Add a Vintage Scarf to the Back of Your Tee




About: I love making fabric things, always have.

You know how they say you can never have to many scarves? Well you can if you run out of ways to wear them, so here is a different way to show one off. Add one to the back of a tee! In this easy Instructable I will take you through the process to do just that!

Step 1: What You Will Need...

A tee shirt with side seams

A washed vintage scarf

A seam ripper



Step 2: Taking Apart Your Tee

Now you will be taking you tee partly apart. If you have chosen to work with an extra long tee shirt like I have you can just cut off the hem to avoid the whole ripping out of the hem scenario , but if you need/want the length use the seam ripper to take out the hem of the front of the shirt to just past the back side seams. Then use said seam ripper to open both sides of your tee. At the armhole remove the stitching about 3/4's of the way up the back arm hole on both sides. Now fold the body of the back of your tee in half matching up the side seams and armholes. Use a ruler to cut a straight line (or just eyeball it like me) from the center back fold to the arm hole. This bottom piece is your pattern for the scarf so set it aside. Now be sure to notch at the fold on the top of the back tee, this is your center back notch.

Step 3: Deep Breath.. Cutting the Scarf...

Take your vintage washed & pressed scarf and fold it in half length wise. Then use the bottom piece of the tee you previously cut off as your pattern to cut the scarf. Place it 2" (or more if you like for more room) in from the fold as shown. The extra 2" gives a nice ease across the back so the scarf won't pull and look funny, when you put it on, trust me you need it... Now cut around your "pattern" piece adding seam allowance at the top and sides. Then be sure to notch the scarf at the top of the fold, this is your center back notch.

Step 4: Sewing...

You are super close to finishing now! Start by pinning the right side of the tee back top, to the right side of the scarf top at the center back notches. Then pin either end of the scarf to the arm hole edge of the tee. The scarf will be bigger than the tee so you will need to stretch the tee part while sewing to match up with the scarf. So with the knit side up place the pinned top on the machine and secure the edge by putting the needle in the down position. Then start stitching the seam while stretching the knit to match up with the scarf. When you are done your piece should look like the photo. Next stitch both armholes to their respective sleeves and then stitch the side seams back up too. Now finish up by stitching the hem. The last step is to press all the seams and the hem flat and turn it right side out.

Step 5: Drum Roll Please...

Now put your new tee on and whoo hoo party on!



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    2 years ago

    Great use of a pretty scarf. When they are tied around your neck you can't enjoy the pictures! This way you can while transforming a boring t-shirt. Win-win! Thank you for sharing!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    You are so right! I collect vintage scarves and I find this is one of the best ways to show them off! Thanks for looking!