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How to Make a Scarf Out of an Old T-Shirt

If you have a stack of old T-shirts that sit in your dresser, unworn, why not get some use out of one of them by transforming it into a scarf?


  • Step 1: Select T-shirt Select an old T-shirt for your project. Use a shirt that is multi-colored, has a favorite pattern or logo, or is one solid color.
  • Step 2: Determine size of scarf Determine the length and width of your new scarf. A standard scarf is 60 to 70 inches long.
  • Step 3: Mark T-shirt Mark the T-shirt with chalk to set the desired width and length of your scarf. Draw a line that connects the length marks and a line that connects the width marks to form a chalk rectangle pattern.
  • TIP: Decide whether to cut the T-shirt horizontally or vertically depending on which cut will better display the designs on the shirt.
  • Step 4: Cut out the rectangles Cut out the rectangles using your scissors and following the chalk lines. Cut through both the top and bottom of the T-shirt to produce two equal-sized rectangles.
  • Step 5: Pin rectangles together Pin the short ends of the rectangle together, right sides facing each other.
  • Step 6: Sew short end Sew the short end of the rectangle pieces together, leaving a half-inch seam.
  • Step 7: Remove pins and iron seam Remove the pins and iron the seam flat. Then fold the scarf lengthwise, with the right sides facing each other.
  • Step 8: Pin length of rectangle and one short end Pin the length of the rectangle and one short end to hold the pieces together. Then sew the long end and one short end together.
  • Step 9: Turn scarf right-side out Turn the scarf right-side out by pulling the right sides through the unsewn edge. Then, glue the edges together using fabric glue.
  • FACT: The first cotton mill in America began operation in December 1790.

You Will Need

  • Old T-shirt
  • Yard stick
  • Chalk
  • Sewing scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Fabric glue

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