T-Shirt Refashion {T-Shirt Scarf}

Do you have a pile of ruined clothing lying around in your house? I do. Various articles of clothing have been ruined for various reasons and I just can’t bring myself to throwing them away. They may have a stain that I just can’t get rid of but otherwise the rest of the item is fine. Well I finally found a project to do with one of them!!!
I started with this cotton t-shirt. It was a cute shirt that I loved (minus the wrinkles, remember the PILE of discarded clothing).
I was so bummed when a new deodorant stained the underarms! So into the pile it went! Until now!
The first thing I did was grab the scissors and trim off the bottom hem.
Then I proceeded to cut strips all the way up the shirt, until just under the armpits (which works out nice since that’s where the problem area is). I varied the sizes of the strips, not for any particular reason other than to get some variation in the strips.
I took all the cut strips and pulled and stretched them. Once they are stretched they turn into themselves. I them grabbed one of the strips and wrapped it around the rest of the strips, keeping them all together.
Ta da!!! A fashionable and different necklace or scarf out of a discarded shirt! Imagine it with a pretty broach clipped to one side for a little fun!
You can double it up for a different look, more like a cowl neck look.
You can even twist the scarf for another look!
It will make the perfect accessory this fall, layered over a t-shirt for interest or on top of a sweater for extra warmth. It’s super quick and easy, so go grab a shirt that doesn’t fit or is ruined (I’m sure you have at least one lying around) and try this for yourself!!!
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  1. What a neat idea! Can’t wait to try it. I’m a new follower who LOVES crafty things. Please follow me back. http://mavesfaves.blogspot.com/

  2. Super idea. I have a pile of discards I need to do something with.


  3. I love using old t-shirts for different projects!!!! At least then if I have ruined one, I can still use it!!

  4. Beautiful scarf! I have a love for repurposing t-shirts! Here’s what I did (http://theefirewife.blogspot.com/2011/09/up-cycled-tees-again.html)

  5. That is great! I love the idea of re-purposing the shirt rather than throwing it away. Good on you!

    Best wishes,

  6. Found your post at tip junkie, such a great way to use old clothing and so easy, you are a genius! Thanks for sharing

  7. What a great idea. I have so many shirts I could do this with


  8. Love this! I made a different variation that I found on Pinterest last week! So excited to have something to do with ruined tees!


  9. Great idea! I can hardly wait to go to my discarded T-Shirt pile! Thanks!

  10. I tried making the scarf! Mine ended up a little more “scraggly” but I like it that way! Thanks for the great tutorial I posted mine here: http://creativelystartingsomewhere.blogspot.com/2011/09/t-shirt-scarf.html

  11. How brilliant!

  12. This is such a fantastic idea! I’m going to try this when I get home!

  13. Great Idea! I can’t wait to try this!

  14. What material do the shirts need to be so that it can stretch???

  15. What material do the shirts need to be so that it can stretch?

  16. You are so talented!! This is DEFINITELY a New Years Project I’ll be attempting this afternoon 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.. I just happened to stumble upon your blog and will now be 4ever Following.

  17. I tried it! Yours looks better….and longer! What kind of knit was yours?

    Here’s my version: http://whowantstobemarthawhenicanbeme.blogspot.com/2012/01/last-holiday-thriftcraft-hurrah.html

  18. Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  19. Just made mine – LOVE IT!!! I did find that it did not work with one of my old long-sleeve Gap shirts…I think because there were seams along the sides of the shirt. You almost have to use a 100% cotton shirt with NO seams! Thanks for the cute idea!

  20. Just made mine – LOVE IT!!! I tried it first with one of my old long-sleeve Gap shirts and it did not work…I think because there were seams along both sides of the shirt. You almost have to find a 100% cotton shirt with NO seams. Can’t wait to wear mine with my outfit tomorrow!

  21. Great tutorial. This would be a fun project to try.

  22. I found this on Pinterest and decided to try it out! I am writing about the experience of trying out different Pinterest crafts on my blog http://www.wonderfulmess.com. I have included a link back to your site! Great tutorial! I was able to actually do it!

  23. Great tute! I am going to try this!!! 😉

  24. I love this! Your tutorial is great – made it very easy to create my own! http://www.twentysomethingstella.com/2012/08/scarfnecklace-from-t-shirt.html

  25. I love what you did with the tshirt. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I would love for your to follow me also.
    Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  26. mommyof 3boys says:

    What a fantastic idea! I’m going to have to try this one.

  27. Really really nice!! I have a little tip from my thrift store scrounging today.. it occured to me that it would be easiest to find big t-shirts in the men’s dept since they wear them so much more than we do and they’re bigger!

  28. I have a little tip from my thrift store scrounging today.. it occured to me that it would be easiest to find big t-shirts in the men’s dept since they wear them so much more than we do and they’re bigger!

    Great tutorial, thanks!!

  29. What can you do if your shirt has seams on the side? I made mine but it doesn’t look quite right!! Don’t want to just toss it!

  30. I made one today and liked it so much I made several more – lol! I didn’t like the rough spot where the seams were, so I cut a piece from a sleeve and stretched it the same way and wrapped it around that part and tied it (both ends) – it looks great! I will post some photos tomorrow to share. 🙂

    By the way, it works with lightweight sweaters, too!

  31. I am having so much fun with this! Here is a link to some photos of the ones I have made: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.486222014751101.112591.102582299781743&type=1

  32. If you are having trouble getting your fabric to curl after you cut it, I have out why! Explained here: http://www.frugal-living-now.com/t-shirt-scarf-tutorial.html (at the bottom under “Troubleshooting”)

  33. im going to make out of daddy’s tee shirts for all us girls, he died in February, I think this will me a nice memory scarf!


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