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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Second style:
This style has the scarf wrapping around your neck as many times as needed for the two ends to just touch, making for a fitted cowl. Make sure your scarf is a good length for this—wrap it around your neck with the two ends meeting in front (so there will be some twisting in the back), and make sure it's fitted but not too tight. (My scarf here was the same size as the first one, about 4.5 feet by 6 inches.)


The scarf is twisted around itself in the back so that the two ends can meet on top in the front.

To make this version, simply tie three pairs of fringe strands so they're knotted at the tips to make loops, two on one end of the scarf and one on the other end. On the first side, tie the two endmost fringe strands to each other on each end so you have two loops on the two scarf corners. On the other side, find the centermost pair of fringe strands and tie them together.


Let the rest of the fringe just hang loose as a design element of the cowl.

Sew on buttons opposite the loops, as seen in the photo above. For this one, I used large sew-through buttons. As in the first version, make sure your buttons are not too small for the loops to hold on to. Then try on your new accessory—wrap it around your neck, position the two ends on top in the front (or a little off-center), and button it up!


You can leave all the fringe tucked in for a more subtle look, or pull it all out for a fringy style.

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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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