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DIY Tutorial: Tubular T-Shirt Scarves


DIY Tutorials on how to make scarves out of tee shirts

Winter is just around the corner, and you know what that means: scarf season!

Yes, one of the best parts of winter’s arrival is my favorite style basic: scarves. They’re easy to throw on and a definite staple for fall. Problem is, scarves cost money, so being the economically responsible person I am, I decided to whip up not one but TWO scarves from one shirt, and best of all, they’re FREE!

So do you know what time it is? That’s right- get your scissors out, girls: it’s DIY time! I’m going to show you how to make a fringed scarf AND a tube scarf from one t-shirt, all for $0 dollars. Eat your heart out, American Apparel.

What You Need:


1. An oversized, old, and/or unwanted t-shirt
2. A marker (or something to make marks with)
3. Scissors

How to Make the Fringe Scarf

Step 1:


Take the shirt of your choosing and turn it so the side you want to be visible is on the inside.

If you want to hide the decal or whatever, make sure the decal is on the outside and vice versa. However, I just want to make a  note that if you use a shirt with a design on it, the design colors will probably become visible one way or another because the fringe will flip sometimes. So If you want a solid colored fringe scarf, use a shirt with no design on it.

Step 2:

DIY Scarf tutorial step 2

Measure out about 10 or so inches and make a mark in the center of the shirt. Then make a mark on each side of the shirt about one inch above the bottom of each shirt sleeve. Connect all three dots in an arch-like shape (see above).

Step 3:

DIY scarf tutorial, step 3

Cut off the shirt sleeves. (This makes it easier to cut out the scarf shape.)

Step 4:

DIY scarf tutorial step 4

Cut along the arched line you drew earlier and pull apart. (Make sure you cut both layers!) Put the bottom half aside (we will use it later).

Step 5:

Scarf tutorial, step 5

Make a mark under the center of the neck hole and then measure about an inch away from both ends of the neck hole and make two other marks. After you make the marks, connect them by drawing another arch. (Don’t stress, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s going to be round no matter what.)

Step 6:

How to make a scarf out of a tee shirt

Cut along the arch line you drew and pull apart.

Step 7:

Scarf tutorial, step 7

Starting at the center, cut a straight line until you get to about half an inch away from the top of the fabric. (Make sure you are cutting both the bottom and the top layers.) Then measure about 2 centimeters to the left or right and cut another line. Repeat this until you get the whole piece of fabric looking like the above picture.

Voila! Scarf 1 Complete!

It should look something like this:

Fringe scarf

My scarf has lots of colors because the inside of the shirt I used had red and blue designs on the shirt.

I really like it – it’s very Parisian. However, if you want your fringe scarf to be one solid color, try and find a shirt with no design on either side in the color of your choosing, or get creative and experiment with shirts with different patterns.

How to Make the Tube Scarf:

Step 1:

How to make a tube scarf - step 1

Take the remnants of the bottom half of the shirt. (The part I told you to put aside.) Draw a straight line across, then cut along the line.

Step 2:

Tube scarf tutorial, step 2

Pull apart the two fabrics. Yay, scarf 2 is completed!

It should look something like this:

Circle scarf

Or you can wrap it twice around your neck like this:

How to wear a circle scarf

There you have it – two scarves from one t-shirt!

And just to give you some perspective, did you know that American Apparel’s circle scarf, costs a whopping $37 dollars?!  Meanwhile Urban Outfitter’s similarly styled fringe scarves range from 30-40 dollars. I love my AA and UO as much as the next girl, but $30+ dollars for a scarf? I think I’ll pass- especially when you can make the exact same thing in 5 minutes and  for free!

Honestly, this DIY is so easy, and versatile, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to do try it out. You can experiment with so many patterns and designs – I get excited just thinking about the possibilities.

Your Thoughts?

What do you guys think? Did you like this tutorial? Are you gonna be rocking your DIY scarves proudly? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on November 1, 2009 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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84 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Tubular T-Shirt Scarves”

  1. 1
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I’m excited to try this! I have so many shirts I don’t like any more.

  2. 2
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    WOW! this is about recyle&being SO FASHION!
    i love it?, i would do it ;)

  3. 3
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Yes, yes, and yes.

    Looks like I now have something to do this sunday!

  4. 4
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    so so so cool! thanks for a great idea!

  5. 5
    November 1st, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Oh my God, I love you for this. :)

    I’m so trying it on my old tees. (:

    YOU ARE A GENIUS. (: <3333


  6. 6
    November 1st, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Omg! This is genius! These are exactly the types of scarves I was looking into buying but was deterred by the prices.

    I’m going to go do this right now! Thanks for the awesome ideas!

  7. 7
    November 1st, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I really love your blog, it helped a lot in the last weeks.

    Can´t you do more DIY tutorials?

  8. 8
    November 1st, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    i really like DIY. here is a link to a great blog about it, sometimes the ideas are a bit crazy, but i mostly use it for inspiration

  9. 9
    November 1st, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    super cute! i just made a fringe scarf i love it

  10. 10
    November 1st, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    love love love! awesome idea. more diy stuff please!

  11. 11
    November 1st, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Love the idea. I am going to try it with many different shirts i don’t use. You should do more DIY post.

  12. 12
    November 1st, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I’m am in awe… How did you think of this?! They’re absolutely gorgeous! Thanks to you, I’ll be able to transform my boring outfits into something really cute!

  13. 13
    November 1st, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    This is seriously SO cool Kim! I love it! What a great idea!

  14. 14
    November 1st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I made the fringe scarf with a tie dye shirt… AMAZING!
    Thanks soooo much! It is really cute.


  15. 15
    November 1st, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Kimmi, this is really great. Time to DIY it up today, thanks!
    Keep the blogs coming sweet thang.

  16. 16
    November 1st, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I love this! I can’t wait to try it. I wear scarves all the time and this was perfect for winter. I would love to see more DIY posts, too! Especially ones involving old articles of clothing.

  17. 17
    November 1st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    wow, kim! i love it!
    you’re such a genius. :)

  18. 18
    November 1st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    What a fantastic project. Keep the DIY stuff coming :)

  19. 19
    November 1st, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I love the DIY article! I too would love to see more! These scarves aren’t my style but I love that they are super easy to make yourself!

  20. 20
    November 2nd, 2009 at 5:16 am

    cool idea ~ i’m gonna make one too~

  21. 21
    November 2nd, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I.LOVE.THIS! I am going to try this today. Thanks for the post! Lets see some more DIY!

  22. 22
    November 2nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    This is fantastic! I wanted to try out these style scarves but wasn’t sure they looked good on me and didn’t want to spend the money to find out. This is a perfect way to try it out!

    Would love to see more DIY tutorials, esp. easy ones like this one. There’s one on YouTube for making a tote bag out of a shirt and duct tape (…it’s from the Today Show, I think.

  23. 23
    November 2nd, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I thought these would be a little odd to actually wear, but I made them an am really enjoying the chic arty-ness of the fringe one, though I still stink the plain one looks weird on me.

  24. 24
    November 2nd, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    This is a great post!

    Please do more DIY tips!!

  25. 25
    November 3rd, 2009 at 12:03 am

    ooooo yes i love your tutorial! can’t wait to try it!

  26. 26
    November 3rd, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Hey that is quite odd stuff you have did. This is nice imagination i would say…

  27. 27
    November 3rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I just did this to my shirt. i can’t believe i just got TWO scarves for free and they’re sooooo cute. Thanks man.

  28. 28
    November 4th, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Check out this fab website for more DIY tips and trends! features video podcasts and step by step guides on creating some stylish pieces for your wardrobe!

  29. 29
    November 4th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    You make your new fringe scarf look effortless and chique.
    My new fringe scarf looks like I just cut up an old t-shirt.

    Great ideas… I guess I’m just not that creative!

  30. 30
    November 4th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Very simple, but very interesting tutorial! I’m excited to try this out.

  31. 31
    November 8th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    More DIY posts please. Expanding my wardrobe without killing my bank account is so much fun! I’ve been eying tube scarves in stores but didn’t want to spend that much on one (I have so many scarves already!). Now my new, free one is my favorite fall accessory.

    It even inspired me to DIY a warmer version to wear once colder weather hits. I was just going to use your idea but with a sweatshirt instead of a T, but couldn’t find an appropriate one. Instead I bought a yard of thicker fabric, cut a big strip of it (so I had 36×20-ish inch rectangle) and sewed both ends together. It took only too a few minutes and cost $4.

  32. 32
    November 11th, 2009 at 3:37 am

    love it! i’m always getting t-shirts for free and i never wear them… btw, you can also use the sleeves as headbands :) i’ve been doing that for years but never the scarf thing!

  33. 33
    December 12th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    omg i can not wait to try this!!!!!!!!

  34. 34
    December 24th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    i’m doing this right now! lol

  35. 35
    January 3rd, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    This works so well! I love the tube one!!!

  36. 36
    January 9th, 2010 at 4:05 am

    please put up more DIY
    love this stuff

  37. 37
    January 18th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Yes! This is amazing, I’ll be for sure trying this out when I can make a trip to the thrift store to pick up some super cheap crazy tees. All i can say is that I’ve loved your DIY posts, please keep em coming! :) they’re some of the more chic ones i’ve managed to find while browsing the net.

  38. 38
    February 21st, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    so I loved this post and thought it was a brilliant idea… But I was willing to ruin any of my shirts… So finally today I found a shirt with a hole in it that couldn’t be fixed and imeaditly started this! Well the results are a great!! I didn’t use a t-shirt so the neck of the shirt stayed in place…. Overall great diy!

  39. 39
    March 23rd, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I am in love with the shredded scarf!! I have tons of t-shirts that would look so cute as this!

    I’ve featured this tutorial on my blog today, thanks so much for sharing!!

  40. 40
    June 3rd, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    LOVE this! thanks for the idea :)

  41. 41
    June 10th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    This is great! I have a whole drawer of old t-shirts I can’t bear to throw away, I will definitely be trying this. I’m especially a fan of the tube scarf, I might work a little embroidery into it to make it more interesting. :)

  42. 42
    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:17 am

    just completed this project out of my old high school seniors shirt (electric blue…so i loved the color) glad i am able to rock the shirt in a cool new way
    thanks :)

  43. 43
    October 23rd, 2010 at 3:27 am

    i love this! i just made two tube scarves and one fringed scarf :)
    i put them both on at the same time, because they are both quite short and the fringe one is a little weird, but together, it looks great! :)

  44. 44
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I attempted the infinity scarf with a black and white striped t-shirt I got at a local thrift store for $2 and it came out awesome! Super comfy too :) Love this idea and my friends are going to be jealous

  45. 45
    January 22nd, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I bet this would work great with a super soft shirt made from Pima Cotton.

  46. 46
    January 23rd, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    This worked for me, and it is soooo adorable! I’m making some for my roomie for her b-day next month too!

  47. 47
    January 23rd, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    My fringe scarf was really short. :/ Still kind of cute, just not as cute as the one in the picture. Although I really like the designs on mine. I’ll wear it around and see if I can grow to like it better.

  48. 48
    March 18th, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Looks easy to make. Time to make use to those old tshirts I’ve grown out of!

  49. 49
    July 11th, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Hey, thanks for the tutorial! I’ve just made this and I have LOTS of ideas how to make it even cooler!:) I also added white paint to my dark blue tube scarf, and it looks fabulous!. <3

  50. 50
    August 11th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    This is amazing! I just tried it and it looks so good, thanks for sharing!

  51. 51
    August 16th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    The fringe idea is so good! I’ve never seen one and if you hadn’t said it was a t-shirt I never would have known!

  52. 52
    August 29th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I just made mine! I love it. I used the first old shirt I found and I don’t like the colors.. But The style is great! Thanks!

  53. 53
    August 30th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    I absolutelyyy adore this DIY! Typically when I see DIY’s I rave about how amazing they are and I think about how cute they would be if executed properly…but then never take the time to try. I am so excited to say that this habit will not reign true for this DIY. As soon as I am done posting this comment I will begin digging through my closet in order to produce a massive stack of tshirts that will turn into an impressive collection of scarves!

  54. 54
    August 30th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Follow up to the comment I just posted, I accidently included the wrong URL for my blog in case any one was even remotely interested, so if you are to click on my name, use this post and not the last one.

    and once again an amazingg diy

  55. 55
    September 4th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    im so excited to try this! is there any need to hem the cut edge for the tubular scarf? my bf wanted to throw away a perfectly good Ralph Lauren Polo today and i saved it with this tutorial in mind :) hehehe hopefully the material works alright… experimenting!

  56. 56
    September 23rd, 2011 at 9:51 pm


  57. 57
    September 25th, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Aah! That is so awesome! :D

  58. 58
    October 12th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    The fringe scarf is almost like a bib necklace. :) Cool idea. :)

  59. 59
    October 20th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Wow, awesome weblog format! How lengthy have you been running a blog for? you make blogging look easy. The whole glance of your website is wonderful, let alone the content!

  60. 60
    October 22nd, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Love it! <3 Lets hope i dont suck at doing this! :D

  61. 61
    November 26th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Ilove this. I put some silver beads on the bottom or a black one I made. Gives it a little edge and its super cute!

  62. 62
    December 12th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I did both but cut them apart first…. and I did a brown Ombre dip effect on the fringe scarf and a solid red with a brown tie dye affect on the tube one. They both came out amazingly and even look good togethor. God I love RIT dye. And your tutorial. Thanks for that.

  63. 63
    January 18th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Great scarf ideas! Have you ever done some scattered beading on the fringed one? Just a thought – knots could hold the beads in place. Just thinking. You did a great job with your instructions.

  64. 64
    February 12th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    The best thing about this crafting project is….. EVERYONE has that old/new t-shirt they just file under sleepwear, workout gear, or that gifted “thing” just hanging there taunting us daily. Good news is this is fun, easy, cute, and super fast to make! So grab that old “thing” and some scissors and make it…. I did and I love it!

  65. 65
    July 20th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    dats really really cool!! :)

  66. 66
    November 22nd, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Love the idea. I am going to try it with many different shirts i don’t use. You should do more DIY post.

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