DIY T-Shirt Scarf

If you still have some shopping left to do and are short on cash, why not try a homemade gift? My friends and I got together for some crafting and cooking a couple of weekends ago, and my contribution to the party was teaching them some of my favorite DIY projects. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions below for two different scarf options – each can be made in under 10 minutes!

{DIY T-Shirt Scarf}:
Fringed Scarf

 {Step 1} Buy/find the shirt you want to use for the scarf and a sharp pair of scissors.

Tips: Use an XXL men’s shirt if you want to loop the scarf around twice
Softer, thinner shirts will stretch out more (so shirts don’t need to be as big)
A shirt with a graphic or pattern can add a fun design element to the scarf

{Step 2} Cut across the shirt just under the sleeves – you will be using the bottom half of the shirt for the scarf

{Step 3} Starting from the cut end of the shirt, make 3/4″ strips across the whole shirt (cutting through both layers of fabric at the same time). Stop approx 3″-5″ from uncut end to create the solid part of your scarf (what the fringe will hang off of). Pull on strips after you are done cutting to stretch them out a bit to create longer fringe (this will also curl the edges a bit with thinner fabrics).

Tips: Make sure the shirt is laying flat and very even before you start cutting
Cutting on carpet is a bit easier (the carpet will help grip the shirt)
If you need guidelines, you can turn the shirt inside-out and draw pencil lines with a ruler (this will also keep your fringe even)
The thickness and stretchiness of the shirt will alter the thickness of your fringe – thinner shirts need thicker cuts (1″ or more) and thicker shirts need thinner cuts (1/2″-3/4″)

{Step 4} Wear it! My fringed scarf is on the left (looped twice). To make my friend Joanna’s rolled scarf seen on the right, follow these steps below.

Rolled Scarf

Follow Steps 1 + 2 from above. Step 3 is the only difference: instead of cutting down the shirt from the cut end, you will start cutting left to right from one of the sides of the shirt.  You will also make deeper cuts, leaving only about 3/4″ to 1″ uncut. Stretch out the strands after you’re done cutting to help curl the edges into a tube. Put your head through the bottom of the shirt, leaving the uncut edge at the back of your neck and the rolled tubes will hang down like a necklace. Voilà, new scarf!

For a fun homemade painted earring DIY project, click here.

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4 Responses to DIY T-Shirt Scarf

  1. AmyH says:

    I now know what to do with all of Toms tshirts I am tying to make “disappear”.

  2. Breck says:

    You had the easiest directions on how to make the t-shirt scarce that I have ran across all night. Thank you for putting into terms something that looks so complex, so simply. :)

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