Design Fixation: Pashmina Refashion Tutorial /// Easy DIY 6-Way Convertible Scarf

11/20/14

Pashmina Refashion Tutorial /// Easy DIY 6-Way Convertible Scarf

Pashmina Refashion Tutorial : Easy DIY 6-Way Convertible Scarf

The other day I went to brunch in Boston's lovely South End to celebrate my friend Megan's birthday, and she was wearing the most gorgeous cashmere cape. She told me it could be converted into a couple of different styles, and it got me thinking... I have about a million pashmina scarves that I rarely wear... I wonder if I could refashion one such that it could be worn in a variety of different ways? The answer is yes. 6 ways, in fact. 

And it literally takes 5 minutes to refashion the pashmina. Click "read more" to see the incredibly easy tutorial and to find out how to recreate each look. 


Here are the super easy instructions:
Pashmina Refashion Tutorial : Easy DIY 6-Way Convertible Scarf
 1. Trim the fringe off both ends of the pashmina.

Pashmina Refashion Tutorial : Easy DIY 6-Way Convertible Scarf
2. Fold the pashmina in half with right sides together.

Pashmina Refashion Tutorial : Easy DIY 6-Way Convertible Scarf
3. Measure 14" down from the fold and begin sewing from that point down to the bottom.


Pashmina Refashion Tutorial : Easy DIY 6-Way Convertible Scarf
4. Open it so the wrong side is facing up. Fold the raw edge on the right toward you, and then fold it over again. Sew all the way down that edge. And you're finished! Now you have a brand new convertible scarf! Next, check out the six different styles:

Pashmina Refashion Tutorial : Easy DIY 6-Way Convertible Scarf

1. Asymmetrical Cape /// Put your head through the hole and place the seam along one shoulder. Pull the area by your neck down so it droops a bit. Head over here to see videos of me demonstrating this and the other five styles.

2. Scarf /// Put one hand through the hole and hold the ends with the other. Put it around your neck and pull the ends through the hole. 

3. Traditional Cape /// Pull it over your head with the seam situated in the front, creating a v-neck.

Pashmina Refashion Tutorial : Easy DIY 6-Way Convertible Scarf

4. Giant Cowl /// This is a high-low look; place the seam in the back, and the rest of the fabric in the front. Pull the fabric down to create the cowl shape.

5. Open Back Top /// The seam runs down the front on this one, and all the fabric is pulled around to the front. Hold the bottom corners and pull them tight around your waist, knotting or pinning in the back. You may need to put a safety pin on the inside of the bust area so as not to reveal too much!

6. Shawl /// Begin with the seam on the front, and put your head through the hole. Pull the ends to the front, up through the v-neck and around to the front.

So, what do you think? Easy and super fun, right? I've been wearing mine nonstop. It's great for this chilly fall weather we've been having up here in Boston. And be sure to check out the how-to videos - six short clips that demonstrate how to recreate each style!




14 comments:

  1. I have tons of pashminas in many colors! I usually wear them as no2 version! but sewing them up and make such a versatile piece of clothing is a good idea!
    Anna

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    1. Thanks Anna! Yeah that's the nice thing... you can still style it like a regular pashmina, or you can get a little bit creative :)

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  2. I am new to sewing and not understanding Step 4, could someone help as this sounds like a great idea!

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    1. She means to hem it twice to encase the raw edge.

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  3. How big is the scarf you start out with ? I was thinking of trying out with other type of scarfs :-)

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  4. What dimensions do you use if you aren't starting with a pashmina scarf?

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    1. you would need to measure elbow to elbow across your back .... or wrist to wrist across your back, depends on how big you want it to be

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  5. When my late sister got married she turned her pashmina into a shrug and it looked gorgeous. Tons of people asked where she bought it.
    So in tribute to her Caitlyn's Pashmina Shrug:
    Put pashmina across shoulders like a shawl. pin under armpit allowing ease of movement.
    Take off and secure back and front with half dozen small stitches, 3 stitches ---
    then repeat over top of these, secure & cut thread. Copy on other side.
    Enjoy wearing it :~)
    Note: Don't do this then turn right side out it doesn't work, must sew on side facing world, but you
    can't see when it's on.

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  6. can you please show it in a picture? @lucy wayne...

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  7. would love actual dimensions for img#1 in your instructions. length & width.

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    1. Hi @mambug - sorry for the delay, I moved and couldn't locate the pashmina! But I just found it... it was originally 66x29 inches.

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  8. Love the creativity, the re-use potential, and the source of your inspiration. Wonderful way to "make do"!

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    1. Thanks Rochelle, I appreciate your kind words!!

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  9. I've linked and added my own photos. http://deweystreehouse.blogspot.ca/2016/04/a-nice-day-for-thrifting.html If you tie the large corners together, you can wear it as a double cowl scarf--you have the one sewn loop, and then another by knotting the corners, so you hold the two loops together and put them over your head.

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