the original scarves make for interesting design elements in your new pieces.
I made three styles, but you can use your creative powers to invent your own designs, too!
A boring white scarf becomes a fun scarflet with some choice vintage buttons.
The fringe from the original scarves make for interesting design elements in your new pieces.

The fringe from the original scarves make for interesting design elements in your new pieces.

Photo: Lee Meredith
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Plain fringed scarves are so common and cheap, but what crafter wants to wear a plain scarf like that? By adding some fun vintage buttons from your stash, you can convert a simple scarf into a cool scarflet or buttoning cowl-type accessory—so much better! I'll show you a few different ways of constructing your new neckpiece, but depending on your particular scarf size, you may need to make some changes to make it work. Play around with what you have to work with and feel free to stray from my methods and turn it into your own design!

For each style, you'll need:

  • A scarf with fringe
  • Buttons (as many as you want to use)
  • Needle and thread

In all of my designs, there was no cutting involved and no machine sewing. If I ever decided I wanted one of these scarves to be back in normal scarf mode, I could snip the buttons off, untie some knots, and have an unharmed scarf. This might be important to you if you have a scarf you really love and you don't want to risk destroying it. But if you want to take any of these ideas further and break out the scissors and sewing machine, go for it!


My first version was made with a scarf measuring about 4.5 feet by 6 inches.

First style:
To check if this style will work well with your scarf, fold the scarf in half and put it around your neck like this:


If your halved scarf overlaps like this around your neck, it will make a great scarflet!

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Comments (3)

MissBeadAlot writes: I love this!
Posted: 8:45 pm on July 5th
croqzine writes: Great ideas, Lee!
Posted: 3:16 am on April 2nd
theemptynest writes: Love this design idea! So creative and inexpensive. You can make the scarves from fleece and get an even more custom look. Will be making some very soon. Thanks Lee!
Posted: 7:19 am on March 20th
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