Did you hear the oh-so-exciting news? While Shark Week takes over your TV screens this week, Scarf Week will be taking over blogland. That’s right: you’ve got 5 fun-filled days of scarf-tastic inspiration ahead of you, and it all kicks off today!
And I’m joined by 6 other bloggers who are all sharing t-shirt scarf tutorials today, so be sure to stick around to the end of this post and explore their killer projects! (And oh-my-gills, are they killer.)
I’m a sucker for a t-shirt scarf. Why? Oh, dear reader, let me count the ways:
- You have everything you need right at home. Just reach into your closet for an old t-shirt. Bam.
- If you cut it right (and I’ll show you how), you have an instant infinity scarf!
- T-shirt material doesn’t fray. So this is a NO-SEW project, people. Raise the roof.
- I love a good upcycle!
If you recall from Scarf Week 2014, two of my scarves utilized t-shirt material, my 15 Minute T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf & my my Tie-Dye Infinity Scarf. You can click either image below to check out those video tutorials if you missed ’em!
…and history is going to repeat itself this year with two more t-shirt scarf tutorials from yours truly. #creatureofhabit
And the one I am debuting today is a 10 Minute Fringe Infinity T-Shirt Scarf:
Yes, it does manage to beat my 15 minute scarf from last year, clocking in at a speedy 10 minutes. Or 9 minutes and 49 seconds (to be exact). One of my quickest DIYs to date!
So, what are we waiting for? Let me take you through the easy-peasy steps, so you can whip out your own Fringe Infinity T-Shirt Scarf in no time flat.
Here’s what you’ll need to gather up from around the house before getting started:
- plain or patterned t-shirt (the softer the better)
- fabric scissors or extra-sharp scissors
- masking tape
Yup. That’s it!
I grabbed a couple of shirts at the thrift store for this project; but you could just as easily reach into your closet and find an old t-shirt that needs a new lease on life.
Step 1. Cut it up! Using your fabric scissors (or extra sharp scissors), cut your t-shirt across the imaginary lines just beneath the armpits and just above the bottom hem. Cut out any interior tags, as well. And there you have it: an instant infinity-scarf! If you wanted, you could stop right here. But we can make it even more awesome. So, let’s keep going.
Step 2. Measure for measure. Use your ruler to measure up 5 inches from the bottom edge. You can make small marks for yourself on either side with masking tape. Then, place a strip of masking tape across that 5 inch mark. You can even tape the shirt right to your work surface to stabilize it.
Step 3. Fringe festival! Cut 3/4″ – 1″ wide strips through both layers of the t-shirt material to create a fringed edge. And don’t worry about making perfectly straight or even cuts. You’ll find that the next step is quite forgiving of sloppy cutting.
Now, before I go on, I’ll mention here that if you are working with an extra-large t-shirt, you might consider fringing the top edge, as well. But both shirts I worked with were size S / M, and I personally opted for just one layer of fringe. But it’s totally your call! Go fringe-crazy if it floats your boat.
Step 4. Transform your fringe into t-shirt yarn. Hold the shirt down by the masking tape with one hand, and pull on each strip so that it starts to curl around itself. Here’s where you’re creating “t-shirt yarn.” It’s fabulous! And kinda sorta reminds me of those Stretch Armstrong dolls from my childhood. Remember those?
Here’s a side by side comparison of the fringe pre-and-post yarning!
Step 5. Almost done…. Remove your strip of tape, shake it out, and put on your scarf! Isn’t it fab? And while you could be finished right here, I’m going to share an optional step that I’m so glad I added.
Step 6. Wrap the back of your scarf with t-shirt yarn. I decided that I didn’t like the look or feel of the fringe in the back, so I quickly solved that problem by creating a long strip of t-shirt yarn from my remnant portion of the t-shirt, which I wrapped around the back of the scarf.
How do you know which is the back and which is the front? For me, I put on the scarf, lined up the two seams on the sides, made sure I liked how it lay, carefully took it off, and went right into wrapping. I just used my scissor to tuck the end pieces inside the wrap; but you could add dabs of hot glue or a few stitches of embroidery thread if you wanted to be doubly-secure.
Voila! Ain’t she purdy?
And here are my two completed Fringe Infinity T-Shirt Scarves. Eek! I must admit, they turned out even better than I initially envisioned. (I love it when that happens.)
Also, don’t be deceived by the wordiness of my tutorial. This really is SO simple, and I’m not telling stories when I say I completed these in under 10 minutes.
Also, if your t-shirt is soft and stretchy like mine was, don’t be afraid to tug it into shape when you put it on. I got my red one to fall at the perfect height just from stretching it out a bit. And if you have an extra-large shirt you’re working on, you might even be able to do a double-wrap!
I actually wore this scarf on the Fourth of July and did not feel too uncomfortable in the 90+ degree heat. I credit that to the wrapped back, which kept the neck sweat to a minimum.
(Ah hem. Words I never thought I’d publish on my blog: “neck sweat.”)
That smile is legit excited that Scarf Week is back again…and that you’re here to experience it with us!
So, raid your closet for all-the-t-shirts-you’ve-been-meaning-to-bring-to-Goodwill and declare tonight Family Craft Night!
(Though save your dark-colored t-shirts for tomorrow’s tutorial…. Yup. Just dropped a hint-bomb on ya.)
Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?
The T-Shirt Scarf fun has only just begun! Be sure to chomp those
shark scarf teeth into each of these inspirational D.I.Y. projects hitting the blog-o-sphere today.
Click the images above or links below to check ’em out.
1. DIY Jersey Knit Tassel Scarf by Made in a Day
2. Knotting T-Shirt Yarn Wrist Scarves by It Was Weekend
3. Recycled T-Shirt Project | No-Sew Braided Tassel Scarf by Happy Hour Projects
4. How To Make A T-Shirt Super Hero Cape by Crafty Bonds
5. Faux Tye-Dye T-Shirt Scarf by Apron Strings & Other Things
6. DIY Braided T-Shirt Scarf by The Crafting Nook
7. 10 Minute Fringe Infinity T-Shirt Scarf by The Thinking Closet (you’re here!)
Here’s a glimpse at what’s coming up later this week!
To access all 5 days of Scarf Week in one special spot, click HERE to visit the “home base” post for this series. I’ll be adding each day’s clickable collage to that page as they go live this week. It’s one you’ll want to pin for later. And be sure to follow along on social media with our hashtag, #ScarfWeek2015.
It’ll be wave after wave of killer inspiration, no fish-bones about it!
See you tomorrow for my next scarf
victim tutorial! Mwah ha ha.
Stay scarfy, y’all.