DIY Tutorial: Tubular T-Shirt Scarves

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Fringe scarf

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 similarlystyledfringescarves 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!

49 thoughts on “DIY Tutorial: Tubular T-Shirt Scarves”

  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!


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