DIY Multi-Strand Scarf

 


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!

 

43 Comments on DIY Multi-Strand Scarf

  1. Kelsie
    May 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • Catherine
      May 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm (3 years ago)

      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. Jessica
    May 5, 2012 at 12:58 am (3 years ago)

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

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    • Catherine
      May 5, 2012 at 10:59 am (3 years ago)

      Haha thank you! You are creative too, plus you got the business skills!

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  3. Toni
    June 5, 2012 at 10:54 am (3 years ago)

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

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    • Catherine
      June 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! xo

      Reply
  4. Gretchen
    June 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm (3 years ago)

    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!

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    • Catherine
      June 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm (3 years ago)

      My shirt was a men’s Large! xo

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    • Catherine
      July 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  5. Beth Leatherman
    July 14, 2012 at 10:35 am (2 years ago)

    My strands won’t roll. Any suggestions?

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    • Catherine
      July 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

      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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    • Marianne
      January 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm (12 months ago)

      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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  6. Beth Leatherman
    July 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm (2 years ago)

    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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    • Catherine
      July 16, 2012 at 10:26 am (2 years ago)

      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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  7. Leslie
    July 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  8. T,
    July 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Easy and beautiful ! I’ll try to do that

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    • Catherine
      July 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Yayy I can’t wait for you to try it :)

      Reply
  9. Emilee
    August 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm (2 years ago)

    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!!

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    • Catherine
      August 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Too cute!! xo

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  10. Meghan
    September 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Super cute :)

    I’ve got so many compliments on this!

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  11. Kathy Drummonds
    October 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm (2 years ago)

    This was wonderful, and easy, thank you.

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  12. Becky
    October 10, 2012 at 8:02 am (2 years ago)

    I am addicted to these T-shirt necklaces/scarves. Your tutorial is great.

    Thanks!

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  13. Ruth Sullivan
    October 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm (2 years ago)

    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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  14. Hilarie
    November 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm (2 years ago)

    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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  15. Lindsey
    December 10, 2012 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

    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!

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  16. Nancy
    December 14, 2012 at 10:51 am (2 years ago)

    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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  17. Elizabeth
    December 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm (2 years ago)

    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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  18. Rita
    December 28, 2012 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

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

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  19. Cathy
    January 7, 2013 at 11:27 am (2 years ago)

    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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  20. Yelda
    January 29, 2013 at 7:57 am (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  21. JR
    February 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm (2 years ago)

    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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  22. OneL
    June 11, 2013 at 11:41 am (2 years ago)

    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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  23. schoenstricken
    July 3, 2013 at 6:13 am (1 year ago)

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

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    • Catherine
      July 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm (1 year ago)

      Aww thank you so much for sharing my DIY! Hugs and kisses form CA, USA! xo

      Reply
  24. Melody
    August 25, 2013 at 5:22 am (1 year ago)

    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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  25. Sarah
    September 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm (1 year ago)

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

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  26. Kate
    September 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm (1 year ago)

    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.

    Reply
  27. Tamara
    November 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm (1 year ago)

    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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  28. Teresa
    August 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm (4 months ago)

    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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  29. Vivian
    September 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm (3 months ago)

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

    Reply

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