DIY in 5: Chiffon Bow Blouse

Yesterday I coveted it, so today I’m going to show you how to make it. It’s DIY in 5minutes, that is. The easiest, quickest ways to take a piece from blah to fab and update it to current trends.

Also called the pussy-bow blouse on the other side of the pond, a chiffon bow at the collar of any blouse elevates it from everyday into elegant.  But when you’re shopping on a budget (read: buying cheap), often the blouses that are affordable tend to lack such special details.  I thrifted this lovely wide-collar chiffon blouse, but felt it needed an extra something to give it more style.

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DIY in 5: Fabric Leopard Scarf

 Fold a piece of fabric over and stitch around the edges to make a long rectangular scarf.

Earlier this month I posted some ideas how to style it, today I’m going to DIY it.  It’s DIY in 5minutes, that is.  The easiest, quickest ways to take a piece from blah to fab and update it to current trends.

Animal-prints are still BIG for Fall… and if you’re not ready to go full-on animal, you can try just adding a pop of print to your outfit.  I’ve chosen to craft a scarf – made out of fabric in just the print I chose – in order to dabble in this trend.

How To Make a Quick Fabric Scarf

You Need:
24″ (2/3 of a yard) of 60″ wide printed fabric

*sewing machine
*needle matching fabric type
*thread matching fabric
*fabric scissors
*measuring tape

Cut:
The fabric in half lengthwise so you have TWO pieces that are 12″ wide by 60″ long.

Sew:
The short ends of the two long pieces together.  Cut the entire fabric piece so it is either 72″ or 80″, depending on how long you want it.

Fold:
The scarf in half along the super-long end, right sides together.

Sew:
All around the edges, leaving the last 2″ or so unsewn.

Turn:
The fabric right-side out.

Stitch:
Along the unsewn area.

Iron:
(optional) The scarf flat to set the seams.

And voila!  A new, on-trend scarf in just the print you wanted!  (And yes, this really does take only a few minutes [though it may be closer to 10-15]…and it’s very, very easy!)

You don’t have to do leopard, of course – though I’ve made a version with leopard-printed velour and one with striped jersey.

(Sometimes I even wear them together when I’m feeling frisky!;-)

Make sure the fabric you choose is “puffy” or has some tactile sense to it; otherwise, it will stretch flat like a long, skinny scarf (which is also a great possibility!)  You can try making your scarf wider thank mine by cutting your fabric at 18″ wide (thus, folded over, it will be 9″ wide).  You can even try with faux fur (though cut your fur from the back using a craft knife and NOT a pair of scissors!)  Some fabulous options for your fabric:


Check out these picks and more at Fabric.com

Hope you have fun making your own easy printed scarf!
xoxox
Carly
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