Free Pattern: 10 Minute DIY Vintage Silk Scarf Tunic

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I have purchased hundreds of vintage silk scarves over the years, I can’t seem to resist a gorgeous piece of silk for a couple of dollars in a charity store. Despite my French ancestry, I have absolutely no idea how to wear a scarf. I end up using them to quickly catch the snot dripping from my 4-year-old’s nose (which by the way, is the definition of unconditional love).

I decided to put my silk scarves to better use by refashioning them into a tunic. This tutorial has been designed for beginners and takes only 10 minutes. Which is handy if, like me, everything takes longer than your attention span.


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The idea for this tunic was conceived from my mildly perverse obsession with ABBA (hello 1975 I am available for immediate kidnapping).


DIY ABBA style tunic

Before Viagra there was Agnetha and Anna-Frid wearing thigh-high boots with tunics. Or Björn and Benny wearing jumpsuits, whatever your preference, hey I’m not here to judge.

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You will need:

  • 2 coordinating square vintage silk scarves approximately 81cm (32″) square
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • matching thread
  • pins
  • sewing machine


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1. Lay your two scarves on top of each other, right sides together. Measure an opening for the neck 30cm (12″) long. Pin the scarves together  at these points.


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2. Join the scarves together at each shoulder with a 5cm (2″) long row of stitches.


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4. Pin your scarves together along the sides. Stitch together, leaving a 31cm (12″) gap for the armholes. Turn your tunic right-side-out and slip it over your head.


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Sometimes Dancing Queen comes on the radio and maybe you dance a little bit in front of the mirror. Don’t fight it.

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