From Scarf to Shawl with 1-2 Yards of Fabric

diy scarf to shawl

What I’m Wearing
* black cotton tank top
* Rich & Skinny Easy Money Lira jeans/legging . . . I think I got these on HauteLook.
* Vintage rosary beads and chains + bangles & leather lanyard bracelet
* Cynthia Rowley “Constance” bag
* Burberry espadrilles

A simple outfit really . . . punched up with the scarf/shawl. Using a few yards of your fabric of choice is a simple and budget friendly way to create a great scarf collection. I leave the ends raw but you may choose to hem them if you like.

* Or easily create a little shawl with a 70’s vibe. Inspiration: Winter Kate Condor Cardigan

Use 1 yard for a shorter shawl and 2 yards for a longer one. You can always start with 2 then cut away if you don’t like it. The lighter/sheer/chiffon fabrics are better and will stay on your shoulders without slipping. Heavier fabric will tend to want to slip off, especially if you go with the 2 yards.

A crocheted lace would be fantastic for this really . . . very boho/hippie.

DIY shawl 1 DIY shawl 2-2

Lay your fabric over your shoulders, giving yourself a little extra around the neck …find the center by making sure your ends meet.

DIY shawl 3 DIY shawl 4

Beginning just below your shoulder, mark one side of your fabric. Lay your fabric on the floor and cut a slit about 12″ long {shorter if you like} following your mark.

DIY shawl 5 DIY shawl 6

Fold your fabric in half, inside out, and using your first slice as a pattern, cut the other side of the fabric the same length. I leave the edges raw, but you may choose to hem them.

* You may also Follow My Faux Fur Asymmetrical Vest DIY pattern for a Summer version *


diy sheer shawl

shawl diy+jeans+burberry shoes

DIY long shawl

Burberry Espadrilles + French Bulldog

LeRoy always my little DIY assistant 😉



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Marina :)

    May 3, 2011 |

    Lovi it. I will try it 🙂

  • Full Figured Diva

    May 3, 2011 |

    Love the fabric! Great DIY project! I definitely will give it a try:)

  • Timbo

    May 3, 2011 |

    Great idea!!! And you can wear it also with belt! Love it!

    xoxo, Timbo

  • *amanda*

    May 3, 2011 |

    This shawl is amazing.
    I imagine it must feel as nice and it looks.

  • AlbeeLucky

    May 3, 2011 |

    Very pretty fabric. I think the length is perfect. It’s such a great way to punch up this outfit.I’m in love with the last photo. Your little LeRoy has nothing but love and adoration on his cute face.

  • Carly

    May 3, 2011 |

    LOVE this idea…what a great printed piece of Missoni like.
    Love this…you make the DIY seem so easy..I would totally find a way to screw this up.

  • kerilynn

    May 3, 2011 |

    another amazing DIY— can’t wait to make one:) thank you!!!

  • Lili

    May 3, 2011 |

    I have to admit I went a little O_O when I saw you going with scissors at that pretty scarf.

  • Steffen

    May 3, 2011 |

    Beautiful shawl!

  • Behind the Lashes

    May 3, 2011 |

    Looks soooo easy, thank you! I love the colors in the fabric you chose.

  • Evelyn

    May 3, 2011 |

    wow such an easy DIY, thanks!

  • Chicago Mom (Heather)

    May 3, 2011 |

    I love this!! You’re a genius! You look so pretty in these pics. Just love this look on you.

  • Looms, Lids, and layers

    May 3, 2011 |

    Easiest DIY ever! i may try that this week! Love!!

  • Norma

    May 3, 2011 |

    Good ideas, Maegan!! Loving those wedges as well!

  • CessOviedo

    May 3, 2011 |

    1-2 yards of pure style! I recently made a similar Kimono it’s amazing how a piece of fabric and two cuts can create an awesome garment, you always have the best DIYs!

    Cess O. <3
    The Outfit Diaries

  • Marisa

    May 3, 2011 |

    Love it! I would never think of something like that but it’s perfect for summer 🙂

  • TK Kerouac

    May 3, 2011 |

    that last shot needs to go to cute overload
    true love at your feet!

  • CharisaB

    May 3, 2011 |

    I made a version of this awhile back… It’s perfect for springtime.

  • God's Favorite Shoes!

    May 3, 2011 |

    Finally a DIY that I can do! YAY!!!

  • Craftmaker

    May 3, 2011 |

    LOVE IT! So easy and a great way to punch up an outfit. Great fabric too!

  • nancy @ {COZAMIA}

    May 3, 2011 |

    Oh i luv it, even I can do this! Thanks for sharing, it looks awesome on you 🙂

  • La Petite Olga

    May 3, 2011 |


    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Inez of Style Chic....360

    May 3, 2011 |

    You are so doggone creative!

    I love that fabric btw.

  • StS

    May 3, 2011 |

    Great idea, amazingly easy too. Love the way the fabric hangs. I will definitely have to try this one

    tried this with hamburger instead of chuck roast and I also added some red pepper to make it a bit spicier but overall loved the recipe.

  • drollgirl

    May 3, 2011 |

    dude! i love it!!!!!!!!!

    and your assistant is AWESOME!!!

  • Bunni

    May 4, 2011 |

    Super cute! I’m definitely going to try this. This is great way to get some of my scarves back in rotation. T4P!

  • Lauren

    May 4, 2011 |

    I love this idea!! I must give it a try 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  • laniza

    May 5, 2011 |

    What an ingenious idea! Very cute!

  • 小丽

    May 5, 2011 |

    People usually prefer handbags outlet, especially when they visit some coach handbags outlet.

  • fshnonmymind

    May 5, 2011 |

    I am in love with that last pic!! How utterly adorable is Leroy helping you out.

    I just purchased a Winter Kate kimono cardi and it’s really cute. However, I might not purchase another since you posted this ridiculously easy diy. I will definitely be heading to the fabric store to make myself this amazing shawl. I can’t wait to pick out some pretty fabric.

  • Charles

    May 5, 2011 |

    so cute! what a great idea 🙂

  • Katie

    May 6, 2011 |

    This transformation is very good! Very smart 🙂

  • Naddy

    May 8, 2011 |

    Filing this one under “summer 2011 uniforms” — totally the kind of easy, breezy look I like! I also really like the fabric you used, very bohemian. And that purse is definitely my fav from your collection. JEALOUS.

  • keeley

    May 8, 2011 |

    Just tried this! I LOVE IT.

  • Poppy

    May 17, 2011 |

    I love the outfit, I love the DIY, I will definitely try that!

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