Tuesday 30 July 2013

Scarf Surprises - 30 Days of Ramadan Crafts

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Day 29 - Scarf Surprises

My 11 year old daughter made these items as gifts to give at Eid. Using one scarf she was able to make 2 large tote bags and 2 headbands!  I have shown some photos to give an idea of how she did this! I have also included a photograph which I was kindly allowed to share by my friend which shows young children making prayer garments by just hand-sewing from some dupattas/shawls.

Requirements for Tote Bag:
  • One Large Scarf
  • Sewing Machine and threads/ or hand sew!
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1) Cut two long strips at either side of the long part of the scarf (these are to be the straps)
2) Fold in half the remainder of the scarf and cut in half.
3) Make some hems at either side of the rectangle piece of scarf.
4) Fold the bag in half (pattern side touching.) Sew along the two sides of the bag.
5) Fold in half (length ways pattern side touching) one of the long strips. Sew a hem along the long side, then turn the long strip inside out to be the correct way.
6) Measure the correct length for the strap and cut to size.
7) Attach the strap to the inside hem of the tote bag and make sure it is secure.
Optional - You could add a liner to the bag if you are competent enough.

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The photograph above shows another great Upcycling Project - this photograph has been shared by my friend Andini Gallivan showing the ISF Girls Group who after just their first hand sewing lesson made prayer garments from dupattas/shawls and added diamond embellishment to mimic the Moroccan kaftan. They basically folded the scarf in half, cut a small hole on the top where the neck will be inserted. Then they drew a hemline and hand stitched along the edges, and then added some sticky diamonds. So simple but brilliant!'

Here is another great sewing idea. If you haven't already seen my post about making hijabs from clothes, below is the photograph and here is my tutorial:

scarf tote bag ramadan crafts sewing muslim Islam tutorial

Don't Forget that if you have made any of the Ramadan Crafts that I have blogged about, then please send in a photograph and I will publish this on my blog and my Facebook Page! You can send this via email (karimascrafts@gmail.com) or post on my Facebook Page Karimas-Crafts directly.


  1. I just bought a sewing machine two months ago but haven't started any project yet. Nice ideas you got here.

  2. Thank you - once you start sewing you should love it!

  3. Always look for the pashmina scarves and high quality of fabrics for dupatta... banarasi banaras fabrics


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