Guest Post: How to Make a Vest from a Scarf + Giveaway!

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Stacie, whom some of you may already know from her blog Stars for Streetlights, which I’ve featured a few times in my DIY Roundups.  Or you may have seen how amazingly talented she is by seeing that jaw-dropping DIY Fendi Rose Dress she made awhile ago, or DIY Jeffrey Campbell Tick Studded Espadrilles.  She’s a crafty one, alright!;-)  We’ve been following each other’s blogs for some time now, and when she contacted me about a possible guest post I was so excited!  Take it away, Stacie!

Hi everyone! My name is Stacie and I am a new writer over at Affordable Style and I am so happy that Carly has let me guest post on her blog today. I have followed Carly’s blog for over two years now, (it was actually one of the first blogs I found in the beginning stages of my blog obsession). Carly’s blog is always packed full of great ideas and DIYs that make me want to leave my computer and get craftin’.

A little about me: I just graduated from college in Indiana and started working at Affordable Style—this is my first big guest post. I’ve always loved blogging and finding inspiration in little nooks and crannies around the blogspot and internet world. Part of my job at Affordable Style is to write for Affordable Scarves. It’s really fun, I get to write about anything from alternate scarf uses to 37 Ways to tie a Scarf. A pretty great gig for someone who loves DIY projects and tutorials as much as I do.

Today I am going to show you a really, really easy tutorial on how to make a flowy vest from a scarf.  Originally I saw this tutorial on Studs & Pearls (she’s another great DIY fashion guru).  You can use any scarf you want from pashminas, shawls, or even square scarves.  (Thrift stores are a great place to find scarves if you do not have a specific look in mind.)

DIY: How to Make a Vest from a Scarf


What you need:
-1 scarf (I used this pashmina because of its autumnal colors.)
-Sewing needle or sewing machine

Step 1:
First you need to lay your scarf out on a large surface and find the middle. This will be the back of your vest.

Step 2:
Next, you need to make the cuts in your scarf for your arms. It does not have to be perfectly exact, but I measured 4-5” down from the top and made 12” angled slits that look like the lines in the photo.

Step 3:
After you have made your cuts, it is time to pin back the slits towards what will be the inside of your vest. Make sure the rough edges are being pinned onto the side that you don’t want to show off. You don’t necessarily have to sew the slits down, but I think it looks a lot nicer and it will make sure your scarf does not tear more or unravel.

Step 4:
Here is what my scarf looked like after I sewed the edges back. I have a machine that can do little funky designs, but you can do a simple zigzag stitch on most machines and it will look pretty nifty as well. (My sewing machine was the best graduation gift from the best mom ever. :))

One thing I love about the scarf vest is the little collar that the scarf creates if you leave a few inches at the top. Plus, if you want to wear your vest as a scarf again, the scarf drapes and folds so that it is hard to see the cuts!

Another shot.


Now we have a great opportunity for a Chic Steals reader!

If you want to win this scarf, just visit Affordable Scarves, pick out your favorite scarf, and comment below! You can get an additional entry by tweeting about the giveaway, and if you blog about it, we’ll give you two extra entries! Just leave those links in the comments below as well.

Thank you so much to Carly for having me, and good luck to everyone with their scarf DIY’s! Have fun makin’ stuff. :)


Thanks so much to Stacie for this great tutorial!


So if you’d like to win this pretty Fall-inspired scarf-turned vest…

1. Leave a comment below with your favorite scarf from Affordable Scarves.

2. Tweet this giveaway and leave the link to your tweet IN A SEPARATE COMMENT.

3. Re-blog this giveaway and leave the link to your blog entry IN A SEPARATE COMMENT.

Total: 3 entries per person allowed.

All extra entries (Tweets and re-blogs) MUST be left in separate comments or they WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

Entry period ends Sunday, September 25, at 11:59 P.S.T.

Good luck!



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FTC Disclosure: I have not received any compensation for this post, except for a vest handmade by the guest poster which has been offered for giveaway to one of my readers.  Read my full Disclosure Policy here.

44 Comments on Guest Post: How to Make a Vest from a Scarf + Giveaway!

  1. Denae Potterf
    9.17.2011 at 9:20 pm (4 years ago)

    My favorite affordable scarf is the Loretta color block pashmina, and I love the idea of re-purposing my under used scarves into cute vests!

  2. Savannah Fowler
    9.17.2011 at 9:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the Giraffe Print Pashmina!

  3. Savannah Fowler
    9.17.2011 at 9:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Tweeted Love the Giraffe Print Pashmina from Affordable Scarves. #How to Make a Vest from a Scarf + Giveaway!

  4. Margaret Winters
    9.17.2011 at 10:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I loved your tutorial about making the vest out of a scarf — very clever!
    The scarf that I would like to win is the berry colored (pink) pashmina — a perfect color for my mom, this would be beautiful on her!
    Thank you,

  5. Niki
    9.18.2011 at 12:43 am (4 years ago)

    love the Shannon Polka Dot Scarf. thanks !

  6. Katarina
    9.18.2011 at 6:48 am (4 years ago)

    I like the ombre silk scarf best. Smart idea!
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  7. teresa
    9.18.2011 at 6:56 am (4 years ago)

    i love the idea-especially that you have sewn the edges of the openings! I will do this!
    great site–love the scraves–especially the teresa loepard print–i wonder why….? 😀

  8. Dinah
    9.18.2011 at 9:36 am (4 years ago)

    Nice tutorial!! I’ve seen similar ones with silk scarves but I think this heavier material makes it look even better :) I like the Floral Print Pashmina in red! :)

  9. Sarah
    9.18.2011 at 9:49 am (4 years ago)

    I love the Katherine Striped Pashmina! This DIY was great, I hope I win this giveaway!

  10. Emma
    9.18.2011 at 2:25 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m loving the purple pashmina, and the giraffe print scarf!
    Emma recently posted..Where I am today

  11. Catherine
    9.18.2011 at 2:39 pm (4 years ago)

    My favourite has got to be the Sienna Tie-Dye Infinity Scarf in Turquoise Blue and Pink such a great colour combination. It reminds me of a galaxy print.
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  12. Laura
    9.18.2011 at 3:25 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the red Amanda Circle Scarf!

  13. Elizabeth
    9.19.2011 at 5:57 am (4 years ago)

    I love the Alexis Paisley Pashmina!

    This is awesome, Stacie!!!!

  14. Lauren
    9.19.2011 at 6:55 am (4 years ago)

    I love all the infinity scarves. And if I dont win the giveaway-I think Ill have to try and make this vest!

  15. Veronica
    9.19.2011 at 8:38 am (4 years ago)

    I love love love the Devin Leopard Scarf.

  16. Veronica
    9.19.2011 at 8:57 am (4 years ago)

    I tweeted the giveaway. (Twitter name: ChicRoni) =)

  17. Amanda
    9.19.2011 at 9:35 am (4 years ago)

    Stace you are wonderful.

  18. Katy
    9.19.2011 at 5:14 pm (4 years ago)

    She is just so darn creative, I love it!
    After spending a joyous eternity looking through all the scarves, I think the Katherine Striped Pashmina is my favorite.

  19. flavia
    9.23.2011 at 8:31 am (4 years ago)

    What a great way to reuse your old things.Very creative.

  20. Sarah
    9.24.2011 at 5:49 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the Rainbow Infinity scarf, it’s pretty rad and reminds me so much of my older sister and how much she would love it too!Especially the scarf in blue/green/orange/purple :3

  21. Gianna Patton
    9.24.2011 at 6:21 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the Loretta Colorblock pashmina! :)

  22. Muireann
    9.24.2011 at 7:16 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the Infinity Rainbow Scarf, I just can’t decide which colour combination is my favourite! Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. christa
    9.24.2011 at 7:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Loretta Colorblock Pashmina

  24. Sara Cameron
    9.24.2011 at 7:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Great selection of scarves and terrific tutorial, thanks!

    I love the Katherine striped scarf, among many others.


  25. Anita
    9.24.2011 at 8:01 pm (4 years ago)

    i love the angela floral pashmina! it looks really pretty and so cozy :)

  26. Anita
    9.24.2011 at 8:03 pm (4 years ago)

    i really love the anglea floral pashmina! so pretty!

  27. Susanna
    9.24.2011 at 8:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I forgot to mention which scarf was my favorite… I suppose this comment would be my actual entry not the other one! My favorite is Daphne Plaid Scarf.

  28. Turophile
    9.24.2011 at 11:10 pm (4 years ago)

    love the loretta pashmina in the fall colors.

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