1. This is the perfect DIY if you are hemming a long dress with a soft, thicker fabric and wider skirt. First, measure and mark where you will cut your dress. If you are interested to see what the new shortened dress turned out like, you can see it here (it is heading off to a lovely lady in Hong Kong today)! After you cut you dress, you will be left with the bottom piece of fabric, which is what you will be using to make your scarf! I did not have to cut mine at all as it was a good size already when I wrapped it around my neck twice.
2. After you have the piece bottom fabric cut and ready, you should lay it flat and fold over the rough cut edge twice. My fold was about 3/4 inch. Keep the fold in place with pins. I also removed the two buttons that were left over from the end of the dress.
3. Now you are ready to sew! Sew the bottom edge of the fold, as pictured, using a simple straight stitch. Pull out the pins as you get to them. When you get to the end, make sure to turn the corner and sew the edge down too.
4. Next, you will connect the two ends so your fabric forms a circle. Align the two ends and pin them in place. Proceed to sew the two ends together. I tried to follow the seem that was already on the fabric for aesthetic reasons.
5. Now you have your circle scarf! You can easily stop here, but I wanted to add buttons to mine because I thought that would add a cute touch at the back of the neck. Plus, I liked that it paid homage to the fact that it used to be a plaid button up! I used a white sewing pencil to mark where I want my 5 buttons to be placed in a row along the edge where I had just sewn the two ends together. I used a needle and thread to sew my buttons into place.
6. Once your done, wrap it twice around your neck for the perfect cozy fit. Ta-da, now you have a new fall/ winter scarf, perfect for latte sipping and pumpkin picking!