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I hope y’all aren’t getting sick of upcycled t-shirt projects yet because I still plenty of shirts and ideas! Don’t worry, this week’s is a little different. If you don’t feel like wearing a shirt with holes chopped in it, this tutorial is for you! This amazingly easy t-shirt scarf/statement necklace is the perfect way to reuse a soft, worn out tee. Actually, I’d like to call it a “statement infinity scarf.” Is that allowed? I think it’s the best description. Of course, you can leave off the ‘statement’ bits, and then you’ll just have an eco chic new scarf! Either way, I hope you enjoy this t-shirt scarf tutorial. =)
Supplies for DIY T-Shirt Scarf
- A t-shirt you’re tired of, is too big, etc. If possible, try to find one without side seams.
- A pair of sharp fabric scissors.
- Large gauge jump rings or other decorative accents, if desired. I made my rings with some 18 gauge copper wire and a Sharpie pen barrel.
T-Shirt Statement Scarf Tutorial
1. Cut off an discard the shirt’s bottom hem.
2. Cut the shirt into strips across the body, as shown, to form loops. The scarf works best if the strips are about 1″ thick. If they’re much thinner they don’t curl as well and become fragile, if they’re much thicker they can look overly bulky.
3. Continue cutting the shirt into loop strips until you reach the arm holes.
4. Stretch each loop out by pulling on it. Pull hard enough to stretch and curl the fabric, but try not to break the loops!
5. Cut an additional wider, shorter strip of fabric from the sleeve or remaining portion of the shirt.
6. If your t-shirt had side seams, line all the seam ends up, as best as possible. If the stretched strips are long enough, double the loops so all the seams end up in the same place. If you don’t have seams, just hang your loops or lay them out so they’re neat and matched up on one end.
7. Wrap the new, shorter strip tightly around the area(s) with the seams. You don’t have to wrap both seam locations, but it can help the finished item look better. If you don’t have seams, simply pick a spot and tie the strips together. I like to use a few wraps around and then a good, tight square knot.
8. If you don’t want to embellish the scarf, you’re finished!
9. If you do want to proceed with some ring embellishments, the way I did, just start adding them to the scarf. I put each ring around 2 or 3 strands and made sure I kept the scarf from becoming super piece-y by mixing up the strands a little instead of just placing rings around the same strands all the way around.
10. Whenever you’re satisfied with your embellishments, get out there and wear your new scarf with pride!
If you feel like cutting the strips and tying them back together again, you could thread big beads on the strands, instead. If you decide to do this, I highly recommend just cutting out the seams. This style of scarf also looks great if you use strands from several different shirts for a fun, multi-color effect! No matter how you decide to rock it, this t-shirt scarf is a super easy, fun project and a great way to transform an old or unwanted t-shirt.
What’s your favorite t-shirt reconstruction project? Anything in particular you’d like to see a tutorial for? I still have lots of shirts sitting around!
Natasha is a former classroom teacher turned WAHM. She also is a registered yoga teacher and certified life coach. She shares her passion for education with craft tutorials and free printables. She also shares her experience moving through grief after losing a parent and passion for positive parenting. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.