Since I’ve had so many people ask me how I made this when they see me out with this scarf, I decided to post my instructions. Easy peasy!
It is so easy! Take a t-shirt. It can be short or long sleeved. I picked this one up at the local thrift store. I didn’t take pics of the process, but hope this makes sense.
Lay out your t-shirt and cut the top part off under the arm holes.
Put the top away for another project. Take that bottom half and cut 3/4 – 1 inch wide fringe from the hem up. Cut them as long as you want.
Now put this piece over your head. Mine was extra large so I was able to loop it around my neck twice. And there you have it.
Some tips/ideas for you:
- Some t-shirts don’t want to be made into these scarves. The one above is 100% cotton. It was soft and had some give it it. I tried making one out of an old t-shirt I had that was 100% cotton and it was as stiff as a board and did not work.
- Think about color. I bought this t-shirt that I would never wear. First of all it was too large. It also had a cowgirl theme which I don’t really care for. However, I loved the colors and the pattern is not identifiable when I’m wearing it.
- This can be made of other materials besides cotton. Just remember that since it is twisted around, the inside of the shirt may show which you might not want.
- The cut edge could have been sewn up to make it more finished but when wearing it, the raw edge isn’t seen.
- Use a white shirt, cut it, and then dye it. Or dye it and then cut it and add beads.
I really love this scarf. It provides some color at my face and also keeps my neck warm. And people think I’m so creative! I sure have them fooled!!
Very cute! I may have to take one of my dyeing disasters and give this a try… thanks for the tutorial!
Judy, you have disasters?? Can’t believe that!
That is very nice! I have shirts that are too short ( weight gain is not pretty), and would love to do something with them. Thanks for sharing.
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Sounds like the perfect pieces for this scarf. Thanks for dropping by.
This is so clever, and I really like the design on your t-shirt.
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Lynda, I finally got a chance to try this today… I love how the scarf came out! I did one thing different, I flipped the shirt hem to the top and cut the fringe from the raw edge up several inches, then pulled on the fringes to curl the fabric. I’m thinking about adding some beads as well… what a fun accessory! I can see doing lots of these… thanks so much for your tutorial!
Hey Judy, What a great idea! I’d love to see it! Yes, I thought beads would be great too.
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