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DIY T-Shift Scarf/Drape

Updated on December 30, 2011

Recycle Your Old T-Shirt

Dive into your closet and find that old colorful T-shirt that has been collecting dust. Now there is a variety of ways that you can do this craft. You could use two T-shirts and combine the colors into one scarf or just use one. Its up to you! I chose to use an aqua T-shirt I found in my drawer.

Materials:

  • T-Shirt (Soft cotton usually works best)
  • Scissors or a Rotary Cutter (NOTE: If you use a rotary cutter protect the table you cut on or it will get damaged.)
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • OPTIONAL: Fun decoration (Pin, Bow etc)

Part 1:

  • Take the T-shirt and lay it out on a flat surface.
  • Then cut off the the hem on the bottom of the shirt and discard.
  • Now take your ruler and mark off every 3/4 of an inch in chalk along the body of your shift.
  • Now cut the body of the shirt into horizontal strips which are approximately 3/4 of an inch thick.


Lay out that shirt.
Lay out that shirt.
Cut off that hem
Cut off that hem
Measure out your 3/4 of an inch. Note: You are only using the body of the shirt.
Measure out your 3/4 of an inch. Note: You are only using the body of the shirt.
Start cutting out your strips!
Start cutting out your strips!

Part 2:

  • Take each loop one at a time and stretch a little. This will automatically make the fabric curl so you won't see the raw edges.
  • Next you want to stack your loops on top of one another with the seams all on top of each other. This way you won't have random seams all over your scarf. You don't want it to look icky.

Stretch those loops! They will curl.
Stretch those loops! They will curl.
Here are those seams I was talking about. Make sure they are all stacked on top of each other. You will cover them in Part 3.
Here are those seams I was talking about. Make sure they are all stacked on top of each other. You will cover them in Part 3.
Stack those loops seams together.
Stack those loops seams together.
Cut your 6 inch strips.
Cut your 6 inch strips.
Tie one of the strips around the seams and double knot. Tuck the leftover under.
Tie one of the strips around the seams and double knot. Tuck the leftover under.

Part 3:

  • Take your T-shirt and cut two scrap pieces of fabric about 6 inches long. Now you can choose to only cover one set of seams, it is your choice. I chose to cover both.
  • Now take your 6 inch strips and wrap it around the bundle of seams and double knot.
  • Tuck the tied strips under itself to hide them.

Wear it short
Wear it short

Part 4:

  • There you have it! Now you can leave the scarf as is or you can continue to explore.
  • My scarf is extra stretchy so you can wear it long, wrap it twice to wear it short, or you can add pins to accessorize.
  • I found a broken pin and fixed it via hot glue gun and safety pin. I recommend using a light pin if you choose to accessorize. Bows would also be cute.

Wear it long. Explore with twisting and bundling.
Wear it long. Explore with twisting and bundling.
My favorite. Short and accessorized with a sparkly pin.
My favorite. Short and accessorized with a sparkly pin.

Final Thoughts

This is a very fun craft to do and a big money saver. Not only are you recycling what you already have, but I found some of these scarves range from $8.00-$50.00 on the internet. During these chilly next few months this would make a crafty little gift for your loved ones. Don't forget that your scarf is not sewn so you can untie the seam covers and experiment with twisting and braiding. Enjoy!

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    • johncimble profile image

      johncimble 5 years ago from Bangkok

      awesome!! and so creative! :)

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Your welcome, thank you for reading. It was very fun to make.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      This is similar to a craft my daughter did in her 'Girls Night Out' at church. Beautiful scarf. Thanks for the tutorial.