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Refashion: Scarf Skirt

Posted by Elizabeth A. from United States • Published See Elizabeth A.'s 19 projects »
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  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut a large square scarf in half (try to be as precise as possible).
    This scarf was approx. 68 inches square (173 cm).

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Sew the side seams of the skirt (the skinny ends of the rectangles) together. I choose to show the "wrong side" of the scarf fabric and leave the side seams pressed open on the outside.

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Make a paper pattern for the waist band. Determine your approx. waist size (add for seam allowances) and choose a rectangle half that dimension long.

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold the rectangle into 4 quadrants.

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    If you are choosing to do a wide waist band, taper the sides of the pattern at this point. (I didn't put enough of a taper and had to alter the waist band after I had it sewed together).

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut out your waist band (two pieces, one for front and one for back) from any type of stretchy fabric. I used some wool jersey scraps, but old t-shirt material would also work well. Pin the two waist band pieces together, and sew up the side seams.

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    This is what you should have at this point.

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold over the waist band and try it on (I had to do some taking in at this point). Make sure it fits well before you continue.

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    Gather the skirt portion and pin it to the waist band. Machine stitch it on. After this is complete your skirt should look like this.

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    Press over the remaining raw edge of waist band.

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fold over inside of waist band and slip stitch to to secure inside of
    skirt.

  • How to make a full skirt. Scarf Skirt - Step 12
    Step 12

    The finished skirt. I will do a few things differently, if I try this again.

    I don't like how the repeating band doesn't meet up precisely on the sides. Next time I will trim the band off the sides and just have a continuous band around the bottom.

    I chose not to hem the bottom of the skirt and just use the self fringing scarf edge. The skirt doesn't hang well. Part of the problem is that I'm slightly crooked, but it's partially an issue with the scarf itself. With a higher quality scarf, this might not be such a problem, but I'm not totally happy with it.

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ay*lee*sha
ay*lee*sha · , · 21 projects

BRILLIANT! I have tons of scarves that I love but don't wear. GENIUS!!

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Elizabeth A.
Elizabeth A. · Pacific, Pacific Northwest, United States · 19 projects

Thank you Michelle and Steffi. Staysik, those are good ideas!

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Staysik
Staysik · SLC, UTAH, United States · 16 projects

This skirt is really great! Since you've already invested so much time into it, and writing the tutorial (thanku) maybe if you lined your skirt it would help? You could add a crochet, lace, beaded or some type of edging at the bottom, which might help the drape... but it looks really well-done from the pic's :)

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Steffi
Steffi · , Overijssel, Netherlands · 4 projects

Thats a nice idea for my old scarf, thanks for the tutorial :))

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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, NS, Canada · 1258 projects

cute

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