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DIY the Look: Burberry Prorsum Jewel Embellished Scarf

I think the first time I saw this scarf online, I gasped out loud. It was love at first sight. I looked at the price tag and gasped even louder. It was unrequited love. So I took to the same tactics I did in high school. I couldn’t actually date David Gahan, lead singer of Depeche Mode so I dated a boy in high school that looked like him. Not the same, but close enough and if I squinted hard enough it was quite convincing.

This scarf was much easier to DIY than I thought and the materials were very inexpensive. I decided to buy a variety of acrylic gems being conscientious about the weight of the finished product. You don’t want the pockets weighing down the scarf and warping the final form. Rather than sitting there and hand stitching, I found a nifty glue specifically made to adhere embellishments to fabric and dries clear. I swear, there’s a glue for everything these days! I also managed to snag these ribbed grey scarves from the mens section at Old Navy for $6 each. Voila! A $750 scarf for under $30.

Here’s the original for comparison. You’ll notice I attached the pockets differently and in fact I think it is an improvement. See how in the original the pockets are pulling at the corners and weigh the scarf down? This DIY version prevents that.

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2 wool or cotton ribbed grey scarves
Assorted acrylic jewels, approx. 300-400 depending on sizes used
Embellishment glue (I used Gem-Tac by Beacon)

Sewing machine
Masking tape
A piece of wax paper, parchment paper or cardboard
Tweezers (optional)

jewelled scarf supplies

1) Take 1 of the scarves and fold in half so that the ends are lined up together. Measure off approximately 8 inches and cut off. These will make the pockets.

jewelled scarf cut end

2) Sew a section of fabric to each end of the full sized scarf to create pockets. Tip: Use the uncut end of the cut up scarf as the top part of the pocket so you don’t have to worry about seaming a raw edge.

jewelled scarf sewing

3) Now you have the pockets sewn. Turn it right side out.

jewelled scarf sewn end

jewelled scarf flipped

4) You notice that the original scarf the pockets are centered. To re-create that look, I used masking tape to tape off the section for the jewels to be adhered to. I then slipped a piece of parchment paper into the pocket so that the glue doesn’t leak through and glue the pockets shut.

jewelled scarf taped off

5) Another tip is to sort the jewels so that you have smaller and larger jewels. Start with the larger jewels only. The best way to get a clean look is to glue jewels along the edge first and work your way to the middle.

jewelled scarf edges done

jewelled scarf large pieces done

6) Once you have the surface covered in larger jewels, fill in the gaps with the smaller jewels.

jewelled scarf finished up close

There you have it. Such an easy project but so gorgeous with huge impact. If you have to stay warm, do it in style!

Finished product, I forgot to iron the edges down before I snapped the photos, so once you do that the edges and corners will look much sharper and cleaner.

jewelled scarf finished

DIY Burberry inspired jewel scarf

48 comments on “DIY the Look: Burberry Prorsum Jewel Embellished Scarf

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    December 2, 2013

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  2. Just Me aghan (@meaghanmae)
    December 7, 2013

    I love this! You did a great job with matching the original.

    Found you from the SITS link up. 🙂

    • simplystrikingblog
      December 7, 2013

      Thank you so much! I may have to make another one because my daughter wants to wear it.

  3. Karen Main
    December 7, 2013

    Clever, clever, clever. Will be pinning this for later as I am in Australia and it is too hot for scarves.
    Happy Sharefest,

    • simplystrikingblog
      December 7, 2013

      Thank you so much for the compliment! I wish I was enjoying some of that Australian warmth right now lol.

  4. imagesbytdashfield
    December 7, 2013

    I’m not a fan of jeweled clothing normally but this could make me a believer! Hi from Sharefest

    • simplystrikingblog
      December 7, 2013

      Hi! I agree, I usually don’t wear a lot of bling but this is a nice little touch without a lot of commitment 🙂 Thanks for taking the time out to comment.

  5. Sami
    December 7, 2013

    I love it! This is a great addition to any holiday party outfit. Great tutorial.

    • simplystrikingblog
      December 7, 2013

      Thank you so much! You are right, I think this scarf does well with dressy looks and with casual outfits.

  6. Amanda Sue
    December 7, 2013

    I love tutorials, and I LOVE DIY’ing knockoffs. 🙂 This looks gorgeous, and I could totally see wearing it for a New Years party!

  7. Amanda Sue
    December 7, 2013

    Oh! And I’m popping over from the SITS sharefest!

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