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T Shirt Scarf

By: Paul Overton of DudeCraft

This project falls into the "easy" category, even for beginners. If you can sew a relatively straight line and can use straight pins without putting your eye out, success is all but guaranteed. This T Shirt Scarf is a great way to use up all those precious tee shirts that are just too precious to part with.  Create one-of-a-kind accessories with your old band shirts, sports shirts, or from the shirts representing your favorite bands. 

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T-Shirt Scarf Tutorial


  • 2 old tee shirts
  • Scissors
  • Cutting Mat
  • Fabric Pins
  • Sewing Machine



  1. Select two old t-shirts.

    T-Shirt Scarf

  2. Cut the T-shirts into strips. I made mine 8" wide, but you can use any width you want. Also, I cut my strips horizontally to highlight the t-shirt's designs, but cutting vertically will work just as well.

    T-Shirt Scarf

  3. Select two strips to begin with and pin them right side together on one of the short sides.

    T-Shirt Scarf

    T-Shirt Scarf

  4. Sew along the side you pinned.

    T-Shirt Scarf

  5. Keep repeating this process until you have two pieces that are the length that you want the scarf to be when it is finished.

    T-Shirt Scarf

  6. With right sides facing each other, pin the long sides of the two pieces together and sew, making sure to leave the ends open.

    T-Shirt Scarf

  7. Turn the scarf right side out and stitch the ends closed about two inches from the bottom. In this photo, my pieces are two different lengths. I cut the green piece to even them up after I sewed the end shut. No worries!

    T-Shirt Scarf

  8. Make fringe at the end simply by cutting slits with your scissors.

    T-Shirt Scarf

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I'm wondering why this project only shows having three stars when everyone who reviewed it gave it five? Great idea for re-purposing old tees!!! Thanks )

Could also make some out of girls t-shirts with the hearts, glittery stars, pinks, princess, flowers, etc. with rhinestones on them would be great. Use some of their own t-shirts and teach them how to make them for themselves and friends for gifts.

I am going to try this and as I was reading it an idea hit me I have kept all my daddy's ties after he passed and some are really neat and so out of date they should be making a come back soon lol but some of them are really wide and I am thinking I could try this t-shirt craft into a tie scarf and give to my brother and his 2 boys for fathers day

I think this has to be my absolute alltime favorite pattern shown on here. Great job and so darn easy too. Thank you. Now I know what to do with all of the t-shirts with great logos I have been saving for so long.!!!!!

This is so easy and such a great idea, and what a way to recycle! I bet we can even please our kids with this one, by using their old t-shirts. Thank you for taking the time to post this.

thats a really cool idea, it would be a neat way to recycle concert t shirts or vintage slogan t shirts.

This is so cool and what a way to recyle.


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