Recycled T-shirt Scarf Ideas

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Take an old t-shirt and make it into one of these pretty scarves. Look for specific colors and fabric in thrift stores or garage sales.


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

Shabby Chic T-Shirt Scarf

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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.)

  2. 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.

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  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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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.

two finished scarves hanging

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Here's a unique scarf created from an XL or XXL t-shirt that would make a great Christmas or birthday gift. Add a coordinating handmade flower pin to make it even more stylish.

Spiral Scarf 2

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February 1, 2010

A barbwire t-shirt scarf its knitted from t-shirts, I but can't find out how many stitches I need to knit the scarf. Does anyone have the pattern? I was not able to post a photo. But it can be found on-line under Type in barbwire t-shirt scarf.


By marie


February 2, 20100 found this helpful

Looks like 8-10 stitches for a large needle, maybe size 12-13.

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