Scrunchy Tee Shirt Scarf Tutorial



This free sewing pattern from Jennifer Juniper for a scrunchy gathered scarf is a must-have accessory for you and your girlfriends. You get a lot of bang for your buck, it is a great accessory for yourself, and also a great gift to give. It's really a win/win project.

See this project and more tee shirt projects in "9 Ways to Transform Old T-Shirts".

Scrunchy Scarf


  • At least 2 yds. of thin jersey knit (I used T-shirt weight)--this will make four to six scarves, depending on the width of your fabric
  • Thread
  • Elastic Thread (found in the elastic aisle)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • And about 10 minutes of time
  • Pattern


  1. Cut a 10 inch by (at least) 72 inch strip of fabric (your fabric will end up being half as long when you finish, so the longer the better). At this point, you can decide to taper your ends or to cut the ends apart, like fringe, at least 12 inches up from the bottom. I might even make longer tails if I did this again.

    Scrunchy Scarf Photo1
  2. Hand wind the elastic thread onto your bobbin (use ordinary thread on top), and sew with a basting stitch from the center of one tail/fringe alllll the way to the end. Then again from the center of the other tail allll the way to the other end. So, you have two long seams about 3 inches apart, down the center. (Make sure you back stitch at the beginning and the end, basting stitches will pull out easily if they aren't anchored like this.) See how it is bunching up as it passes through the machine? It's like magic!  If you have machine with self-adjusting tension, you will have to fiddle or turn that option off or your fabric will not bunch up.

    Scrunchy Scarf Photo2
  3. Here is how it looks all sewn - just two straight seams from end to end. All the magic happens when you wind it around your neck!

    Scrunchy Scarf Photo3
  4. Now, prance around all giddy-like with your cute new scarf. Make sure to pose for pictures and make plans to give them to everyone with a neck. 


Do you have more shirts you want to craft with?  Well, check out all these other fun tee-shirt crafts you can make:  Knotted Tee Shirt Scarf, Checkerboard Game Carpet, Tee Shirt Sleeve Scarf, and a fun Tee Shirt Quilt!

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Dec 30, 2012

I wonder how this looks with a print pattern. Has anyone tried it? I actually bought a big bright floral pattern and now am questioning if it has to be a plain cloth?


Apr 21, 2012

Looks cute and comfy. Think I'll try it.


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Apr 12, 2012

That is Soooo Cute! Thanks for Sharing!


Jan 7, 2012

dear designer, how would you make this from a t-shirt? My take is you used fabric off the bolt which is about 60inches wide. I wonder what would happen if you took the fabric you used and cut on the diagonal? Did you finish the edge? How wide was your elastic? I'm not sure what you mean by a BASTING stitch on your machine. Thanks for a fun looking project. Sincerely, Momforever


Dec 6, 2011

Thanks to MaryEllen, LRN, and bjm1 for their help and input! If any of you are still having trouble after reading these tips from your fellow crafters, we would suggest contacting the pattern designer directly (specified in the byline). Hope this helps! --Editors of FaveCrafts


Dec 5, 2011

Ive been reading thru this and understand the confusion...but once I re-read and reviewed the diagram it made sense to me. Perhaps try this translation attempt? 1. Cut a piece of jersey (old t-shirts etc) into a single piece of fabric at least 72" x 10-12" wide. ** If you need to connect a few assorted pieces together, to create this long piece of fabric, due so by joining ends- right sides together, regular stitch length, and trim the seams to reduce the bulk. 2. Lay your length of scarf out on a table or floor surface and fold in half lengthways. - at the fold, cut up from the end of your scarf fabric, about 12"-14" only. This will give you two thinner halves of the one piece. 2a - repeat this at the other end of the scarf * when the scarf is wrapped around your neck...it will look as though you have 4 skinny scarves even though it is still one whole piece. 3. Wrap bobbin with elastic thread as previous directions. 4. Pick one side of the scarf, (right or left) and find the middle of one of the thin strips you cut, to begin your sewing from. 4a - Sew from this thin end, in a straight line across the entire 72" length to the end of its opposite side. 4b - Repeat this sewing step, with the remaining thin piece and sew across the 72" length all the way back to the opposite side, * these 2 rows of stitching pull upon the fabric, due to the elastic in the bobbin, causing it to ruffle itself all the way along. 6. Should you want to really fancy this up you could: sew each of the 4 ends, individually tight and sew on 4 dingle-balls, bells, tassels whatever. IF YOUR STILL UNSURE AND DON'T WANT TO WASTE FABRIC...CUT A SCRAP AND WALK THROUGH, FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS EACH STEP OF THE WAY ON YOUR SCRAP. easy-peasy you'll see!!


Jan 22, 2011

If you don't understand the directions, look at the drawing again. You cut ONE piece, 10 or 12" wide and at least 72" long. Cut a 12" slit at each end, forming two "tails" at each end. Do your threads as she says. Then sew a straight line starting at the center of one tail on one end, all the way to the end of the corresponding tail on the other end. Repeat on the other side. And be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line. That's all. I hope this helps someone.


Jan 9, 2011

I went to her site and she's a little more clear that each strip you cut creates a scarf. If you are making one scarf cut a 10-12" strip from a 72" long piece of T-shirt weight fabric.


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