How to Make a T-Shirt Scarf

Originally posted 2015-05-22 08:00:29.

Make a Fabulous Scarf with a T-Shirt

Judging by these projects (Making a Top out of a Man’s Tshirt, Turning Men’s Tshirts into Dresses, and How to Alter a Man’s Tshirt), I love making things using t-shirts! They are comfortable, economical, and are in abundance wherever you go! For this project, we are going to use the lower half of a shirt to make a t-shirt scarf. (The upper half will be saved for another project!)

Make a T-Shirt Scarf


  • T-shirt, any size
  • Long ruler or yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Washable markers (<– affiliate link!)
  • Dye, if desired

Wash and dry the t-shirt, especially if it is new. This removes any chemical sizing from the manufacturer.

Lay the shirt on a flat surface. Use the ruler and a washable marker to draw a line across the shirt approximately 1″ below the sleeves. Cut the top of the shirt away and put it in a safe place… We’ll make another project with it later!

Make a T-Shirt Scarf_Cut

Make a T-Shirt Scarf_Ruler

Cut the hem off of the lower portion of the t-shirt.

Make a T-Shirt Scarf_Remove Hem

Fold the remaining portion of the shirt in half and cut along the fold.

Make a T-Shirt Scarf_Fold

Cut each piece apart, and pin the right sides of each piece together. Sew using a serged seam or a zig-zag on a regular sewing machine. If you’d like the scarf to be an infinity scarf, sew the other ends to each other. If not, don’t worry about it! Stitch a hem in one long edge. This will keep the scarf from stretching out and rolling which will distort the look of the scarf.

Make a T-Shirt Scarf_Seam

Use the ruler and a washable marker to draw a line 2″ up from the unhemmed edge. Cut 1/2″ fringe pieces along this 2″ section. Pull each piece as it is cut to make it roll on itself. Knot it at the ends, if desired.

Make a T-Shirt Scarf_Cut Fringe

Make a T-Shirt Scarf_Pulled Fringe

Make a T-Shirt Scarf_Pre Wash

Dye the scarf, if desired. I used Tulip One-Step Tie Dye (because it is AWESOME!). They have awesomely bright colors!

Make a T-Shirt Scarf_Dye

Make a T-Shirt Scarf_Completed

So that is it – another fabulous project using a t-shirt that is quick, easy, and inexpensive! What type of shirt would you use to make a t-shirt scarf – plain or a printed t-shirt? Share your ideas below!


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