DIY Vintage Scarf Back Button Up Shirt

DIY Vintage Scarf Back Button Up Shirt

DSC_6102 DSC_6095Hi guys! Today I am very excited to share one of my favorite recent holiday gift diys with you all! I am going to show you how to upcycle an old button up shirt with a vintage scarf. Upcycling clothing is something I absolutely LOVE to do! A lot of my wardrobe is thrift store items I have altered. This vintage scarf shirt is easy and so fun to whip up! Check it out!

Here’s What You Need:

*Old Button Up Shirt

*Vintage Scarf

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Marking Pen, Scissors, Straight Pins, Ruler


DSC_5235So the first thing you will need to do is measure the length of the back of your shirt from the yoke to the hem. Measure your scarf. If it is longer than the back you will want to cut it. Mine was 8″ longer than my shirt, so I trimmed it down seven inches. If you cut your scarf down, hem the top raw edge where you trimmed it to size. Then stitch a long basting stitch near the top of the hem on the scarf and gather the scarf until the width matches that of your yoke from side to side.

DSC_5236 DSC_5237Now pin the gathered scarf to the top of your shirt lining it up with the yoke seam from corner to corner. Stitch the scarf just below the yoke close to the edge as possible, topstitching.

DSC_5238 DSC_5239Now you need to stitch the sides of the scarf. Measure a line an inch or two over from the sid seam towards the middle of the back on both sides. Line up the ends of the scarf with this line and pin down to the shirt creating a slightly angled line from the yoke to the hem.

DSC_5240 DSC_5241Stitch up one side of the scarf as close to the edge as possible. Then stitch up the other side of the scarf stitching as close to the edge as possible. When you get to the top where the yoke is, pivot and stitch across the top for an inch or two to reinforce the corner seam. Now, flip the shirt inside out and trim off the inside back of the shirt leaving just the scarf and about a half inch or so of seam allowance. Finish seams how you like and then you are done.

DSC_6094 DSC_6101I am so in love with this shirt! I am planning on making some more for family, but I am keeping this one for moi! It is really fun and breezy to wear and I get a lot of compliments on it when I wear it out. I hope you all will give this diy shirt a try for a handmade gift for one of your favorite gals! You’ll love it! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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5 Responses

  1. Sylvia Heacock

    FAB YOU LUSS!!!! How clever!

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  3. Adorable! Wish I could sew!