Giggles and Glue Guns

DIY T-Shirt Scarf

This is seriously so easy and so fun! I’ve seen these t-shirt scarves floating around the web and I got inspired to try it myself and add a little personal flair with re-claimed leather and some broken jewelry. My buddy and fellow HelloGiggler Rachel Specter came over and we got to slicing and dicing and stretching and scarfing. Wouldn’t these make a great hand-made holiday gift, too?!

Watch the video for the step by step visual tutorial…

What You Need:

  • T-shirt – the larger and wider the t-shirt, the longer and chunkier your scarf will be.
  • Scissors
  • Decoration elements: leather, ribbon, broken jewelry, buttons, beads, etc. get creative!
  • Hot glue gun

Do It:

  1. Cut your t-shirt from armpit to armpit lengthwise and dispose of the top part of your t-shirt (the part with the sleeves).
  2. Take your tube (the body part of the t-shirt) and cut the bottom hem off so you’re left with a tube that has two un-hemmed edges.
  3. Cut 3/4″ to 1″ wide strips from one looped end to the other, leaving around 1″ uncut at the top  – watch the video for this step to see the visual.
  4. Once you have all your strips cut pull on each length to stretch them out and get them to curl.
  5. Gather all of your strips together at the un-cut section so you have them all together in a loop – it should look like a looped scarf at this point.
  6. Cover up your uncut section using whatever you want: a piece of leather, ribbon, another piece of t-shirt, etc.
  7. Add some snazz to your leather or ribbon by hot-gluing on some jewelry, beads, chain, buttons, etc.
  8. Optional step: cut three strips and braid them together and then tie them back into the scarf so you have one braided length

Voila! Wear it long or double it. Fun fun fun!!!

  • Alycia Lourim

    oh dear this is amazing. im going to have to do it now. they are too cute and i am obsessed with scarfs. thanks for being so crafty :) along with finding thrifty ways to spruce up the winter wardrobe. my bank account knows i appreciate thrifty more then anything in my life <33

  • Meisha Virtue

    So awesome and cute! I’m so making so making one for myself and maybe other people if I can pull it off! 😀

  • Katherine McAdoo

    I think I just found my weekend project! Adorableeee

  • Sarai Garnett

    Whoop! Know What I’m about to do today! 😉

  • Mr Kate

    yay! so glad you all like them! have fun gettin’ crafty! xx – mr. kate

  • Brittany Woodell

    These are fantastic!!! I can’t wait to try this out.

  • Emily Johnson

    This project is really cute.. but on a seperate note where do i get the GORGEOUS jewelry on the girl in the bottom picture!!! I am lusting after all of it!

    • Mr Kate

      glad you like the jewelry! it’s all from my Mr. Kate jewelry line

    • Emily Johnson

      I LOVE THIS WEBSITE! You make fantastic stuff!! The wrinkle faced pendents make me sooooo happy plus this is a cool site! Thanks!

    • Mr Kate

      thank you! glad you like the site! xx

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  • Megan Hall Bunty

    This will be my Christmas present for all my friends!

  • Samantha Shucavage

    Has anyone made these with shirts with stuff on them? Does it look cool or weird to have it not be a plain tshirt?

    • Mr Kate

      you can use shirts with writing or logos, etc. I would recommend cutting the stripes thin so that the pattern isn’t too distracting – but it will still work! good luck ; )

    • Jennifer Jones

      I have seen in another tutorial that if the t-shirt has writing on it, turn it inside out and then cut. When you stretch out the strips the writing will not show. But, don’t hold me to it, I haven’t tried it.

  • Elizabeth Renee Telg

    Oh my gosh! This is so easy AND cute. I can’t wait to do this on my oversized t-shirts hanging in my closet. I want to try using a patterned shirt… I have a feeling that would spice it up a bit!

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  • Erica Doublin Hays

    Do you wash the strips before you wear them? I am having trouble with it getting all over my clothes.

    • Rachel Diane

      Me too! Would it be better with a special kind of scissors or something?

    • Mr Kate

      I didn’t wash them before I wore them – i did notice a few little fabric flecks but it wore off after the first couple hours – just give it a good shake to get those off before you put it on the first time.

  • mandy ellis

    i did that today, using a different tutorial, but it turned out great! love this, and will be saving lots of “old” shirts for this purpose.

  • Paige Graves

    what kind of fabric is the t shirts you use?

  • Lauren Williams

    How do you cut the fabric if you want to braid part of it?

  • Lauren Williams

    What size shirt did you use for the yellow scarf? I lovr that size. Its perfect!

  • Barbara Butler

    Oh this is such a great tutorial and easy to follow…thanks

  • Melissa Bonfante

    He-lloooo everyones Christmas present on my list.

  • Teresa Burch Kane

    Just made one! Love, love , love it! My girls 7 and 10 want want too!

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