I am a huge fan on no-sew projects from recycled clothing. If you were a fan of my no-sew DIY Workout Shirt, you will enjoy this one as well. Plus they will look très chic when worn together! Behold, a scarf that is perfectly lightweight and easy-to-wear to your Yoga or Bar Method class and stylish enough for running errands around town!
Oh, and did I mention there is no sewing required?!

DIY Multi-Strand Scarf
Makes one stylish scarf

Ingredients:
1 old T-shirt (the bigger the better)
1 pair of scissors
1 ruler
10 minutes


1. Start with a large T-shirt. Any old shirt will do! Seamless is a plus!

2. Cut off the bottom hem of the shirt. Then cut 1in – 2in wide strips horizontally across the shirt from bottom to armpit. You can cut as many strips as you would like (I liked my thick strips the most). The more strips, the more strands your scarf will have. You can use a ruler to guide a straight line across the shirt, but don’t worry if they aren’t perfect.

3. Set the bottom hem aside. Stretch all of the remaining strips until they become long, and the raw edges start to roll inwards.

4. Cut one end of the bottom hemline so it becomes a string.

5. Using the strip of bottom hemline, knot it around the strands to secure them in place.

6. Wrap the strip a few inches around the center of the scarf, and back over to meet the other ends. Knot the ends together tightly.

7.  Trim the loose ends and tuck the knot underneath the wrapped fabric.

Viola, a stylish scarf to wear to yoga! Wear it long or bundle it up, it’s super fun and easy-to-wear!
Post or email your photos if you make a scarf! I can’t wait to see your creations!

 

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43 Responses so far.

  1. Love this!!! and the BBM shirt! Go Catherine!!

    Response from Kelsie
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    • Beckley By Melissa is one of my favorite brands! My fav BBM shirt just happened to match the color scheme for today’s Fashion Friday! xoxo

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  2. Why did you get the good fashion gene in the family…. I feel like a failure with all your cool ideas. This is amazing!

    Response from Jessica
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    • Haha thank you! You are creative too, plus you got the business skills!

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  3. Love how easy your instructions are!!! The step by step pictures!!!!

    Response from Toni
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    • Thank you! xo

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  4. Hey, just wondering, what size of a Tshirt did you use? I like the length of the scarf and the other tutorials’ scarfs don’t look as great as yours. Thanks!

    Response from Gretchen
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    • My shirt was a men’s Large! xo

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  5. I was pleasantly surprised by how easily the fabric (mine was a 100% cotton shirt) curled and stretched! Awesome, quick and easy project. Thanks!!

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/545063_10151100945123619_605406043_n.jpg

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    • Your scarf turned out so cute Emily! Thanks for sharing your photo! xo

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  6. My strands won’t roll. Any suggestions?

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    • Oh no! Another reader has the same problem! It could be the type of fabric or weave of the shirt that you are using? The shirt I used was 100% cotton!

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    • I had the same problem, then realized that my tshirts were not 100% cotton. It might be good to note that in the tutorial.

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  7. I tried another of my old shirts and it didn’t work either. They are labeled “100% cotton.” I tried one of my son’s, also “100% cotton,” and it worked well.

    The strands from my son’s are pretty much all the same length. Is the one in the photo looped twice? Or should I cut some strands and make them shorter? There was no seam, so my strands are continuous.

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    • Hi Beth! I am not sure why your scarf is not turning out correctly! My strands are not double looped, only single! I wish I could be of more help!

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  8. I just love this idea. Mine turned out great. I plan to make one in another
    color. Very stylish.

    Response from Leslie
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  9. Easy and beautiful ! I’ll try to do that

    Response from T,
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    • Yayy I can’t wait for you to try it :)

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  10. I made this scarf today with my daughter & our cousin, they are 9 & 11 years old, and they loved it! They used 2 t-shirts a bright blue & a bright green. The main body of each scarf was one colour and the tie part the other colour. They are very cute and so easy to make. I picked up new $1 t-shirts at a local liquidator – can’t get better than that! Thanks for the fun idea!!

    Response from Emilee
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    • Too cute!! xo

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  11. Super cute :)

    I’ve got so many compliments on this!

    Response from Meghan
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  12. This was wonderful, and easy, thank you.

    Response from Kathy Drummonds
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  13. I am addicted to these T-shirt necklaces/scarves. Your tutorial is great.

    Thanks!

    Response from Becky
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  14. i make these to sell at my holiday boutique. BUT when cutting the strips all the way across, leave a 1″ to 2″ cut strip at one side (so all the strips are joined at the side seam). if you want, cut one strip completely across (2″ to 3″ wide) to be used to wrap the piece that wasn’t cut….

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  15. For someone who has no design skills, I am pleasantly surprised at how easy this is!!!! I will be making these for Christmas presents. Thanks for the DIY tip

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  16. I found that for the strands that wont roll you can still make a super cute scarf by cutting slits halfway through the width of the strips about 2 inches apart and then flipping it over and going inbetween each of the slits cutting halfway up the other side too. :)
    Love this idea! I’m making christmas gifts out of these!

    Response from Lindsey
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  17. Another simple idea is to use the sleeves in the same fashion to make a groovy headband. Works great for people with semi-crazy hair.(Super naturally curly/ generally out of control.) It can actually hold mine down.

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  18. WOW! You are awesome! I wanted to find something easy to make as an additional present for my sister for Christmas. I did this today between 10-20 minutes, and it turned out GREAT!
    Thanks! Thank-you soo soo soo much for putting this up. I am definitely subscribing!!!!! LOVE THIS! I’m going to make 3 more!!!!

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  19. my t-shirt hade seams. how do you hide the other seam?

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  20. I found this tutorial on Pinterest, and made 3 scarves in 30 minutes! So quick and easy! I was shopping for cute, lightweight scarves for an upcoming cruise, and this saved me $ and legwork. Now, I’m going to hit clearance racks for some fun, beach-y colors. Thanks!

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  21. Oh,Catherine!
    You are my MOTIVATION!
    Please never stop blogging!

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  22. Beautiful! how do you get the ‘rings’ of the scarf in so many different sizes, short and long? Do you need to use childrens’ small T shirt strips and also L size men’s ones? Please advise me! Thank you!!

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  23. Love your idea, however, before we read your tutorial I cut the t-shirt strips vertically keeping a one inch strip across the top creating a hula skirt look. Do you have any creative ideas on how we can salvage our great work?

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  24. Hi! I just put a Link from my german blog to your very cute DIY.
    Best wishes from Berlin,
    Jessica

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  25. Response from schoenstricken
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    • Aww thank you so much for sharing my DIY! Hugs and kisses form CA, USA! xo

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  26. Just made 3 last night when I couldn’t sleep. I’m making some tshirt wall art from some favorite travel tshirts and wanted to try to creatively salvage the bottom halves. Success! I also used some recently salvaged shoe accessories from some old beloved flats to use as trim over the wrapped end. Worked perfectly. Thanks for the Awesome tutorial!

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  27. Thanks! Made one and posted about it on my blog with links to yours!

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  28. I made one this afternoon and it turned out adorable!!! Great idea, thank you! Email me if you want to see the picture and I’ll send it.

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  29. I love this idea for Christmas presents but when I showed my co-workers, they questioned how these scarves would hold up after washing. Any feedback from experience or are these one time only wear?

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  30. Great idea! I wanted to let you know that I included your link in my blog if you want to check it out: http://amyroachsenter.blogspot.com/2013/12/crafting-for-uncrafty.html#more

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  31. To give the scarf some “bling”, I added a step between 4&5….after cutting all your strips, cut one end of each strand and, using a toothpick, push the material through beads-using as many, or as few, as you’d like, and experiment with different combos. When you’re done with the beading, glue the ends back together-don’t worry about how “messy” it may look, this is where you’ll wrap the material in step #5. Check out my photo of my latest creation at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202566665961798&set=t.1650815783&type=3&theater

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  32. Love the idea and it is so easy to make! Thank you ^_^

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