DIY: Knotted Double-Layered Scarf From XL Men's Tee




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I got the XL Men’s tee from a discount store for just $2. The scarf was inspired by the Knotted Loop Scarf by Country Road. It costs 69.95AUD! (-_-x)

Materials required:
1 XL tee
A pair of scissors
Sewing tools (either a sewing machine for a quickie or needle and thread if you want to do hand sewing!)

Step 1: Cut

Cut your tee according to the picture. A and B should be about the same width and C is from the sleeves.

One tee will yield 2 As, 2 Bs (the second one is underneath), 2 Cs and 1 D.

Step 2: Fold and Sew

Get A and open it up. There should be an open side where the C/the sleeves were cut off.

Fold A into half, lengthwise, with the RIGHT side of the fabric facing each other, such that the open sides meet at the dotted line.

Sew along the dotted line.

Open A up and you should get a rectangular piece of fabric. Do the same as above for the other piece of A. 

Step 3: Sew

Put the 2 pieces of A together, with the RIGHT side of the fabric facing each other and so that the ====, ++++ and .... are in line with each other.

Sew along the ==== lines together and then open the piece up.

Step 4: Fold and Sew

Fold the piece lengthwise such the ++++ side meets with the …. side with the RIGHT side of the fabric facing each other. The picture shows only one piece of A. The other one is out of the frame. The 2 pieces of A form a very long piece of fabric.

Sew ++++ and …. sides together.

Step 5: Turn Inside Out

Turn this long piece of 2 As inside out and you will get a long tube of fabric with all the clean seams on the outside.

Step 6: Cut

Get C and cut the seams so that it opens up as shown in the picture.

Step 7: Sew

Get one C and one B. Line the sides ==== and ++++ together, with the RIGHT side of the fabric facing each other. Sew ==== and ++++ together.

Do the same for the other B and C. 

Step 8: Sew and Fold

You will get 2 long strips of fabric as shown in the picture, each made from B&C.

Lie the 2 B&C strips on top of one another, RIGHT side of fabric together.

Sew the sides together to get a tube like with A previously.

Fold the 2 tubes of fabric inside out so that all the clean sides are facing outside.

The tube from A should be longer than the tube from B&C.

Step 9: Tie Knots

Tie 3 knots in tube A, where the second knot is right in the middle of the tube.

Tie 2 knots in tube B&C, such that the knots have a space in between.

Lie the 2 tubes of fabric parallel to one another. The knots in tube B&C should be next to the spaces between the knots in tube A.

Step 10: Adjust the Look

Holding the 2 ends of the tube together, try and see how it looks on your neck. Adjust how you want the 2 layers to look before sewing the ends together.

Step 11: It's Ok

It’s ok if the edges of the ends are not exactly together. That was also what happened to mine.

Step 12: Fold/Roll

Fold/Roll the ends neatly into half, as shown in the picture.

Step 13: Final Piece

Now, the final piece! Get D, open it up and cut it as shown in the picture to get a small rectangular piece of fabric.

Step 14: Join, Wrap and Fold Raw Edges

Join the ends of the 2 layers together, and then wrap it using D. You may want to fold the raw edges of D inwards as you wrap the ends together.

Step 15: Sew in Place

Sew it in place! You may want to do hand sewing for this last step instead as the fabric gets really thick here and you may want to hide the stitches with some strategic stitching.

Step 16: Done

OMG we’re finally done. Take a break because I know the steps are really confusing!



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    15 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 2

    I am so sorry about that! Thank you for your feedback. I will add that bit in right away.


    8 years ago on Step 16

    Great work, both at making the scarf and at saving all that money! I'm sure I have some t-shirts around I could use - ones that I don't wear anymore but the fabric's too nice to use as a rag just yet.... must go check the cupboards!!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Just got done with the first 2 I am gifting. Got a few more colors coming as well.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    the colours look fab! i'd totally wear BOTH the pink and black scarves together at the same time! :D


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Looks like I have a last minute project for xmas gifts for my female friends. Great work!