How to Quickly & Easily Turn a Scarf Into a Dress

Jessica Shaw
by Jessica Shaw
7 Materials
1 Hour

If you have a ton of scarves in your wardrobe, then you also have a ton of dresses! Follow along to learn how to turn a scarf into a dress with this tutorial. It’s very easy, with just one cut and a bit of sewing. So, if you’re ready to try it, let’s begin.

Tools and materials:

  • Large scarf
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Dress form
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Elastic strips
Checking the length of the scarf

1. Check your scarf size

Fold your scarf in half widthwise and check that your folded scarf is the length you need for a dress.

Checking the width of the scarf

Also make sure that the width of the scarf is wide enough to reach from side to side at your waist and hips. The scarf should be wider than the widest part of your body.

Cutting the scarf on the fold

2. Cut your scarf

Lay your folded scarf flat and cut it into two pieces by cutting on the fold.

Hemming the top with a fold

3. Hem the top of the dress

Fold and pin down the top edges of both pieces of your dress at least 2 inches. 

Sewing the hem

Sew that top hem along the folded edge.

Fashioning a cowl neckline on a dress form

4. Fashion the cowl neckline

Drape the front of your dress on a dress form, with the wrong side of your dress facing out. Pin the dress to the dress form at the shoulders.

Adjusting the sizing of the sides

5. Adjust the sizing

If your fabric is a bit too wide, cut some off one side of the front and back pieces evenly.

Pinning and sewing the side seams

6. Pin and sew the side seams

After you have adjusted the width, pin the front piece back on the form and pin the back piece onto the form, matching up the shoulders and keeping the right side facing out.

Leaving an armhole unpinned

Pin the sides of the dress together, leaving an appropriate armhole unpinned.

How to make a scarf into a dress

Now sew up those side seams close to the edge.

If your scarf has edges that are prone to fraying, you will also need to finish the armhole edges.

Cutting wide elastic strips for the straps

7. Attach straps to your scarf dress

Use wide elastic strips cut to length.

DIY scarf into dress tutorial

Fold the shoulder edges under and pin them to each end of the elastic. Repeat for the other shoulder.

How to turn a scarf into a dress

Topstitch the straps in place.

Turn a scarf into a dress

Turn a scarf into a dress tutorial

It’s all done, and you can accessorize your scarf dress with a matching or coordinating belt. If you don’t have scarves that you want to use for this upcycle, pick some up at the thrift store.

I hope you try turning a scarf into a dress, and then let me know how it turned out by leaving a comment.

Suggested materials:
  • Large scarf
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
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