Giggles and Glue GunsDIY T-Shirt ScarfMr. Kate

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!!!

  • Kari Jones- Delinger

    Just made one for my 4 yr old out of a medium tie-dye shirt—-Awesome!!!!!!

    • Lauren Taylor

      How did they turn out with tie-dye? I’ve been thinking of trying that out sometime.

  • Kim Vest Gleason

    Snow day at my house= t-shirt scarf! Fun!

  • Toni Richard Ruemker

    Wow… I have soo many old T-Shirts and now have an idea of what I can do with them….

  • Lauren Taylor

    What size shirt did you use for the blue scarf? I’ve made a few of these already and love them, but I really want a longer one like that!

  • Lori Morgan

    Could you please better explain how to braid a section of the scarf. Really want to try these scarves! Thanks!

  • Lauren Taylor

    Love this idea! Just an fyi, doesn’t work very good with small shirts. I just tried it with a shirt I never wear that’s a size medium in juniors, and it’s way too small. I might still make it for my niece or something. Going to go to Goodwill soon to maybe get some mens shirts that will work better for this.

  • LaNita Lewis- Sena

    OK…I immediately ran to the thrift shop and bought 4 mens t-shirts and one with a design on it. I made them and now I have a few suggestions: 1) make sure the t-shirt does NOT have side seams; 2) the design idea will only work well if its on BOTH sides of the fabric since the fabric will roll closed over the design; 3) use a rotary cutter instead of scissors-MUCH FASTER; 4) I used an extra strip of the same t-shirt to wrap the area and added a necklace medallion as decoration. My only issue… do you stop the constant shedding of fibers?????

  • Skylar Burchett

    I just made about 5 of these! I have a cat and from the sleeves from the discarded tops of the tshirts i made them scarves as well! cute idea :)

  • Jennifer Jones

    This is such a great idea…but, I just thought of something. If you get a long sleeved t-shirt to do this with, you could cut the sleeves off and make them in to leg warmers or boot socks. Would be so cute!!

  • Teresa Burch Kane

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

  • Melissa Bonfante

    He-lloooo everyones Christmas present on my list.

  • Barbara Butler

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

  • Lauren Williams

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

  • Lauren Williams

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

  • Paige Graves

    what kind of fabric is the t shirts you use?

  • 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.

  • Erica Doublin Hays

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

    • 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.

    • Rachel Diane

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

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  • 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!

  • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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 ; )

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