If you are on Pintrest you have probably seen a few versions of a scarf made form an old t-shirt. They are all pretty simple and I decided to give it a go at a Girl Scout meeting.

Cotton T-shirt
Sharp scissors

Each girl was asked to bring an old t-shirts. They needed to be plain (no patterns) as the stretching process would mess that up. The larger the shirt, the better as it would just make a longer scarf. I brought several pairs of sewing scissors. You absolutely MUST have sharp scissors to properly cut through the fabric. It is good to have a pair that nobody uses on paper around the house. I hide mine so that they will stay that way. 🙂

Using the ruler, a pencil made a line under the armpits straight across the shirt. This left a tube. The hem was cut right above the seam. Leaving the hem would mess up how well the shirt stretches. Once all the girls were done cutting, they paired up for some fun.


Pull on the shirt to stretch it as much as you can. If you do not have a buddy, hold it to the floor with your foot and pull upwards.

It was funny when the smaller girls were pulled all around the floor by their partner.

OPTION 2: A second option is to make fringes. Once you have the tube, cut up on one end (front and back of the shirt) but do NOT stretch it. You do not have to cut off the hem this time as the shirt will not be stretched.

OPTION 3: After you have cut the fringes, pull each one down to stretch them. Once you have stretched all the fringes you can stretch the scarf itself. If doing this option and you have left the hem on, the fringes MUST be cut on the end with the hem.

My girls all brought white but any color works.

You can certainly use a new shirt, but an old one makes this a free craft. If there is a small stain on the shirt it can easily be hidden when wearing the scarf by being careful how it is worn or by placing a pin on it.


About keepingiteasyandsimple

I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. My oldest is 20 and currently in the National Guard. My daughters are 15 and 11 and involved in everything. I believe life is difficult enough, that we can find ways to make the everyday just a little easier and perhaps even more simple. I love to cook, shop and make things with the kids.

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  1. Pingback: No-Sew Spaghetti T-Shirt Scarf « PILLOWS A-LA-MODE

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