How to Make a Scarf From T-Shirts

    by Rosenya Faith

    About the Author

    Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.


    Turn an old T-shirt into a new and stylish scarf to wear with one of your favorite outfits. You can use a neutral, solid-colored T-shirt to make the scarf for a fashion accessory that will match anything, or use a bright and patterned T-shirt to make a scarf that stands out and gets attention. The scarf is a project that offers a creative way to recycle and requires absolutely no sewing.

    Things You'll Need

    • Chalk
    • Scissors
    • Seam ripper
    • Tape measure

    Lay the T-shirt on your work surface. Draw a line across your shirt from underarm to underarm with a piece of chalk. Cut across the line. Discard the fabric that includes the sleeves and the neckline or use this section for another craft project. You should now have a square-shaped piece of fabric, still attached at the side seams.

    Turn the remainder of the shirt inside out and open one of the side seams with a seam ripper.

    Open the shirt and lay it flat so it makes one large rectangle. Open the remaining seam with the seam ripper, beginning at the cut edge of the fabric and stopping about 2 inches from the T-shirt hemline.

    Make 2 inch long slits along the cut edge of the T-shirt. Make one slit about every 1 inch, all the way across.

    Rip each of the slits upward toward the hemline until you reach about 2 inches from the hemline. Continue all the way across with each of the slits. As you rip each slit, the T-shirt fabric will curl a little bit to make a fringe for the scarf.

    • Cut your T-shirt off just under the arms and fringe the top and bottom edges for a no-sew tubular infinity scarf.


    • 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Tie & Rock Your Scarf; Faith Blakeney, et al.

    Photo Credits

    • Hemera Technologies/ Images