Friday, March 18, 2011

DIY: Recycled Tshirt Scarf Necklace Roundup


I've been loving the wave of tshirt scarves and necklaces bouncing around on the interwebs and have wanted to make one of my own for a while now. After scavenging for the best of the best, I offer you a roundup of my favorite DIY scarves as well as my own. You know... I had an hour. Besides, literally all you need is an old t-shirt and a pair of scissors. And if you really want to get crafty, you could bust out the needle and thread. If you're in need of an hour or less craft project with practically zero cleanup - this is it.


First, my favorites and where I drew inspiration for my own.

Scarves by hellohoneyno.com seen at method

Necklace-Scarf DIY tutorial at Ecouterre.com

Recycled Tee Scarf at Schwin&Schwin

Scarfy/necklace thing on Crafster by Skaborsk

Now mine. Literally, 1 hour, start to finish. That even included searching for my scissors, which had mysteriously disappeared. I bought a men's large tshirt from the thrift store for $1. No need to go fancy for this, just find a color that you like.


I think shirts without seams give you more flexibility, but then maybe you want to see them. I decided to go for a sleek-tangled look, more like the one from hellohoneyno (note: i cannot access her website, so i have no idea how she did hers, only that I like the final look).


1. Cut the bottom hem off at to create a straight line along the bottom. Like many men's shirts nowadays, the back is longer than the front. I believe that is to hide plumber's butt.



2. Cut 1 inch strips across the shirt all the way up to the armpits. No need be perfect about it, once you stretch out the strips, you'll never notice.


By-the-by, I got 17 strips out of my shirt - you may get more or less depending on how long your shirt and how wide your strips.


3. Take the strips and stretch them out aiming to make them each about the same length. You'd have to stretch really hard in order to break or rip them, so no need to be gentle.


4. Since, I had a shirt with seams, I wanted to hide the seams underneath the wrapping.


I also didn't want the seams to create a giant lumps, so when I gathered the loops I spread the seams out a bit and then tried to get the loops as straight and untangled as a I could. I used 16 of my loops.


5. With the 17th loop, I cut it in half at the seams to use as the wrapper on either end. First I tucked the strip into the loops and then started wrapping tightly and *neatly* to cover the seams. At the end of the wrapping, I did some creative knot to tie it off. Then I used the other half of the strip to do the other side.


6. And there you have it. Start to finish, less than an hour and you've got yourselves a cute and comfortable scarf, necklace, decorative thingie.

42 comments:

  1. I love this idea. I just pulled a shirt of out my closet that I no longer wear, but I love the color and pattern of the fabric. I think it might work as a scarf - thanks!

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  2. I just linked to this post :) I did it today too! :)

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  3. Love it! Found it on pinterest and featured it in my inspiration thursday post today ;)
    Tina
    www.sweetfloweret.com

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  4. This is fabulous!!! Thank you for sharing!! I'm looking for the easiest way to do this and I think I may have just found it!! :)

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  5. Just perfect,
    and you can do so much more...
    mixing different colors,
    sewing braids or Buttons on...
    I will try this.
    Thank you :-)

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  6. Ciao!
    So beautiful, great idea!
    thank you so much ;)

    Mariuccia

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  7. My strips didn't roll at the edges and now I have a stretched out t-shirt mess! What to do?

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  8. Hi Erin,

    Sorry it didn't work out! After having made a few more of these, I did come across some t-shirts that didn't work as well and stretched out too much. So I think it matters what kind of shirt you choose as well. My guess would be a shirt that isn't too old and still has some give. I suspect that older shirts loose their elasticity. It's just a t-shirt though, so I'd say try again with another one!

    Good luck!
    -bridgette

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    1. I used an old T that was a different fabric texture with lines in it , so it didn't roll at all, but I still like the flat texter it has, I think different all sorts of textures can work with this type of scarf, ie; wool, braids, short long, flat round...I just loved this post, it's inspired me to look at different results they can surprise us with! :-)

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  9. Thanks! I love how my first one turned out, now I just need a bigger t-shirt for a longer and fuller "scarf".

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  10. I did one with a childrens shirt and wore it as a headband. My kiddos like it for a scarf too. Thanks! I blogged about and linked to you here http://maryannegobble.blogspot.com/2011/12/blanket-that-really-wanted-to-be-dress.html

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  11. So easy and so cute! I just made one and I cannot wait to wear it! Thanks

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  12. Hi!

    We used this on our weekly roundup on thursdaynightdinner.org! We love the idea and hope our readers will too!

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  13. I made 4 of these using the new t-shirts from Michael's. It worked perfectly.

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  14. I'm so glad everyone digs this scarf. I've made many since the original and they are great as gifts.

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  15. Thanks for sharing! Your pictures and directions are so easy to follow..I'll be creating awesome scarves in no time!

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  16. Awesome.. just raided my hubby's old t shirts and made 3 Christmas presents at 12 am- and for free! Unbelievable! Thanks so much!!

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  17. Love the way this turned out! So glad you shared something so cute and simple....thanks.

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  18. I just made one in about 20 minutes! So easy even for me, a very non-crafty person!! I will defintely make more!!

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  19. I purchased a "sample" at a craft show and had pretty much figured out how to make these but now I am determined once reading your directions. You can also add some "bling" to them by attaching beads, wires, etc. to the strands. Can't wait for some down time to make these!

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing this! I made mine in like 1/2 hour! Check it out!
    http://fromnyctoetown.blogspot.com/

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  21. This is the best thing that I think that I have EVER made! I have a job interview tomorrow, and I think that I am going to put this with a classy dress and it will be business chic...oh wow! I just said that...geez! lol
    Thank you so much! you're awesome!

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  22. Just finished mine! Love it! Thanks to your easy video tutorial, I had it made in no time!

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  23. I just used sleeves off a different project (kids cape) and made a small necklace out of them, so you can make use of the sleeves too!

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  24. Yeah! Just made one in about 20 minutes! Having a rotary cutter makes it super quick! I love it! Thanks Bridgette for the crafty idea and tutorial!
    -Mikayla

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  25. My Granddaughters are going to love this.

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  26. wow thank you for this idea and how-to..... I have made t-shirt quits and now I have a new way to use old t-shirts.... besides dust rags. ahahahah...

    my bright green necklace turned out great, I was lucky my t-shirt had no seams,,,, I added wooden beads and love love love it....

    Vivian

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  27. This is really cool. I want to try making one of these! :)

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  28. Super cute, can't wait to try this.

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  29. Made it today and I love it Thanks !!!

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  30. What an Awesome Christmas gift. I'm so going to make these and give them out this year

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  31. This was super easy! I used one of my boyfriends old t shirts!

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  32. All of these old t-shirts turned into scarves are so ugly. Seriously, women wear these as fashion and think they look good?

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  33. Love it!!!
    Can i share and translate your post in my blog? citing the source of course
    bye

    http://homemade-ideas.blogspot.it

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  34. This is way cool.Thanks heaps, I've just made 2 in under 20 minutes. Love them. :)

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  35. This looks great! i wouldn't have thought you did it yourself!

    Marlene Detierro (CashFund)

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