How to Make a Cute Tunic Out of an Old Bedsheet & a Scarf

8 Materials
1 Hour

What do you do when that bed sheet has seen better days? Grab a scarf and turn it into a tunic! In this quick tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a tunic from an old bedsheet! Talk about a nifty upcycle, right? I’m sure you are really curious to see this DIY dress from a bedsheet transformation, so let’s get to it.

Tools and materials:

  • Scarf
  • Bedsheet
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Oversized sweater or top
Removing the elastic

1. Remove the elastic

If your bedsheet has elastic, then go ahead and take it off. Depending on if your bedsheet is made along the grain of the fabric, you may be able to simply rip the elastic off. This will make things much easier. If not, scissors will do. 

Cutting the bedsheet to size

2. Cut the bedsheet

Next, lay your scarf on your piece of fabric. Make sure you have a big flat surface (like a floor). 

DIY dress from a bedsheet

Then, chop your fabric to the size of your scarf. 

Placing a t-shirt on the scarf

3. Make markings

Grab an oversized t-shirt and center it on top of the scarf. 

Marking the sides of the neckline

With pins, mark the sides of the neckline. Mark it right at the edge of the t-shirt neckline. Because the t-shirt is stretchy and the scarf isn’t, be a little more generous with the neckline. 

Marking the underarm with pins

Moving on, mark the underarm seam of the t-shirt onto the scarf and fabric. If you want your top to fit looser, like a tunic, then be more generous when marking this area.

If you’d like your top to be more fitted, simply mark closer to the edge of the t-shirt and when you’re stitching, then follow that line for a more fitted look. 

How to sew a tunic dress

4. Sew the tunic dress

First, stitch the top part and sew from one of the neckline pins to the edge. 

How to turn a bedsheet into a dress

Once you have the top seams done, all you have to do is stitch down from the underarm seams on both sides. 

DIY tunic dress tutorial

Trim off any excess fabric. Then, flip everything right sides out!

How to make a tunic top

How to make a tunic tutorial

Look at that! I’m definitely ready for the summer sunshine to come as this makes a great swimsuit cover-up. Or, if you want just to knot the side, you can wear it with a groovy pair of casual pants.

Either way, this DIY tunic dress tutorial turned out pretty rad! I hope you give this a go; it’s so straightforward and quick to make.

Suggested materials:
  • Scarf
  • Bedsheet
  • Pins
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