One of my most recent finds is a scarf made from old t-shirts. The tutorial I followed was by DoughMama and is a great one. I have a few small changes that I thought made it a little easier and another that made a scarf for my 6 year old too from the same shirts! So, here you go!!
Select 2 or 3 T-shirts that you would like to use. I choose black, red, and white for this scarf. For another scarf, I used purple, grey, and white. Use 100% cotton and it doesn’t matter if there is a decal, but I tried to get ones with small decals or emblems. If the shirt does have anything on it, turn it inside out before you continue.
Cut the bottom edge of the shirt off. (In other tutorials, they say to keep this for a later step).
Next you will cut the shirt. You want to cut through both the fron and back sides at the same time making a big loop. I spaced my cuts about 1 generous inch apart.
Keep cutting until you get up to the arm holes of the shirt. (Just keep cutting, just keep cutting, just keep cutting, cutting. What do we do, we cut….. ) (tee hee))
Right about there.
Now you are going to take and streach each loop. This will make the shirt roll on the cut endes and make it nice and big.
Now you will loop it around your hand. Depending on the shirt, I made it loop 5 or 6 times around my fingers.
So when you have cut, streached, and looped each of your colors, they should look kind of like this. I ended up with about 16 loops for each color from 1 mens XL shirt. I used between 8-9 loops on each scarf. Another tutorial told me to use 10-11 or evven 12 per scarf. That made it too long for my taste, but maybe I just didn’t wrap my loops small enough.
The other tutorials told me at this point to take the bottom edge of the t-shirts that we cut off and saved earlier and cut them into 4-5 inche pieces. This is what you will tie your scarf together with. I found that these were really difficult to work with! I opted to do something a little different.
After struggling with using the bottem hem of the shirt, I decided to try something different. I cut the sleeves from the t-shirt and then cut the body of the shirt up into 1 inch ribbons as well. Then I gave these a good stretch and cut them into 6 inch pieces. Then I used them to tie the scarf pieces together. It was SOOOOO much easier and then I trimmed the tie pieces to be smaller afterwards.
Here are a few pieces tied together. You can alternate using all the colors of the different shirts or just use 1.
So here is a picture of my scarf completed. Pardon my Saturday sweatshirt. The scarf looks great with my real clothes!
Now for the mini-version of this scarf. Remember the sleves that we cut off earlier? I cut off the hem from the edge and then cut it into about 3/4 inch (or just slightly larger) strips. The trick with this one is to keep your strips straight. The sleves curve at the top and so don’t judge by the side that attaches to the shirt or your scarf will turn out wierd. I think I got between 5 strips per sleve.
Continue making the mini scarf the same way as the larger one. The loops are smaller (as you can see) but I just wrapped them around 3 fingers about 4 times.
Here is the finished scarf on my 6 year old. I actually liked the smaller size a lot and was a little jealous of her scaf!!
I would love to see your finished scarfs! Comment with a link and I will come and see!
So I was getting “yelled” at whenever I went to post on my blog to update the version of WordPress that I was using. I was DREADING this since the last time I did, I lost all my past posts. Finally I gave in and decided to update today. I followed EVERY step of the tutorials making backups of EVERYTHING from here to kingdom come, and yet- ALL posts are gone! Sigh. The database didn’t back up properly and was lost. Apparently there is no undoing this and so we are going to have to start from scratch – again.
On the up side, I had just decided to make this blog my kid crafts and activities blog where I focus more on fun things to do for kids and a little felt and take my personal blog to another domain. That way I’m not broadcasting my personal things all over the internet and I keep this one more fun! So I guess it is good to make a fresh start (Google, please don’t hate me!). I know that I can go and find Cached pages, so I will do that in the hopes of saving some of the posts.
Sorry for the craziness- All part of the fun I guess!