What a quick and easy project to make for yourself or a gift?
Pashmina scarves come in so many pretty colors and are so soft, you just want to wrap yourself up in them (A pashmina is a long rectangular scarf/shawl with fringe on both short ends and is typically 27″ x 72″).
A friend of mine shared with me an easy way to turn one of these lovely scarves into a jacket that is great for an evening out or just to compliment your outfit.
At a recent event I whipped one up in a jiffy and it turned out so cute that there were so many requests for the instructions that I just had to get it posted right away.
Are you ready? You are only two seams away from a finished project!
Here are the instructions for this neat project that is oh so quick to make.
- Along one of the long edges, measure in 9″ from each corner (this will be your sleeve opening).
- Along the same edge, measure 2.5″ on either side of center (this will be your neck opening).
Once you have your pashmina marked, you are ready to sew your jacket.
- Bring one fringed edge up to the marked edge, matching the top corner with the sleeve mark that you made. This will create about a 45° fold line.
- Align this short edge with the marked long edge, letting the fringe hang off of the edge.
- Stitch both layers together, close to the edge (approximately 1/4″ seam allowance). If you do not wish to have any fringe, consider using your serger.
- Use a matching thread in the needle and in the bobbin.
- Stop sewing when you reach the closest neck marking. The remainder of the short edge (which is loose and unstitched) will become a collar.
- Repeat with the other side
- You are finished!!
Feeling frisky? Wear your jacket so that you have the fringe on the outside.
When you want your jacket to be more subtle, turn it inside out so that the fringe will be inside the jacket
Can’t decide if you want a jacket or a scarf? How about sewing a series of button holes along the stitching area of the long edge. Add some little buttons along the fringe edge and then you can button it up into a jacket or unbutton it for a scarf or shawl.
Want it to be even better? Add some machine embroidery to make it a truly one of a kind piece.
Have a great time making your jacket!
Make sure to check back and see my video blog on Embroidering on a Pashmina.