Put This In Your Hobby Pocket

17 Jan

My newest obsession is making scarves out of old t-shirts.  They’re easy to make and super cute.  I’ll show you how.

You’ll need: two extra-large t-shirts (either identical t-shirts or complimentary ones – the shirts can be patterned or plain, though I would stay away from white); and a good pair of scissors (fabric scissors are ideal).

Place one shirt face up on a flat surface.  Cut off the bottom, just above the seam.  Discard strip with seam.  Beginning at the bottom and working your way up, cut the shirt into approximately one-inch, horizontal strips (err on the side of larger than an inch).  Continue until you have cut your last strip just under the shirt armpits.  (Depending on the length of the shirt, you should have approximately 12-15 strips, but the exact number really doesn’t matter.)  Put the top of the shirt (sleeves and up) aside for now.  Repeat entire cutting exercise with second shirt.

Take your shirt strips and stretch them gently.  The strips will become a lot thinner as they are stretched.  If you run your hands along the entire circle of the strip, it should stretch out nicely.  If possible, keep the amount of stretch consistent with each strip.  When you have stretched each piece, arrange them neatly in one large loop.

Cut a thin strip (approximately 6 inches long, not a circle) from a piece of the top of the shirt that you set aside.  Use this strip to tie the loop together securely.  You are done!

Best. Homemade. Scarf. Ever.

For more creative crafts, follow me on Twitter: @dizmoore

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7 Responses to “Put This In Your Hobby Pocket”

  1. Briana January 18, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    Thank you for teaching this to me! I am having a crafting day with my girls where we are going to make these asap.
    Love you!

  2. rika January 18, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    these are my new addiction! i can’t look at a t-shirt, at a store, on some unknowing wearer, or in the laundry without thinking about cutting in up into a new scarf… good thing i don’t have scissors in my purse. anymore.

  3. Molly January 19, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    You’re a genius, Dez! LOVE everything about this site!

  4. Cindy January 20, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    Wow your scarf came out really well 🙂 These pictures and directions are so clear and concise.

  5. Liz Kelly January 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    I just asked JonMarc for some of his old t-shirts so I can get crafty this weekend! Hope you and Abe are doing great.

  6. Pam February 1, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    I’m so excited about my new scarf and had fun making it! Can’t wait to see more posts like this. Love the site!

    • Diz February 4, 2012 at 8:16 am #

      Thanks, Pam!

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