Saturday, September 11, 2010

Recycled Tee Scarf


Recycle all of those tee shirts that you don't wear anymore! Make a comfy, cute scarf, its easy!

STEP ONE: Grab a tee shirt and lay out flat.
STEP TWO: Starting at the bottom, cut one inch wide rings. (You can use the hem if you want) You should get around 16 rings.
STEP THREE: Stretch out each ring and wrap around your hand three to four times. The more times you wrap around the shorter and thicker your scarf will be.

STEP FOUR: Carefully remove the rings from your hand and set aside. Repeat with each strip.

STEP FIVE: Cut this two inch long strips from the remaining shirt. Stretch the strip out and tie two of the rings together. Tie together the rest of the rings creating a chain. You can leave it like that for a scarf or tie the chain together forming a circle scarf. (as pictured at top) Snip off the excess ties and you're done!
Feeling extra festive? Use more than one tee shirt for a more colorful look.

45 comments:

  1. In love this concept and want to try it, but I'm a little unclear about step 5. Can you break it down a little more? I don't understand how long the two inch strip should be and how to tie the loops together... Any clarification would be much appreciated and I'll get started on this project right away! Thx!

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  2. For step five you'll want to cut out strips two inch long and about 1/4 inch wide. (amount of strips depends on how many rings you have) Place two of your rings side by side and using your two inch long strip tie the two rings together. The step five picture will show what the rings tied together should look like. Continue the same technique with the remaining rings. Have fun and let me know if you need anymore help!

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  3. Found your blog this morning...fell in love with this scarf...made it in bright pink this afternoon! It was super simple, quick and cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thx for the quick reply! Love your blog so far!

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  5. I love this, I had to make right after I read it, I can't wait to make them in all colors....I did a feature on my blog.....thanks for the idea's.....
    http://alidawnscrafts.blogspot.com/2010/09/t-shirt-scarf.html

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  6. I have 3 T-shirts that have shrunk that would be perfect for this project! I'll give it a whirl!

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  7. I made one!!! Here's the link to mine: http://www.knitpurlgurl.com/2010/09/upcycled-t-shirt-scarf.html

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  8. such a cool idea! Saved it to make oe soon!

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  9. I made a 2nd one!! http://www.knitpurlgurl.com/2010/09/2nd-upcycled-t-shirt-scarf.html

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  10. I'm going to dig in my closet right now. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I went crazy on this! I have a ton of old work shirts in BRIGHT colors and made a TON! So fun! Felt good cutting up those nasty shirts!

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  12. HOLA ME HA GUSTADO MUCHO TU IDEA DE LA BUFANDA , ENHORA BUENA besos SARA

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  14. I got lucky and found some t-shirts for $1 at the dollar store- I made 3 scarves out of those this evening!

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  15. What a deal! Im thinking about going to the dollar store now. Im glad everyone is enjoying making them!! Thanks!

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  16. This is ADORABLE! I'm totally making one tonight!

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  17. This is one of those projects that so simple you want to give it a go straight away..... I love it and im going to try it asap... Thanx for the brill idea!!!

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  18. Finally gave it a go... it turned out great, didnt have enough strips in one top so I had to use two, but it still looks fab... come and have a look... thanx again!!

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  19. Just made two! Fun!!! Thanks for posting... I love that even shirts with a small stain or bleach mark work out great!

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  20. Loved this tutorial {easy to follow and even easier to do}. I found your blog thru a post on pinterest and just wanted to say thanks!

    I posted pictures on my blog and linked the tutorial back to you:
    http://biscuitsandgrits.blogspot.com/

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  21. This is GREAT!
    Thanks for sharing... I'm makin' one!

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  22. I love this idea, I think I'm going to try it with the hubby's old white shirts and then hand dye them. I'll let you know how it turns out!

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  23. Great ideas and tutorial! thanks for sharing

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  24. thank you so much! i was making the hipster ones with skinnier strips, but i love how fluffy these are instead because you don't suggest pulling them tight so they roll up. mine are all ruffly and beautiful. thanks again!

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  25. I can't wait to try this!! Definitely going on the "need to do ASAP" list.

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  26. So cute! I made one today with a print t-shirt. It turned out great!

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  27. just found this and am going to make one asap!!!

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  28. I found your tutorial via Pinterest and am so thrilled how quickly it took me to make it. Love this project and am linking up my blog to your tutorial. Thank you!
    http://craftonplanetmum.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspired-by-pinterest-recycled-scarf.html

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  29. Thanks for the tutorial!! So easy...perfect accessory to my thanksgiving outfit! and easy Christmas gifts too!! http://buzzmills.typepad.com/blog/2011/11/giving-thanks-to-clothing-redos.html

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  30. Hi!
    Im a journalist from Brazil and I would like to write about this blog, cause its awesome!
    So, I wanna know if I can, and also if I can show this tutorial there?

    I write for this site: http://www.bolsademulher.com/
    its all about the girls universe

    anything, you let me know ok?
    alessandra_vespa@hotmail.com
    or
    alessandravespa@mbpress.com.br

    thanks ;*

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  31. This is awesome! I did have problems with the tshirt material fraying though. I had little tiny pieces of material all over my shirt (and everywhere else!) Do you have any suggestions on the type of tshirt to use? I bought new ones from the craft store that were 100% cotton and I didn't wash them before. I really want to make some for my family for christmas gifts but the fraying material is quite bothersome. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated! Thank you!

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    1. Did you use t-shirts made from knit fabric? Knit fabric shouldn't fray.

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  32. I pinned this from Pinterest and since I don't have anything going on today, I am heading to make it right now. I plan on wearing it tomorrow.

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  33. So cute. I made it in 10 minutes!

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  34. I made one too. Thanks for the inspiration.
    See it here:
    http://yousillyllama.tumblr.com/post/15242997017/no-sew-recycled-t-shirt-projects

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  35. Thanks for your inspiration! Love it. I've made on and gave you some love and kudos!

    http://missussmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/01/inspired-to-make-my-own-diy-scarf.html

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  36. I just wanted to let you know that I did this project today with my daughter's elementary school combination class (1st/2nd/3rd grade mix), and it was a huge hit. Of the 5 craft ideas kids could choose from for our pre-Earth Day activities, this one was by far the most popular and the easiest. The kids could not get enough of it. We finished the scarves in under 15 minutes, and the girls each wanted to make another. They kept talking about different projects they could make with other cut-up t-shirts at home. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  37. i love this concept .this is very useful when u are frustrated from your old dresses so then use these tricks and creat a new design of a dress .this is really very creative and i wanna also use this with my daughter's dresses.my daughter is 5 years old i love when she wear these type of funky dresses.
    fab concept.
    Vintage T-Shirts

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  38. Love this!!!! Gonna make a load tonight!
    www.beastcouture.com

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  39. Absolutely brilliant.... Just made one from an old white t-shirt! Great for summer and easy to personalise! :')
    Thanks for the tutorial!! xx

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