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Knotted T-shirt Scarf



Learn how to make a scarf from a T-shirt with this thrifty upcycling tutorial. Whip up a knotted t-shirt scarf for a trendy look on the cheap.

If you loved making this tee shirt scarf, be sure to check out the Scrunchy Tee Shirt Scarf and Braided T-Shirt Necklace!  You can also find many more tee shirt crafts in our article, "How to Make a Tee Shirt Scarf + 13 Tee Shirt Crafts"!

Knotted T-Shirt Scarf


  • Old T-shirt
  • Scissors


  1. Grab a tee shirt and lay out flat.

    Knotted T-Shirt Scarf
  2. Starting at the bottom, cut one inch wide rings. (You can use the hem if you want) You should get around 16 rings.

    Knotted T-Shirt Scarf
  3. Stretch out each ring and wrap around your hand three to four times. The more times you wrap around the shorter and thicker your scarf will be.

    Knotted T-Shirt Scarf
  4. Carefully remove the rings from your hand and set aside. Repeat with each strip.

    Knotted T-Shirt Scarf
  5. Cut this two inch long strips from the remaining shirt. Stretch the strip out and tie two of the rings together. Tie together the rest of the rings creating a chain. You can leave it like that for a scarf or tie the chain together forming a circle scarf. (as pictured at top) Snip off the excess ties and you're done! Feeling extra festive? Use more than one tee shirt for a more colorful look.

    Knotted T-Shirt Scarf

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Ratings & Comments (20)

Jun 20, 2014

i will be making this out of tie dye shirts that i made that arent up to par for being sold at craft fairs and festivals, but the scarves DEFINITELY will sell those imperfect shirts. YAY!!!


Apr 13, 2013

It was a bit confusing at first but then I re-read and looked at the picture! Only one question ladies, when they say cut rings, do you just cut strips or starting say at bottom, cut up then turn and cut back down?


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Feb 10, 2013

Looks good. I'm going to have a go. Rosie in UK


Apr 29, 2012

Yes I like the scarf very much ,going make one but Ladies when you wash please wash by hand and let lay on towel to dry flat just turn over couple times bonnie


Apr 29, 2012

I don't understand step number 5.


Mar 15, 2012

I made this t shirt scarf. I used a new mens long sleeve t shirt. I made the mistake of washing it - it turned into stringy-spaghetti. Very disappointing.


Mar 7, 2012

I think it's amazing, and i'm in my sixties! Definitely goin to make some of these. So clever and eye-catching! Thank you Marion in the UK


Feb 7, 2012

I'd wear this scarf and I'm 61.


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