Recycled T-shirt Scarf

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



  • 1-2 t-shirts
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • sewing machine


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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January 16, 20120 found this helpful

Very cute. Can make any color, I'm thinking :)

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