Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY: Recycled T-Shirt Scarf

This is a super simple way to use up some old t-shirts that you have lying around. It really only takes about 10 minutes to turn an old t-shirt into a super cute scarf! So here is the step by step!
What you need is an old t-shirt (with no seams down the side), a good pair of scissors, and a big tapestry needle.

First cut off the bottom hem of the t-shirt and put it aside.

Now cut the t-shirt into thin strips.

Keep cutting until you reach the armpits and have a pile like this!

Now this is the fun part. Take one strip and stretch it. As it stretches the side of the loop will curl into themselves.

Which will look something like this after you are done stretching. Be careful if you are using a t-shirt with some tiny holes in it, as it will causes the loop to break. So stretch gently!

Keep on stretching until you get a pile like this!

Now you can either trim the seam off the hem or use a loop that broke while stretching for this next part. But basically you want a string made out off a t-shirt loop.

Take all your loops and hold them together. We are going to use the t-shirt string to hold all your loops together. You do this by simply wrapping the t-shirt string around the loops.

Keep wrapping it around, make sure to hide the starter end.

Keep wrapping until it looks something like this.

Now grab that huge needle and use it to weave in the ends of the t-shirt string.

And you are done! Now you can do a lot with this simple idea. If you had a bunch of loops that broke, you can add beads to them and tie the ends, you can braid them, you can use multiple t-shirts for a thicker scarf, you can combine colors for a multicolored scarf, you can use white t-shirts and then dye them afterward in a ombre style. Really the possibilities are endless!


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