Jersey, the stretchy fabric that you probably associate with t-shirts, is some pretty amazing stuff. If you've worked with jersey at all, you probably already know that the edges don't fray when you cut them, which means you can leave things unhemmed without worrying about them unraveling. Fun! What you may not have known about jersey is that because of how it's woven together, if you stretch strips of it that are cut along the grain of the fabric, your strips get long and curly, making them perfect for weaving projects and for no-sew projects like this t-shirt scarf.
T-Shirt Scarf Materials
- Reclaimed t-shirt. Rescue one from your closet or from the thrift store.
- Fabric scissors. Paper scissors might do the trick, but you'll probably end up cussing a lot by the end, since there's a lot of cutting to do.
That's it! You just need those two supplies and your own two hands to make this t-shirt scarf.
1. Cut your shirt. Lay your t-shirt on the table, with the bottom of the shirt facing you, and trim the bottom hem off of the shirt. Now, cut your shirt into equal-sized strips by cutting horizontally across (the same as when you cut off the bottom hem). Cut strips until you get all the way to the armpit, then set the rest of the shirt aside to use as rags or in another project down the road.
2. Cut off the seams. What's left is a bunch of really long rings of jersey fabric. Take each ring and cut out the side seams from the former shirt, so you're left with a whole pile of fabric strips.
3. Pull. Here is where the magic happens! Pick up a piece of jersey and hold one end. Grab the other end in your other hand, and pull the ends away from each other gently. As you pull, the jersey will stretch and roll, leaving you with sort of a long tube. Repeat this with all of your fabric pieces except for one, which you need to set aside for later.
4. Knot it. You are going to almost feel like you cheated, this next step is so simple. Grab all of your stretched out tubes on one end, then grab the other ends of the tubes in your other hand. Knot the unfinished ends together in one big knot.
5. Hide your knot. Take that very last piece of jersey that you didn't stretch, and wrap it around your knot. Wrap, wrap, wrap, and when you're low on fabric, tuck the loose end into the tube to secure it.
Voila! You can wear your necklace long and bohemian or wrap it up into a hipster cowl. I made a pretty pretty pink one for Valentines' day, but I sort of want to make them in lots of other colors now, too!