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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Once you have your buttonholes, lay out the scarflet the way it will close around your neck, lining up the edges the way you'll want it to fit.


Try it on again to check how to position it if you need to.

Now all you need to do is pick out your buttons and sew them on! I chose all shank-type buttons because the loop buttonholes fit around that style better. If you want to use sew-through-type buttons, make sure they are big enough so the loops won't slip off easily.


Big, fat shank buttons like this vintage orange one work great with the fringe loops.

Try on your new scarflet and admire the extreme style improvement with that small amount of work! And, of course, adding some extra embroidery, appliqué, topstitching, or any other embellishments of your choice would personalize your neckpiece further!


I love using huge, mismatched buttons!

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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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