DIY Kelly Wearstler Inspired Scarf

by Alicia on September 29, 2011

I’m so excited to share this DIY project! It’s fast, easy, cheap and I love how it came out.

I was inspired by this shot of the Kelly Wearstler scarf on Late Afternoon. Beautiful, right? It also reminded me of the apple boxes that the models stood on in sbz’s pics of the Chris Benz collection.

I used a piece of cotton voile that I’ve had forever. Scarves come in all different sizes so choose the size that you like best. If you aren’t sure this chart might help. Prewash your fabric (don’t skip this step!)¬†and then lay it out and tape it down around the edges. If you use a piece of cardboard like I did be sure to put a layer of parchment paper or plastic between the fabric and the cardboard or else you may find yourself picking tiny bits of brown paper off of the back of your scarf. Ahem. (This is only a problem with very fine fabrics in my experience.)

Gather your paints. I would up leaving the teal color out and stuck with pink, gold and the orange-y tones I got when I mixed them. Jacquard fabric paints (the gold) work great if you can find them. Otherwise just buy a bottle of fabric medium to use with craft store acrylics – I’ve had great success with this.

Tape out various stripes using making tape and fill them in with paint. Let the paint dry before removing the tape. I did the tape-paint-dry-untape steps three times in the course of making this scarf.

Follow the instructions on the back of the fabric paint or fabric medium and iron both sides to set the paint. I then threw mine in the wash for good measure.

Done!

 

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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma September 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

LOVE this!! So cute and perfect the cooling temps…which need to happen asap :)

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alicia September 29, 2011 at 10:17 am

Thanks! I agree, it needs to cool down already!

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Connie @ Daydream In Color September 29, 2011 at 10:20 am

Love this! You’re soo creative. I’m excited to make these in several colors for the fall!

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Lia September 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

Killer, Alicia! I love this, it’s so easy and it looks so expensive!!
xoxo
Lia

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Lia September 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

Killer, Alicia! I love this, it’s so easy and it looks so expensive!!
xoxo
Lia

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laura September 29, 2011 at 11:09 am

ooo, this scarf is awesome, and so is the new website…love it

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Bri Land September 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

Oh I LOVE this! Nice work, Alicia! Even I could do it. And that’s saying something!

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Mariana September 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

Bookmarked!
Definitely love the style and the colors.
You did a great job. :)

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Brandi September 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Okay, how awesome is THIS!

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grace - stripes & sequins September 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

BRILLIANT!! I love it!!! nice work.

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alicia September 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Thanks for all your kind comments! I’ve been wearing it all day and it’s been a nice pick-me-up from an afternoon full of car repairs :/

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Tina September 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

LOVE.

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Rachel September 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

This turned out really great! Wonderful job replicating the original.

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Molly September 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

Love!

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Jennifer September 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Hi,

What a wonderful scarf idea. Simple, cheap, with a great payout… my favorite kind of project. I’m going to put this on my diy list. Btw this is my first time to your site, I look forward to what’s to come.

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Barbie // Birds of a Lovely Feather September 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I’m totally digging this post and your blog! Can’t wait to give this a try

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Alicia September 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Thanks Barbie :)

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sara October 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm
internodiciotto October 4, 2011 at 3:16 am

this is such a great inspiration! i totally love it!

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alicia October 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Thank you!

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Reecea Henderson May 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I love the scarf. Excellent post!

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Jessica June 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

very simple and beautiful!

I made a scarf too, hope you like it!
nomeeparafracos.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/diy-skull-scarf/

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