$5 Friday: Skirt to Scarf

We’re back with another easy $5 {or less} project for you to tackle this weekend! You know how much I love a good deal, right? Well, a few weeks ago I was shopping with girlfriends and we found this gorgeous purple IKAT skirt at the Gap… only $2.97!! It was too big for any of us to wear, but I saw the potential so I snatched it up. {Sorry McKenzie!}

In about 15 minutes, I turned that too-big skirt into a fabulous fall accessory:

Find out how…

I simply cut off the waistband of the skirt {since it was gathered, that let out all the fabric and gave me a nice even piece.} It was already sewn together in a big loop so I just trimmed it a little to make it the width I wanted for my scarf:

Then I just sewed up the raw edge of the fabric, and voila! I have a brand new scarf in one of my favorite colors :)
Do you have any old skirts laying around that you can upcycle this weekend? Or maybe some old sweaters? Check out our DIY boot socks made for under $5 too! Happy Friday!


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  1. Dorothy says

    I am about to attempt something similar, but it’s to recycle a dress that I have worn for years—one of those dresses that people say ‘my, that looks Comfortable’ every single time I wear it, plus, ‘that is a great color for you’. They tend to not mention that a person could be 10 months pregnant, vs. 9, and wear that dress. I love it anyway; must be the pure cotton and texture. It is a sturdy, krinkle-weave stripe, in many shades of green and white. Goes nearly to my ankles, and when I traverse stairs, I have to hitch the skirt up a bit like Cinderella at the ball.

    Because I like to use a clothesline in summer, and because I have owned it quite awhile, the dress is beginning to fade, more so at the back than the front. Yet the flip side of the fabric looks brand-new. There are two patch pockets on the front; one can’t be just neatly taken off with a seam ripper, because I caught the pocket in a stair railing one fine day, creating a small rip. The mending, with a small patch reinforcing that corner from the inside, doesn’t really show.

    What does show is that the fabric on the slender full-length placket (with 13 snaps that I wish I could figure out an elegant recycle thing for) is beginning to fray slightly, primarily in the bodice. This will be the last summer for my favorite at-home and go-to- the-pool casual garment. If not for the damage in that pocket area, I could probably scrounge Two scarves; maybe I will be able to anyway.

    The Fun will be deciding whether to put a ‘twist’ in for that wrap-py Infinity scarf look.

    This won’t be a 15 minute project, but it should be reasonable.


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