Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sew Sunday: T Shirt Scarf

Fig. A
Many people requested a t shirt scarf tutorial earlier this week. There are tons out there, but I wasn't able to find one as simple as this. There are many, many variations on this theme, but this one is the easiest with no sewing, no embellishments, etc.

What You'll Need:
A big t shirt
A straight edge (optional)

Picking your t shirt: Bigger is usually better for scarf making. My white one (pictured here) was made out of a Medium Hane's Mens shirt. My suggestion is to pick a bigger one if you want to loop it. Also, if it's made of plain cotton versus 'jersey' will make a difference in how your scarf feels, moves and looks. Patterns, stripes or graphics can also provide visual interest to your scarf without any extra work.

How to:
  1. First lay your t shirt on a flat surface. A table is good.
  2. Like fig. A shows, cut off the bottom hem and from arm pit to pit. You don't need this fabric. Save it for another project or use it as rags.
  3. Now you will have basically a tube of fabric. As fig. A shows, use your scissors to cut strips from one end to the other, leaving about an inch or so of fabric uncut at one side. I suggest one inch strips, but you can vary the widths to give a different look.
  4. Now you will have what looks like a bunch of fringe attached at one side. Part your loops and put them over one arm. You will now have a bunch of rings that should be attached at the top. (Should look like this!)
  5. Grabbing the bottoms of all the loops in the other hand- pullllllll. This will stretch the loops, curling them.You can change up the lengths of individual strands by pulling some more.
  6. Tah-dah! You're done. 
Additional suggestions - You can add chains or beads, cut, braid, tie the different strands, use the extra fabric bits to lash things together and create different scarf looks. I suggest not wearing a newly made white tee scarf with a black shirt (or other contrasting colors) because the raw edges will most likely shed fuzzies for awhile. Please feel free to ask any questions if anything is unclear!


  1. This is great! I really loved that scarf you were wearing... I may have to raid my husbands t-shirt drawer lol!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    Oh, and btw, how often do you do your clothing challenges?? I found the fruit one too late and I would love to join in next time (if possible). Thanks! :)

  2. @ Sweet Momiji - We did the last one in March, but I think we may try to get another one done later this summer.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. It looks pretty simple, so I will have to give it a try. I'm not the most crafty person, but it seems fool proof.

  4. this looks fun...i gotta try this, though i'm not all that crafty. BTW, that yellow cuff is made by my mom. she thrifts leather skirts/jackets, etc. and turns them into cuffs. really cute ones :)


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