DIY Infinity Scarf from a Maxi Dress


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Has this happened to you ?  You go to Goodwill and spot the cutest comfy dress.  The pattern and colors catch your eye, the size looks perfect, and so you buy it – already thinking of all the places you’ll wear it.  You rush home, rip the price tag off, and before you even pull the dress over your head you notice a big hole in the back… and also a stain.  NOOOOOOO!   You regret not checking the dress over well before buying it (even though you know better) and now you can’t even return it since you took the tag off.

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What do you do next?   Throw it away?

In my case, I have this infinity scarf that I LOVE.  You wouldn’t even guess where I got it.  (Hobby Lobby!)  I love the multiple loops and the couple of braids thrown in for fun.  I decided to make some lemonade with my lemons and turn this maxi dress into a similar DIY infinity scarf.

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After washing the dress, I cut off the top (under the armholes) and also the bottom above the hem.  Since it was an A-line shape I folded the sides in to make a large rectangle.  I made sure the width was the same all the way across (16 inches) and cut off the excess fabric.

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I also cut the rest of the side seams so that I was left with two large rectangles of fabric.  (The length here was 41 inches.)

Then I cut 6 long strips of fabric approx. 1 inch wide to make my braids and I cut 8 long strips each at 2 inches wide.  I made sure to avoid the areas where the hole and stain were!

To make the braids I pinned the ends together and set something heavy on top.  Then I braided all 41 inches and pinned the other end.  (Make two braids and then set aside.)

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The braids ended up being shorter than the single strands, so I cut the strands 6 inches shorter so they’d all be approx. the same length.  (There are slight differences in length just so the scarf looks more layered.)

For the single strands, I folded the ends into fourths (see below) and inserted one into the other side and then sewed across to make a loop.  Don’t worry about the ends looking perfect, they won’t be visible when you’re all done.

DIY Infinity Scarf from a Maxi Dress - girlinthegarage.net DIY Infinity Scarf from a Maxi Dress - girlinthegarage.netI make 8 loops that way and sewed the ends of the braids into loops also (without folding into fourths), and then it was time to join them all together.

I grabbed all the loops and braids and made sure all the sewn ends were within 2-3 inches of each other.  With an extra strand about 12 inches long, I tightly wrapped the loops together covering all the sewn ends.

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Then I tied the ends into two double knots, pulled them under an area I had just wrapped, and sewed them to one of the loops.  (There’s no way this thing is coming undone.)  Just make sure the knots and stitches aren’t obvious.

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Here’s a side-by-side of my two infinity scarves:

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I love them both but I really love the colors in my new scarf!  I pretty much live in black in the fall and winter (it’s so easy to throw on a black shirt and black boots with a jean skirt) and now I have an easy way to add color to my wardrobe.  🙂

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A maxi skirt could work for this too, as long as you have 35-40 inches to work with.

Do you have any old maxi skirts or dresses that you can repurpose into a scarf?

Jen

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8 Comments on DIY Infinity Scarf from a Maxi Dress

  1. Laura / Pet Scribbles
    August 11, 2014 at 10:38 am (2 years ago)

    What a fantastic idea, Jen! I’ve got a maxi dress that is sadly just a bit too small. I keep hanging onto it because I love it, so this just might be the solution to wearing it again! 😉 Thanks for the how-to!
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    • Jen
      August 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Laura! You’ll have to let me know if you try it. 🙂

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  2. Bonnie
    August 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great idea. I would never have thought to make a scarf out of the dress, and I like to wear scarfs all the time in the fall and winter, Yours turned out BEAUTIFUL. Again, your idea is genius!!!!

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    • Jen
      August 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Bonnie- glad you like it! 🙂

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  3. Crystal
    August 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the scarf!! I’ve seen so many cute dresses, but upon closer inspection they have holes or stains. I love the idea of taking and making into a beautiful scarf. Great idea!!

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    • Jen
      August 17, 2014 at 9:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Crystal – I’m glad I was able to salvage most of the fabric this way! 🙂

      Reply

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