Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves GIVE-AWAY

April 08, 2011, 11:15 am  Posted by Lark

This weekend, I happened to go to a thrift shop in my old neighborhood and was delighted to find a Vera shirt in my size! (Thrifting drives me nuts cuz the things I love the most just never seem to fit—I apparently have line-backer shoulders compared to the women of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s—and there’s absolutely zero chance of finding the same item in a different size on the rack.)

In the book Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves, I included a sidebar on Vera brand scarves, so I did a bunch of research before writing it. I remember reading that Vera designed the graphics on her garments to fit the pattern pieces of the clothes, and at the time, I didn’t really understand what that meant. Now I do: you can clearly see how the drawing on both halves of the front of the shirt look like a unified whole, rather than being cut willy-nilly out of a piece of patterned fabric. And note how the graphics on the collar (I know, I know, it’s gigantic) didn’t just land there by chance. That white outline and the leaf shape that fits perfectly inside have clearly been designed for that part of the shirt.

And what, you may be asking, is Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves? Oh, it’s just a new little book that shows you how to unleash the full potential of a scarf or two and transform it/them into some other amazing thing. It’s chock full of items imagined by some of the most talented designers out there: you’ll find all kinds of sweet, unexpected things to make—pretty earrings, cute stuffed toys, cool belts, charming wind chimes…it goes on and on! In fact, you can get a little taste of the book with the bonus online-only project shown below left: a modern pillow in a fresh print. In keeping with today’s theme, this one is made from a Vera scarf, but you can use any scarf you like. Get the instructions here.

And so, to celebrate the release of Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves and my happy thrift store find, I’m giving away a package with two Vera scarves that were featured in the pages of the book, as well as a copy of the book itself. It’s so easy to enter for a chance to win: just leave a comment on this post by 9 a.m. E.S.T. on Friday, April 22, 2011. One winner will be selected at random and announced on April 29. Click here for the official rules.

The winner of the April 8 give-away is Carole Carlson of Derwood, Maryland.


50 Responses

    sewlindaann says:

    I once had several napkins of Vera’s, and in a burst of stupidity and bad mood I got rid of them! aarrgh! I must inflict a 24 hour think about it before I act rule. I’d love to win the scarves and book, thanks for the chance.

    Rosa says:

    Looks like a fun book, and the scarves are great.

    Chris says:

    Thank you for the giveaway – the scarves and book look great!

    Lee says:

    I would love this book. thank you for the great giveaway!

    Lindsay Sews says:

    Very cool! I always love a good craft challenge. :)

    FryeStyle says:

    Whoa VERA! How lucky of you to find the vintage shirt. That is a major score! Vera Neumann has been very inspirational to me, and to many artists and collectors of her work. I have a book, “Vera, The Art and Life of an Icon” by Susan Seid, which I treasure very much.

    I truly would love to own “Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves”. (I do a lot of sewing.) And red is my favorite color. I would totally rock those Vera scarves. Keeping my fingers crossed!!

    Ashley says:

    Oooh, I’d love a copy of this book! I just moved into a new apartment and need some cheap decor ideas. This could do the trick!

    Rachée Fagg says:

    Totally playing the kid card…I work in a library and think this book would provide a plethora of craft ideas for my teens!

    asheridan says:

    I used to have a Vera scarf–first “grown-up” present given to me by my brother. It is sadly long gone. Would love to win the book and the scarves… must go thrifting now!

    Oooooooo! Sign us up! We LOVE scarves and repurposing! It’s the fabric of our lives! The fiber of our beings!

    Laura Wilson says:

    Love that Vera shirt! I seem to collect a ridiculous amount of scarves, so I know I’d enjoy this book. :)

    Kathy says:

    Pillows made using scarves is a great way to add color to your room.

    Anonymous says:

    Looks lovely, wow!

    Tamie says:

    I’ love some ideas on repurposing scarves. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Debbie says:

    I would love to win! thanks so much. Debbie in alaska

    MG says:

    I love the shirt, thrift stores and scarves-just bought several to cut up for a quilt but i would love other ideas!

    LisaT says:

    Wow! Would LOVE to win this book, as I own way, way too many!

    Melissa says:

    This all sounds delightful. The book sounds interesting and can’t wait to thumb through the pages. Thank you for your generous giveaway

    Beckysews says:

    I ADORE Vera!! In the late 60′s my Daddy was friends with a Vera rep who would sell Daddy samples for Mom. She was a perfect size 8. I can’t wear much vintage either but have scads of Vera scarfs!

    Melonkelli says:

    What an awesome shirt!

    Leds says:

    I love the idea of repurposing scarfs. I would love to learn to repurpose many things. Lord knows I have a closet full and can’t afford to buy new right now. Your shirt and pillow are great. You have me yearning to go to the resale. I don’t have any scarfs.

    Oh, my gosh! I love Vera.

    Kristin says:

    I’d love to be entered! Thanks so much.

    Pat says:

    Vera always had great designs – what a fabulous find for you! I love the series of books on repurposing and this one looks like a winner! Thanks for the chance to win,,,

    Margaret says:

    Thanks for this great giveaway! Count me in.

    India Emerald Damaris says:

    Off the top of my head just reading your article I could name about 12 things to re purpose a scarf!!! Fantastic. I always make things from already made things and recycle as a designer/artist myself. I have made halters, curtians, pillows and belts out of scarfs that I recall so far. Can’t wait to see your book! Count me in!

    Mary J. says:

    I’ve never even thought of re-purposing scarves but now that you mention it, it’s a fabulous idea! Thanks for the chance to win and congrats on your book.

    Kimberly Ulrich says:

    I’ve seen scarves repurposed before but have never seen any patterns. I am especially interested in shirts, purses and pillows. They are fantastic. Would love to have the book.

    Terri Lovins says:

    brilliant idea!

    Sharlyngp says:

    I “grew up” on Vera. My mom had scarves, napkins, sheets, whatever. In fact, to this day my husband and I still have two Vera pillowcases that are probably at least 35 years old and we still use them! I still have my Vera scarves I wore in high school!! I would love to be included in this giveaway!

    Donatella M says:

    those scarves are amazing to start with, and the repurpose ideas are great as well! would love the be the lucky winner!

    Karen Erkert says:

    I’m so interested in this book! I’d love to win.

    Beadsophisticate says:

    I’m a scarf lover and have dozens of them, so this will be a fun book for me. Hope I win!

    Jan says:

    I love all things Vera! I have some of her scarves and would love to be able to show off the designs other than around my neck!

    christy says:

    two things i love….repurposing and Vera. Great giveaway!

    Erin N. says:

    That dotted scarf is so pretty! Thanks for the contest!

    My friend needs this book so badly. She has a whole box of scarves she would love to make something with.

    kaytee says:

    I would love to win this!

    Love the shirt – I am a thrift store/yard sale junkie!! This would be great to win!!!!!!

    L Murray says:

    I love scarves! I am always picking them up at one of the 5 thrift stores within 2 miles of my house! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Muireann says:

    I love the shirt. I also love scarves – my husband might think I have too many but they have so many uses! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Corne says:

    would love to see this book!

    Deb says:

    I was recently in an antique store in SC and we saw a couple of Vera scarves…one still sticks with me–Raining Cats and Dogs. None of us shopping bought it, and we’re probably all sorry! I’d love to win your giveaway.
    debgiro at wildblue dot net

    I was with my sister at an antique store in SC where we saw some Vera scarves. She commented below about the “Raining Cats and Dogs” scarf–so cute! my favorite was a scarf featuring red houses on a yellow background. Went back yesterday to buy it–and alas it was gone! I’d love this book on repurposing. What a cool idea! bsolomon at gmail dot com

    Myra Roberts says:

    Love scarves! But would love other ways to use them – so many prints to choose from – Hope I am your winner! Myra

    Nathalie says:

    Hi, Beadsophisticate!
    Congrats! You’re the winner of this give-away if you send me your name and mailing address (nathalie at larkbooks dot com) by noon on Friday, April 29.


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    I love, love, love that shirt!!

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