Summer DIY: Nautical-Themed Starfish Scarf

by Beth Huntington

If you love this summer’s nautical trend as much as I do, you can easily join in by creating a a quick and easy starfish scarf. All you need is a couple yards of lightweight fabric in a color of your choice, some coordinating fabric paint, a foam brush and a starfish stamp.

First, hem the raw edges of the fabric. Fold over the fabric 3/4 of an inch, and sew close to the fold all the way around. Use a matching thread color if you don’t want the stitching to show, or use a contrasting thread for a pop of color.

Use a sharp pair of scissors to trim close to the stitching.

Fold over the hem again, so the first row of stitching is on the fold, and stitch.

Use a foam brush to load your stamp with fabric paint. The trick is to wipe off the foam brush as much as possible, leaving just a thin layer of paint to dab onto your stamp. This helps to create a clear image.

Press the stamp onto your fabric and continue until you have enough of the image covering your scarf.

Now you’re ready to head to the shore and make a wish upon a starfish.

About the Author

Beth Huntington is founder and designer of “The Renegade Seamstress”, a blog known for its simple, stylish and straightforward photo refashion tutorials. She wants to inspire even the most inexperienced sewists to try this environmentally friendly and economical way to transform thrift store finds into fashionable pieces of clothing that can be worn anywhere.