Silk Scarf Safety Pin Tank Top DIY

Vena Cava silk safety pin tank top DIY

This fun and easy scarf DIY top would be adorable over a pair of shorts in the Summer! You can also wear it as a halter, if you instead turn the scarf from square in front of your body to diamond shape with corner at your neck and working out with safety pins from there.


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* Notes *
* EASILY do this exact DIY with an old T-shirt …which I am going to do as well.
* If you’re a pro …you can easily create the exact pattern of the Vena Cava top in any silk fabric. OR remove the straps of a camisole you already have and replace them with safety pins.
* If using a silk scarf, know that pins will leave minor holes so use a scarf you’re probably not going to use again otherwise.
* The folds in the front give boobies an extra layer so they are not at all exposed if going bra-less …also they will not fall out of this top UNLESS a safety pin comes undone …but what are the odds of that? If you’re worried about that, use a needle and thread to stitch pins to fabric at bases.


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  • Nickie Frye

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    Brilliant!! I just did a scarf top on my blog the other day. The scarf I used was the same size & shape as a pashmina. I like the idea of doing this with an old t-shirt. Gonna add this to the long list of projects I have in the cue. 😉

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  • Leia

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    this looks amazing!

  • Craftmaker

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    AMAZING! As usual, your DIY’s drive me crazy! I want to make one right away.

  • Angela Muniz

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    I love your site

  • NG

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    omg this is the best DIY I’ve seen on your blog and I generally love them all. this is totally do-able for someone like me who is a lazy crafter, but it’s adaptable to so many fabrics. i’m going to a birthday party in a park this weekend and this will be PERFECT! thanks so much and sorry to sound like such a fangirl. :)

  • Addict

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    Love it! Great DIY as usual. You are SO creative.

  • Closet Fashionista

    June 24, 2010 | Reply
  • rachel

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    I’m so new and so lost at this “blog world”…but i’m such a big fan of you and your site…that i just decide to create one.
    HAVE A NICE DAY!!! =)

  • Katie

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    I love it! So cute!

  • Fashionate Girl

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    You are so clever! I love this:)

    XO, BOOTS!

  • Empress

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    very creative a must try

    True Queen

  • Savvy Gal

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    Super cute idea. : )

  • The Beauty In Me

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  • Elle Sees

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    Once again, I’m amazed. All I need is a–banging body
    b–a scarf

  • wonderchris

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    Looks great!! I often find that your DIY projects come out better than the inspiration designs. It is a perfect sexy summery top! Well done.

  • Love + Marriage

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    Oh wow! I saw this on Gilt but my size was gone. I never even thought of it as a DIY! Nice!

  • amy (metz) walker

    June 24, 2010 | Reply

    I LOVE this idea but you OB-viously don’t have mesquito (sp?) bites I have, if you get my drift. What the heck would you use for a “bra” under this thing? Bandaids?! ha!

    Love and admire your creativity as usual. Oh, and someone I know IRL told me that my hair reminds me of yours…which I took as a great compliment! 😉

  • K.Line

    June 25, 2010 | Reply

    I am continually blown away by the stuff you come up with. This is terrific! It’s interesting, it’s an homage, it’s free, it looks great on you. I love it.

  • bananas.

    June 25, 2010 | Reply

    AHHH i loooove it! turned out great and SUPER EASY!

    but then…

    i always say that and F things up. haha.

  • Family Law Experts

    June 25, 2010 | Reply

    I am your fan for are brilliant as usual I will try with different colors…love xx

  • Patricia

    June 25, 2010 | Reply

    that turned out so great, and you can find so many silk scarves at vintage shops, I’ll have to try this out!!

  • KB

    June 25, 2010 | Reply

    This is an awesome idea! I am wondering where you see the images that you use for inspiration. Are there certain blogs you check everyday? Where do you find these cool looks?

  • DaMnViXeN

    June 25, 2010 | Reply

    your a genius! i dig your diy’s all the time.. ^^

    The ViXeN’s LaiR

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  • F.P.

    June 25, 2010 | Reply

    fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good idea!!! :-)

  • Francesca

    June 25, 2010 | Reply

    oooh! i love that look. I would never have thought to try that out!!! and thank god ur first diy that doesnt involve needles (me+needles=bloody fingers).

    F <– Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!

  • dulci

    June 25, 2010 | Reply

    Oh man – I am such a HUGE Vena Cava fan…this looks just like the real thang!!

  • Holly

    June 26, 2010 | Reply

    thanks for sharing! i love this easy DIY!!!

  • Kristin

    June 26, 2010 | Reply

    Mother effin’ awesome! Might be my fave DIY of yours yet!

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  • jason

    July 1, 2010 | Reply

    love the idea and it turned out great..but whats with the panty lines?

  • Olive Rosehips

    July 18, 2010 | Reply

    This scarf top is fabulous – increases wardrobe possibilities infinitely! I enjoy many of the DIY’s you share because they are classy and not the usual virginal, sophmoric designs I find elsewhere. Wonderful, wonderful eye you have Mrs. Maegan. Thanks for sharing your fun.


  • michelle@somedaycrafts

    August 9, 2010 | Reply

    I never would have thought to do that! Very cool idea!

  • tifuani

    June 29, 2011 | Reply

    Cute idea!!! Thanks for sharing~~

  • Dana

    August 24, 2011 | Reply

    Maegan this is so cool. I never thought to make a scarf into a shirt.I found this site on StumbleUpon on how to wear a scarf 37 different ways but there is also some really cool things on ways to tie a square scarf. Thought you might find this helpful!

  • Donatella M

    May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I linked back to your top in a round up of DIY with scarves! Hope you don’t mind! Xox, d.

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