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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So if it's a good size, keep it folded in half, and tie the fringe together. Start at one end, tying the end fringe strands from each scarf end to each other, then work your way up, fastening the two ends of your scarf together.


Tie the fringe of one end of your scarf to the fringe on the other side, one knot at a time.

You should now have a tube, which you'll flatten out and treat as one piece of fabric, with the fringe on one end.


If you want to embellish your scarflet further, you could sew the long edges together with a contrasting thread.

Next, turn some of that fringe into your buttonholes. Decide how many buttons you want to use, and count the fringe on your scarf. Figure out how to evenly space the buttonholes, and tie pairs of fringe to each other again, but with the new knots at the tips. Each buttonhole will be a pair of fringe strands, one from each end of the scarf, tied together once at the base and again at the tips, forming a loop.


The easiest way to make a knot at the tip is to tie it more in the middle, then tighten it from below in the loop center, moving the knot to the top.

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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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