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2 Ways To DIY Cute, Cheap Scarves

Scarves always seem like one of those things that cost more than they're actually worth. So before buying new ones, try making one out of old tees you already own.

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Don't throw away that old shirt! Turn it into a cute scarf, like these two clever crafters did.

First up, Michelle from A Little Tipsy creates a ruffled scarf.

You can make one even if you've never sewn — this actually happened to be Michelle's first sewing-machine project.

First, gather your materials. You'll need a T-shirt (the scarf shown is made from a one purchased at a dollar store), scissors, pins, coordinating thread, and a sewing machine.


Prep the shirt for sewing. Place the left piece of each shirt half on top of the right piece with the outsides of the shirt facing in. Align the neck and arm holes and cut the neck area so it is straight across. Pin the neck area together for each half.

Pin the ends together to form one long strip. Take the two strips you've created and now pin the bottom hem area together, with the inside of the shirt strips facing out. It will now be one big, long strip pinned together.


Make ruffles. Sew a long basting stitch down the length of each side in, about 1/2" from the edge. (Michelle used a stitch length of 5 and tension of 4.) This will gather the fabric slightly. Be sure to leave a good amount of thread on each end.

Create the gather. Holding the bottom thread, carefully pull the top thread while pushing the fabric down to create more gathers and ruffling. Be careful not to break the thread. Do this from each end toward the center until you get the desired look. Tie the string in a knot on each end so it won't come loose during the next step.


Next up, Ashley from Sugar and Cloth creates a circle-patterned scarf.

No sewing required! Here's how.

Collect your supplies. You'll need a large T-shirt (the bigger the shirt, the longer the scarf), a foam pouncer, all-surface craft point, tape, and scissors or a rotary cutter.

Cut your shirt. Lay it flat, taping down the edges. Cut a line straight across just above the bottom hem and just below the sleeves or the armpit. This will form the actual scarf so try and make the cut edges as smooth as possible. A rotary cutter will give you the best result but it isn't necessary.


Pippa Armbrester is a quilt maker and designer. Follow her adventures in quilting and life on her website.