Tutorial: Ruffled No-Sew Tee Shirt Scarf

Today I challenged myself to start (and finish!) a project while my kids were out of the house.

I recently decided I would become a “scarf person.” I must admit that I’m not the most fashionable girl on the block, and I figured that fun funky scarves might give my style a little pizzazz. So two weeks ago I went scarf shopping and came back with one that I have yet to wear. Bright green, kind of sparkly… very pizzazzy but maybe not quite me. Last week I started to wear a scarf that I had crocheted last year. Better. I’ve received TONS of compliments (that’s always good, right?) but I wanted to make a new scarf today… and crocheting granny squares is more of a time commitment than I wanted. I’m all about instant gratification.

Then I remembered these ruffled scarves made from upcycled t-shirts that I’ve been meaning to try. Since I’m more of a t-shirt kind of girl anyway, I decided to take an hour this afternoon + one of my husband’s shirts and give it a whirl. Find yourself a men’s extra large t-shirt and you can make one too! Super easy.

cutting circles for a diy ruffled scarf

1. Gather your materials: men’s extra large t-shirt, sharp scissors, rotary cutter (optional – just scissors would work fine, but rotary cutter will be faster), 8-10″ plate (mine was 8″), fabric glue (pictured below). A plain shirt probably would have been a better choice, but I didn’t have one available.

2. Cut out as many circles you can. No need to open up the shirt… I just cut 2 circles at a time – Cut the front and back at the same time. I used the rotary cutter for this step.

3. Make a pile of your circles – keep them stuck together two-ply. I was able to cut 8 circles from this shirt.

4. Cutting two layers of fabric at a time, use your sharp scissors to create a spiral through each disc of fabric.

5. Grab one end, pick up the spiral, and separate the two strips of fabric. Give a quick tug and gently stretch it out.

6. Keep going – Cut spirals through all of the circles.


Now here’s the best part of this project: Get out your fabric glue. NO SEWING REQUIRED!!

7. Glue the pointy ends of two strips together, then set them aside. Repeat for each pair of strips.

8. After you have finished gluing, you should have several (in this case, eight) double-long strips of fabric. Gather them up by the joints, but keep one out of the bunch.


9. Lay the one reserved strip on your table, and place the rest of the bundled strips on top perpendicularly.

10. Wrap the strip around the bundle twice, to hold the scarf together and to hide the glue joints.

11. Double knot the tied strip.

And that’s it! Put that baby on and rock it! Wear it loose, or tie it. Either way it is soft, comfortable and warm.  Just like a t-shirt.

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7 Responses

  1. Bee says:

    Great tutorial. Off to share!

  2. Tricia says:

    I {heart} this scarf, it’s super adorable and one that I might give a try even as spring approaches! Thanks for linking up to the Upcycled Linky Party at http://Love2Upcycle.blogspot.com

  3. Stephanie says:

    That is an awesome scarf! I love how simple it is to make and how cute it turns out!

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