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Recycled T-shirt Scarf Ideas

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A creative reuse of this comfortable material, is making a scarf. This guide contains recycled t-shirt scarf ideas.


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October 2, 2015

This scarf is quick, fun, and easy to make and no sewing involved.

Shabby Chic T-Shirt Scarf

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December 13, 2011

Before discarding t-shirts you no longer wear, consider making a lightweight scarf out of them. This scarf is light enough to wear year-round and would make a great, inexpensive Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for teen on your list!

Approximate Time: less than 1 hour



Note: If you don't have a rotary cutter and mat for this project, you could use scissors and a ruler to cut out your squares, but it goes quicker using the cutter and mat.


  1. First, spread t-shirt out on cutting mat and use rotary cutter and trim away neck band, hem, and sleeves. Cut the body and sleeves of the shirt into 4-inch squares. (It takes about 35-40 squares. You could add more if you prefer a longer scarf.)

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  3. Place the squares, one by one, on top of each other in a diamond pattern. The tip of one square should be centered on the middle of the square underneath it. Pin squares in place until all squares have been pinned together.

  4. Sew a zig-zag or straight stitch down the middle of the entire scarf.

By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC


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By 4 found this helpful
July 16, 2015

Use your old or unwanted t-shirts and lightweight sweaters, or knit fabric scraps to make this fun infinity scarf. Keep it simple with solids or get creative with prints or embellished t-shirts. In the scarf pictured on the right, I used all solids. In the scarf on the left, I had some fun with some t-shirts with patterns, embroidery, imprints, and studs.

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 1 scarf


  • 6 ft scraps of knit fabric, t-shirts, or lightweight sweaters ($0)
  • 1 spool matching thread ($1.50)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • tape measure


  1. Gather your fabrics. I used a combination of t-shirts and knit fabric scraps.
  2. Cut about 10 strips, each 16" wide and 6 to 8" high. Vary the height to get a more random look.
  3. Arrange the strips of fabric to get a nice color variation. Then sew the strips together into a long row. Combine enough strips until you have a length of about 72". Press seams open.
  4. Fold in half lengthwise, pin and stitch, matching seams. Press seam open. Turn right side out.
  5. Pin ends together, lining up seam. Machine stitch as much of the ends together as you can. You'll then have to hand stitch the remaining opening.
  6. Press as needed. Enjoy!
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