DIY T-Shirt Scarf

Scarves are a great fashion accessory to jazz up any outfit, but buying them can be expensive sometimes. If you have some old t-shirts you're ready to part with, you can easily convert them into your own DIY scarf appropriate for any season.


  • Two or more different coloured old t-shirts of soft, thin, stretchy material. Jersey fabric works wonders, but any type of worn out cotton is suitable. You want to pick colours and patterns that go well together. I typically choose one solid colour and a simple pattern like stripes or polka dots, but you can also make a solid colour scarf if you please.
  • Fabric scissors
  • A needle and thread
  • Beads (optional)


  1. Gather the t-shirts you are going to use and lay them out on a flat surface. Make sure you wash them first.
  2. Begin by taking your fabric scissors and removing the sleeves from your shirts. Put them aside and save them until the end.
  3. Separate the t-shirt along the side seams to make it easier to cut long strips. The width of your strips will depend on how thick you want your scarf to look. 1 to 1 1/2 inch strips create a medium sized scarf when looped and braided.
  4. Cut strips of the t-shirt as long as you can, removing the hemmed edges as you go. Lengths may end up varying and that's okay! Keep those hemmed edges you cut off as scraps and set them aside with the sleeves you removed earlier.
  5. Take your strips of fabric and pull on them gently. The edges should naturally curl under.
  6. Start organising the strips together in the way you want your scarf to look. I suggest a mix of braiding, looping, and weaving, twisting the different shirts together as you go to give it a blended look. If you're adding beads or other accessories, now is the time to introduce them into your scarf.
  7. Once you are satisfied with your creation, lay your newly formed scarf on a flat surface and take the scraps of hemmed edges you set aside earlier. Use these to tie off the ends of the scarf. If you have extra, feel free to add some decorative ribbons to your scarf as you like.
  8. Next, take the sleeves you cut off in step two and wrap them around the end of your scarf. This not only covers any ties and knots you may not want showing, but also creates a smooth part that won't irritate the back of your neck when wearing it.
  9. With your needle and thread, sew the wrapping together on the inside of your scarf that will rest against your neck. Tie it off and you're done!

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