How to Easily Turn a Scarf Into Cardigan in Just 2 Simple Steps

4 Materials
20 Minutes

Depending on where you live, the evenings may still be a bit chilly. If you’re looking for something quick and easy to slip on for an extra layer, check out this tutorial. I’ll show you how to convert a simple scarf into a cardigan with sleeves!

There’s nothing to buy and you can make the scarf to cardigan DIY without a sewing machine if you don’t have one. Watch to the end because there’s a bonus - 2 more ways to wear your scarf cardigan.

Tools and materials:

  • Scarf
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Sewing machine (optional)
Finding the sleeve position by measuring wrist to wrist

1. Find a sleeve position for your scarf cardigan

Make sure your scarf is long enough to reach from one wrist, all the way around your back and down to your other wrist.

Wrap your scarf around you so that you have an even amount on both sides.

Pinching the corners together to make the sleeve

Drop one side of the scarf, and on the side you are still holding, pinch the two corners together to create the sleeve shape.

Pinching the sleeve at the elbow

While holding on to that corner, slide your other hand up the scarf and pinch it together just above your elbow.

How to make a cardigan from a scarf

Now you can let go of the wrist corner and use that hand to hold on to the elbow corner while you pin the scarf together just above the elbow.

Pinning the side of the scarf to make sleeves

Measure your scarf from the wrist end to the pin and pin the other side of the scarf at the same point for your second sleeve.

Sewing the sleeves

2. Sew the sleeve into your scarf cardigan

Hand or machine sew your sleeves on the right side of the scarf. Alternatively, if you really don’t want to sew, and you’re fine with a temporary solution, use a glue gun to make the sleeve seams.

Wearing the scarf-cardigan as a scarf

3. Find more ways to wear your scarf to cardigan transformation

Ignore the sleeves and just wear it like a traditional scarf.

Wearing scarf looped at the front

Wear your scarf looped in the front. This is great for winter because it stays nicely tucked into your coat.

Scarf cardigan DIY

Put your arms through the sleeves to wear it as a cardigan!

Scarf to cardigan

Scarf to cardigan tutorial

There you go! 1 scarf, 2 simple seams, and 3 ways to ear it. It couldn’t be much easier than that.

Leave me a comment and let me know what the weather is like in your part of the world. And while you’re here, give me some suggestions on what we should name this scarf to cardigan DIY.

Suggested materials:
  • Scarf
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing needle and thread
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