DIY Summer Shrug

June 7, 2013 by DIY, Fashion, Featured Scarves, Guest Blogger

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From halter tops to galaxy scarves, the SDN gals can’t get enough of crafty, creative, and innovative ways to use (and reuse) our favorite accessory. That’s why we’re beyond thrilled to bring you our latest series: The Scarves Dot Net DIY Challenge.

Today we’re excited to bring you the summer shrug from Aunt Peaches. This lightweight, scarf-made accessory is the perfect companion for summer weddings and brunch with the girls.

diy shrug for summer

Versatility. The best thing about scarves is their versatility. Around the neck, on the head, over the jacket … and everywhere in-between! And oversized shawl scarves like this are especially versatile when it comes to finding new ways to wear your favorite scarf. These lightweight crinkled ones are fabulous for summer; they are virtually weightless, never show wrinkles, and come in a variety of vibrant patterns. What’s not to love?

Oversized scarves are especially handy in the summer for some gals, like me, who love wearing sundresses but don’t want to show off that much skin. Bare arms are great for outdoors, but don’t always fly at work or more formal environments. Sure, you could throw on a cardigan, but who wants to cover up with sweater when it’s hot outside? No thank you! I want something light and airy, something gorgeous and chic. I want something that can be worn to work in an office with slacks and heels, or on the beach with a hat and sunglasses. Enter the summer shrug!

Just a few whip stitches turn this scarf from a simple shawl into a statement shrug. BAM.

Let’s get started.

summer scarf shrug

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Needle
  • Thread
  • An oversized lightweight scarf (like this one) roughly the same length as your wingspan. Hint: Your wingspan is also the same as your height. Anything within 12” or so will be just fine; this need not be exact.

diy shrug instructions

Step 1: Laying the scarf right-side-up, take one end and fold it over lengthwise, touching corner to corner.

Step 2: Using your needle and thread, start at the outside corners and stitch up the side, stopping short of the last 6”. Congratulations, you just made an arm hole!

Step 3: Repeat on the other side.

scarf shawl sleeve

You do not need to be an expert seamstress. A simple whip stitch will do the trick. Plus, using a scarf with a natural texture will hide sloppy stitches.

scarf shrug sewing

Hate needles and thread? Use a thin line of fabric glue or fusible webbing. It will be stiff, but it will work, too!

finished scarf shrug for summer

That’s it — you are a ready to go. Enjoy your new summer shrug!

Thanks to Aunt Peaches for this crafty shrug!

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  • Reply Emily A June 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I made one last night using a scarf I already own. It’s much smaller so it looks more like a bolero but it’s great! I’m ordering the black and white stripe scarf to make a big glamorous one like this! I might even make one for my mom and she might even wear it! For once! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

    • Reply admin June 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      That is so awesome Emily! We are so happy Aunt Peaches’ tutorial helped you create a scarf masterpiece :) Enjoy the B&W stripe scarf (one of our faves), and send us pics on our Facebook page of your creations (if you’d like)!

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