Upcycling Vintage Scarf Into Chic Blouse DIY

Upcycling is a great way to reduce the amount of stuff that goes to landfills and incinerators every single day. It’s also an amazing way to let your creativity have some practical implementation, while saving you money and provide some screen-free activity. And who doesn’t need that nowadays?

This project is very simple, perfect if you’re a beginner. Takes 1.5-3 hours, depending on your sewing skills and experience.


Thrift stores always offer a wide variety of vintage scarfs. Some 50-80 years back, most scarfs were made of pure silk. I’m using one of my vintage 44 inch x 44 inch scarfs. If your scarf is smaller you can use two scarfs, in coordinating colors. You can also use a scarf with a pattern for the front detail of your blouse, and a solid colored scarf for the blouse’s back. You can use any fabric you might have laying around as well as an old midi/maxi skirt.


If you’re using a scarf you won’t have to hem the blouse’s bottom!


You’ll need

  • scarf or fabric 42 inch x 42 inch for small size, 44 inch x 44 inch for medium size, 47 inch x 47 inch for large size
  • threads
  • scissors
  • measurement tape
  • sewing machine (optional)
  • needle if hand sewing
  • 30 – 40 inch long bias tape or some additional fabric to make a bias tape



The only difference for the back det. is neck hole depth.

Cutting scarf/fabric. You’ll have 1 folded front part and 1 folded back part.

Now sew shoulders together and then side seems. I like French seem a lot for thin light fabric: It looks beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside, while preventing fabric from fraying.

If you’re using scarf(s) you don’t need to hem the bottom of the blouse, as we’re making use of the scarf’s original hem. If you’re using fabric, hem the bottom of the blouse.

Almost there! Now it’s time to apply bias tape for the neck opening.

Press the seems and enjoy your new chic summer wardrobe upgrade!


Share with your friend who has lots of scarfs!


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  1. Maggie Lauser says

    I am having no luck printing pattern for the scarf. Where else is it published. pls help it looks lovely.

    1. Jennifer Santiago says

      Hi Maggie, I’m so glad you like it!

      This is not a printable pattern, I’m afraid. Our thought here was to create a simple pattern and provide calculations so anyone who likes the blouse could draw their customized pattern straight on their fabric. Thus one can skip the paper pattern step and finish the project in merely two hours or so.

      Because this pattern was custom created by one of our staff members, the pattern is not published anywhere else.

      It’s really simple pattern though and only minimal calculations are needed. If you’d like to give this project a try, I’d really like to encourage you to just draw the pattern straight on one of your old scarfs.

      If you do, please share with us your finished project!
      We also do monthly giveaways and every reader who finishes any of our projects automatically receives an entry, once he or she shares a photo of his/her finished project.

      Hope this was helpful.

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