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Colorblocked T Shirt Scarf

By: Calley Pate from The Eco Chic Blog

Recycle some old, ratty t-shirts into a stylish, colorblocked t shirt scarf. This stylish scarf from Calley Pate is easy to make, and all you need are a few old t-shirts from the donate pile.

Colorblocked T-Shirt Scarf


  • 2 adult t-shirts
  • A sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors


  1. Decide how wide you want your scarf to be. I used a scarf I had on hand as a guide.
  2. Cut strips from your shirts. I cut about 8″ wide strips starting from the bottom of the shirt (cute through both sides). Remove arms and neck pieces.

    Colorblocked T-Shirt Scarf
  3. After I cut the width strips I cut those strips into 12″ lengths (approx. size only – all sizes can vary).
  4. Decide on a pattern and color scheme by laying the strips out the way you would like them on your scarf.
  5. Pin the front sides of two (2) pieces – continue this process all the way down the length of your scarf. My length was about five (5) pieces – well over 6 ft total.

    Colorblocked T-Shirt Scarf
  6. Repeat these steps for the back side of scarf. *My version has two (2) sides and at the end will look like a tube before it’s turned to the right side.
  7. Begin sewing where your pins are leaving about 1/4-1/2″ seam allowance.

    Colorblocked T-Shirt Scarf
  8. After you have the desired lengths sewn then you can begin sewing the front and back sides together.
  9. I sewed down one long side, one short side, and the other long side – leaving the final short side open – right sides facing (inside out).
  10. On the final short side sew 2/3 of the way across (still with right sides facing).
  11. Turn your scarf so right sides are facing out. You may choose to iron the back side before flipping to allow the seams to lay nicely.
  12. Hand stitch the remaining hole closed using a blind stitch (which I’m not sure I’ve really learned or mastered but it looks good to me).
  13. You are now ready to wear your scarf!
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Wow, this is a unique idea, to me anyway. I would have never thought to do something like this. It is a great way to give your old t-shirts new life, and make something unique to you (or a friend) that no one else has. Thank you for sharing the idea with us!

This looks like fun. Thank you

What a great idea....fashionable upcycling...thanks for sharing...I have my tee shirts already picked out.

What a FANTASTIC idea.............thanks !!!!

love the idea - my daughters are in competitive sports and we alway collect t-shirts as they grow out and wear out, this is a perfect memory use!



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