Hobbies: Cashmere scarf will keep you cozy

Dena Fishbein
Tribune News Service

A colorful patchwork scarf in super soft cashmere with pretty felt flowers is the perfect project to keep you warm and cozy during these winter months. I used some old cashmere sweaters cut into rectangles and sewed them together to create this fun and oh-so-chic scarf.


Old cashmere sweaters


Sewing machine

Sewing needle





1. First, cut rectangles out from your sweaters to piece together. You will need enough rectangles to make 2 patchwork pieces at about 4 by 64 inches.

2. Sew the rectangles together end-to-end so they make the two pieces that are about 4 by 64 inches. Press with a dry iron on low.

3. Place the two rectangles with right sides together and pin. Using your sewing machine, sew up the two long sides. Now you should have a tube. Turn the tube right side out and press with a dry iron on low.

4. Place one end inside the other end and sew together with your sewing machine. It’s OK to have a raw edge sticking out since the cashmere will not fray.

5. Cut out flower shapes from the felt. For each flower, I cut three flower shapes, with each shape smaller than the last. Sew the three shapes together, one on top of the other, with a needle and thread. Once you have your flowers, tack them onto your scarf with the needle and thread…the more the merrier!

Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at denadesigns.com.