I recently had to give up wearing one of my favorite shirts. I had worn it so often that the poor shirt was starting to fall apart at the seams. While it was time to retire the shirt, I still wanted to keep some of it around so I decided it was a great opportunity to make a scarf out of some of the still good material.
Step 1: Supplies
Here are some of the supplies I used to create my fashion scarf.
An old T-Shirt
(Optional sewing machine)
Step 2: Cut the Scarf Shape
I started by cutting the scarf shape out of the fabric.
I laid the shirt out, looking at where some good fabric was left. The bottom half of the shirt was still good so I was able to cut the shirt in half right at the waistline.
(NOTE: At this time you can choose to hem the line you just cut so the fabric doesn't fray. I chose not to hem the cut because the shirt was made out of a fabric that did not fray much and it was very stretchy so the hem would have ended up looking poor.)
Step 3: Add a Fringe
After cutting the scarf part. I chose to add a fringe to the end of the scarf, creating a more appealing design.
I cut strands about 1/3 of the way up the fabric. Long enough to be noticed, but short enough that it didn't overpower the scarf.
NOTE: I started by cutting about 1" thick strands. This ended up making the scarf lay weird and look bulky so I cut the strands to be 1/2" thick instead. This created a better overall look. You can choose to make the strands either larger or smaller if you like.
Step 4: Wear
Once you are happy with the look you can wear your new creation. I was very happy that I was able to re-purpose one of my favorite shirts and can still wear it in the time to come. Plus this is a super easy and quick way to recycle some old clothing into something new and fashionable.