Re-Scarf Rescue: The New Necklace

Re-Scarf Rescue: The New Necklace

I am a hard-core scarf person; once the weather cools down, a long flowy number becomes my best friend and go-to accessory. Long, short, thick, thin, in any number of colors, prints, and fabrics…I have a growing collection.

I snapped this one up while thrifting only to find that it had some minor stainage on one section. But it was still too pretty to pass up.

Vintage scarf to be repurposed with wooden beads into a DIY chunky necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pretty, pretty for a dollar fifty!

I knew I had to repurpose it somehow by salvaging the good parts. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

So, I picked up some plain wood balls/beads to make a chunky necklace. (Note: large plastic beads would be fine as well- and would be less heavy around the neck).

Vintage scarf to be repurposed with wooden beads into a DIY chunky necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The “Beads”…

First things first, I cut out a long strip from the widest point in the middle- avoiding the stainage in one corner!

Vintage scarf to be repurposed with wooden beads into a DIY chunky necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let the transformation begin!

I then folded it in half lengthwise, good sides together, and stitched it into a tube, leaving each end open. I stitched it by hand, but my sewing machine would have done a quicker job.

Vintage scarf to be repurposed with wooden beads into a DIY chunky necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Once a scarf, now a tube.

Once the “tube” was turned right-side-out, I slipped one wood bead into the center of the tube and tied knots on each side, as close to the bead as possible, securing it in place.

Vintage scarf to be repurposed with wooden beads into a DIY chunky necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I like where this is going!

Vintage scarf to be repurposed with wooden beads into a DIY chunky necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The details…

And then I just added more beads on each side, continuing to knot the tube in between.

Vintage scarf to be repurposed with wooden beads into a DIY chunky necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and a chunky necklace began to emerge!

The most tedious part was stitching the tube together- a sewing machine would have made it a breeze! But still a super simple project and a great way to breathe new life into a tattered scarf.

Vintage scarf to be repurposed with wooden beads into a DIY chunky necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Lovely!

Yet another thing to keep an eye out for in the second-hand stores…and for more inspiration, check out my other vintage scarf repurposing projects here.

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Vintage scarf repurposed with wooden beads into a DIY chunky necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. valj2750 says:

    I’m a scarf person, too, Sadie. This is brilliant. Works well with the very gauzy scarf fabric.

  2. Sadie…are all the beads the same size? Thank You.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hi, Joanne! Yes, these are all the same size. I think the only potential issue with different sized beads would be that I sized the “tube” for these large beads…and if I used some smaller ones, the tube might bunch up? But I’d have to try it to be sure. Sounds like a fun experiment, though! 🙂

  3. Thank you I love your site and all your goodies too!!

  4. Okay this such a cool idea!! I have never seen this before! Thanks for sharing!
    I would love if you would come linkup and share on Friday Favorites!
    http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com

  5. So Clever! I love the way it turned out. I am going to head to my scarf stash and see which one might work!

  6. Very neat! Thanks so much for sharing!! I can’t wait to give it a whirl 🙂

  7. Absolutely darling!!! Pinned!!

  8. Beautiful!!Love it!!!

  9. Good Morning Sadie, I have popped over from Treasurer Box Tuesday to say how fabulous your necklace is. At first I thought the beads had been decorated and then of course I realised you had created this lovely necklace by using a scarf….. it is a marvellous idea.
    I am a scarf lover and have quite a few scarfs which I could think of using to make your necklace. Thank you so much for the idea.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      So glad you liked it, Daphne!!! Yes, I’ll probably make a few more of these myself, too. 🙂

  10. Very cute idea, Sarah! Love it!

  11. Great idea to use an old scarf and make it into something new and fabulous. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday.

  12. This is so beautiful! What a great way to recycle a scarf! You did such a good job! We would love it if you would join in on our Awesome Things Tuesday Link Party!
    http://www.kraftingkreations.com/2014/07/awesome-things-tuesday-link-party_29.html

  13. This is really pretty. I have a couple of scarves I should do this to. I don’t have the heart to get rid of them and they would make beautiful necklaces

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Tracy!! Yes, I figured this is a great way to salvage what you can from a beloved scarf. Good luck and let me know how yours turn out!

  14. Stopping by from Creativity Unleashed. This is genius! My daughter LOVES these bubblegum necklaces, but I never thought of making them out of a scarf and wooden balls. Pinning!

  15. I found you on the Creativity Unleashed link party. I’ve been wanting to make one of these necklaces, but I never thought of using a scarf or the wooden balls! The tutorial I saw used marbles, but I think this would be lighter. I’m going to give it a try!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Ooh yes, I would think marbles would be heavy AND potentially dangerous (being the klutz that I am…). Let me know how it turns out!

  16. so so so pretty!!! Featuring today in the Create Link Inspire features on Nap-Time Creations… spreading the word on social media.. thanks for linking! Emily

  17. So pretty! I have a few scarves that I no longer wear that would be the perfect candidates for this:)

  18. This came out so cute.
    Debi

  19. Super cute!! I love the idea of using a scarf!! 🙂

  20. I’m visiting from Redoux Interiors. I love this idea, and plan to try it with an infinify scarf. Thank you for sharing!

  21. Really awesome idea!

  22. I love it! I’m really inspired with your creation.

  23. This is soooo pretty! I would’ve had a hard time cutting up that scarf but I guess with the stain that would’ve helped. I just restarted my Make it Monday Party and would love for you to stop by and share your project. Hope to see there! (There’s even a giveaway)

  24. distresseddonna says:

    I have a whole collection of vintage scarves with a tear here or there. This is a great way to save and enjoy them. Thank you so much for bringing the scarf necklace over to Make It Monday for sharing.

  25. distresseddonna says:

    Congratulations for being a feature tonight at Make It Monday.

  26. You were featured on Etcetorize this week! Stop by and grab a button 🙂

  27. That is so beautiful!! I love the idea — and that scarf 😀 I’ll have to try it especially with some of the scarves that I can never seem to match! Now that we live in Florida I want to still let some of those scarf patters see the light of day – thanks for sharing and linking up 🙂
    ~Andrea

  28. swatkins827 says:

    Great use of vintage scarfs! Thanks for sharing on Friday Favorites. Pinned!!

  29. christieselken says:

    I love this! Thanks for sharing it at Totally Terrific Tuesday this week. I’m pinning! 🙂

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