Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a shrug

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Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

A year or so ago I pinned this cool crochet cowl which transforms into a shrug. Cool, right? Except a year or so ago I had absolutely zero idea how to crochet, but I figured that I could make it by refashioning a scarf. I meant to make it for myself, but I wasn’t particularly inspired by any of my scarves that I was willing to cut up. But when chance brought a too-short scarf for my daughter into my life, I knew just what to do with it!

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

My daughter’s school had a charity fundraiser last Christmas (which is why I made these Hopi Eye woven Christmas tree ornaments with her class) and my daughter won this scarf from a random grab bag.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

It was yellow, Sofia’s favorite color and nicely knitted, however it was a) too short to be worn well and b) knit mostly in stockinette stitch, meaning that the edges all curved in, making it too chunky to be comfortable. But it was the perfect length to fit behind Sofia’s neck and under each arm, meeting on her back.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

But those edges just kept curling in, ruining the effect. So I decided to use a piece of fuzzy polyester fabric left over from my refashioned animal hat and scarf sets as a backing to the scarf before turning it into a shrug. Do you want to give this project a try, too? If you have a regular scarf that doesn’t turn in at the edges, there’s no need to back it, but doing so does make it extra warm and cozy, not to mention reversible. Here’s how to do it!

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

1. Place the scarf on top of the fabric backing, right sides together. Pin them together. I had to use a lot of pins because of the scarf’s curling edges. Mark the beginning and end of the space you need to leave open in the center of one long side with double pins.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

2. Sew around the whole scarf (except for where the opening will be) as close as possible to the edge of the scarf. Then trim any bits of backing fabric close to the edges.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

3. Turn the scarf right sides out through the opening.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

4. Close up the opening by hand using a ladder stitch. The fuzzy polyester hides the stitches really well.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

5. Here’s the backed scarf. Now let’s join the ends.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

6. Sew the ends of the scarf together by hand with a ladder stitch. If you want the shrug to be reversible, make sure to stick the needle where the two different fabrics meet (see photo above) and to help pull them together with only one of the fabrics showing on each side.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

7. Now try the shrug on your model. I’d considered making this with snaps to keep the top and bottom together, but I wasn’t happy with the look, so I decided to just forgo the cowl function and just sew it together into a shrug. Join the top and bottom parts with safety pins starting in the center and going as far out as you want. Just make sure that the model can get it on and off on her own while it’s pinned together. Then join the two parts where the safety pins are with yet another ladder stitch.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

And you’re done! If you were careful, you have a nicely reversible shrug!

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

By adding the non-stretchy polyester layer, the scarf was no longer stretchy, but it still fits nicely and is comfortable.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

Comfortable enough to jump and play in! This is a great little garment to put on when you’re feeling a little chilly in the house. Or you could even make a cute summer version to cover your shoulders in the evening.

Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a cozy winter shrug

So pop this snug little shrug and a hat on, and you’re ready to roll!


Question of the day: What’s your favorite between-season garment?

We always do a lot of layering in the spring and we’re hardly ever wearing exactly the same thing before school, after school or before bed. I like wearing light cotton cardigans over my top and leggings under skirts and dresses which I can take off when it feels too warm for them.

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6 Responses

  1. Che bella idea trasformare una sciarpa in questo modo!
    La tua piccola non ne avrà certo bisogno, ma a me farebbe comodo per il mal di schiena e alla cervicale… me vecchietta… =)))
    Daniela

  2. Quelle bonne idée, je la garde précieusement ! bravo

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