Scarves go in and out of fashion, use your scarves to make a delightful craft. This is a guide about craft uses for old scarves.
Sew cute scarf decor from old scarves or $1 store scarves. I had some felt laying around and an old scarf and decided to make a cute shelf sitter for my daughter's new baby room. Her theme is "owls". This took hardly any time and it looks great.
Give your old throw pillows a new look using old scarves. You can do this in less than five minutes and there's no sewing required. If you don't own any scarves, shop at yard sales or secondhand stores for pretty scarves under a dollar.
Approximate Time: less than 5 minutes
By Mom of 1 from Wilkesboro, NC
I have a box of silk scarves I used to wear with suits when I was working. Are there any ideas on how I can "repurpose" them? Perhaps craft usages.
By Geri from Orlando, FL
You could sew the scarves together to make a large scarf like a shawl. Or you could tie them around the band of a hat to decorate it. But actually scarves are terribly fashionable these days- I wear them to spiff up my t-shirts or sweat shirts! See if you can utilize them in your wardrobe. It's amazing how pulled together you can look wearing a scarf.
Google fabric flower crafts and see what comes up. I know I've seen satin and silk flowers and cotton quilted flowers. They'd be good on a hat or as headbands or ? I use silk scarves a lot (the long kind of skinny ones) to drape around the neck of a jacket or over shirt to fancy it up and draw attention from my lack of waistline!
You could weave them in large canvas like a rug for a purse. Braid them for a belt or braid enough then sew them together for another bag. Use a braided length for a handle on a bag or fabric bowl. Brighten up a lamp shade by draping several over an existing lamp shade, the light coming through would be wonderful. Good luck. Remember fashion never "dyes" it just takes a rest for a term.
I've seen them tied about hardware on nice purses.
I am looking for the directions to tying a scarf into a purse. I saw this on Martha Stewart's show, but cannot find them on her website. If anyone can tell me where to find them please let me know.
Julie from Naples, FL
I remembered this from earlier this summer. It was actually a feature on the Martha Show about her new magazine called Blueprint that came out in May (2006). I don't know why it isn't on the website! Anyway, the best I could do was scan the picture in from the article and type in the directions below. Hope it helps!
Use a 32 inch square scarf or 45 inch square tablecloth
1. Lay the scarf facedown. Pull one of the corners through one hand to create a tail about one-third the length of the side; tie a knot.
2. Repeat the same tail-knotting on the scarf's other three corners.
3. For handles, tie the upper two tails together in a square knot (right over left, left over right); repeat with the lower two tails.
I read the directions, and can't get it in my mind.. I looked for the picture, and couldn't find any thing. Maybe you could send it to me.. thanks
Thank you kddid and mef1957. I found the instructions at: http://www.marthastewart.com/page.j ... id=channel3730328&site=blueprint
Could not have done it without you!!
Julie from Naples FL
I have tons of scarves, all shapes and sizes. I will never use them. What can I do with them?
What about using them to cover pillows to make decorative pillows for sofas and/or beds?
Use an old scarf for a scarecrow or a snow man!
If you are saying silky scarves- why not use them as gift sachet bags? Cut, hem, (Or iron-fuse tape 3 sides, fill with scented petals, stitch up fourth side, add a tiny bow. OR.. Fold them to overlap in triangles to make a special valance for a window treatment.
Make (or buy in a thrift store or lawn sale) frame(s) and make mat(s). Staple the scarf to a piece of poster board to keep the material taut- slide behind the mat...instant wall art!
Braid the scarves into one-of-a-kind drapery tie backs.
Line a plain wooden box from a craft store after you have stained or painted it, to be used for jewelry, recipes, or whatever comes to mind, depending on the size of the scarf, the box, and your imagination. Just use pinking scissors, spray adhesive, and a ruler.
Get a piece of plexiglass and place the scarf under it for a changeable dressertop, desk blotter or table centerpiece.
You also could braid them into an interesting wreath if all else fails.