Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Easy DIY Summer Top From a Scarf

Today I'll be sharing a DIY for making a large vintage scarf into a floaty top, perfect for Summer. I shared the first one I made on one of my first blog posts.  It took me less than half an hour to make so I think that anyone with some sewing experience could make one, the only tricky thing is working with a slippery fabric. I got both scarves, for my original top and the one I made for this post, from my Grandma but they usually cost less than £5  at vintage shops and markets.

For this DIY you will need:
  • A large, rectangular silk scarf
  • Pins
  • Thread in a colour to match the scarf, unless you want the stitches to show up
  • A sewing machine, you could sew this by hand but it'd take much longer and wouldn't be as strong
  • Scissors- preferably pinking shears which cut out in a zig-zag shape as they stop the fabric fraying so much
  • An overlocker, if you have one 
  • Tape measure/ruler

Making the head-hole 

I cut-out a 28cm head-hole but if you want a different sized one than just change the measurements. 
1. I started by finding the middle of the scarf both ways. I folded it in half horizontally and put a pin in the centre, before repeating this but vertically. I then halved my head-hole measurement (to get 14cm) and measured 14cm either side of the centre, and put a pin in.
2. You then need to cut along the part of the scarf where your head-hole will be.

3. It should look something like this. 

4. To add strength, and to stop the fabric fraying as much, I sewed along the head-hole with a zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine, If you have an overlocker then this step would be slightly easier. 

5. You then need to fold over a small hem and stitch along it, with the raw edges on the wrong side of the scarf. You could alternatively use bias binding or lace to edge the neckline, if you wanted to make it more interesting. 

Making the 'sleeves'/ arm-holes

1. For my top, I measured 20cm up from the bottom of the scarf and pinned up until the 20cm mark- to create the arm-holes.

2. Sew up to this point on both sides of the scarf to create arm-holes and you're done- I told you it was easy!

Here is the top I made for this post- I styled it with my H&M high- waisted jeans, which I think will look better in Summer instead of the awful rainy weather we've been having recently. The one I made last year did cause me problems though as France was quite windy and I kept accidentally flashing people so I wouldn't recommend wearing this in windy weather, but I think it'd be great for on the beach. 

If you make this top remember to tag me on social media so I can see it!
Twitter- @hollyoliviablog
Instagram- @hollyoliviacreates

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x


  1. Great post! You are so creative, I wish I can make it too

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    1. Thank you. I'm sure that you could make one too!
      Yeah, that will be good.

      Holly Olivia x


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