DIY Infinity Scarf From A T-shirt – What I Wore Wednesday

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 in Clothes, Do It Yourself, For Moms, Gift Ideas, What I Wore Wednesday | 1 comment

Happy Wednesday to you!  Today’s What I Wore Wednesday post has a little extra special tutorial!  T-shirt transformations are all the rage and I love everything about the idea of  re purposing unworn shirts.  Here is a great way to turn a plain old t-shirt into one of those amazingly adorable  looped around infinity scarves in just minutes.  All you need is a t-shirt, a pair of scissors, and about 5 minutes!  These scarves look like a million bucks, but can cost you little to nothing to make on your own!  I was able to create a cool scarf with a shirt I had in my closet for free, and add it to one of this weeks outfits.  Check out how I made this simple jersey infinity scarf, and a few outfit ideas too.

So, while perusing my style board on Pinterest the other day I stopped on this image from Pink Pistachio.  Her take on a t-shirt to infinity scarf tutorial is so awesomely easy!  Had I actually read her post before I decided to make my own – I would have learned some great tips, but instead I dove into the project without instructions.  Check out her tutorial and see the magic for yourself – it really is genius!  I will share my technique which is just a little bit different with you on how I turned an unworn t-shirt into a great little scarf.

This is such an easy scarf to make.  Anyone who can hold a scissors can handle this project!  I grabbed a t-shirt that I already had on hand that I no longer wore, but you can stop just about anywhere and pick up a plain old t-shirt for cheap.  My t-shirt is a woman’s size small Faded Glory t-shirt from Walmart.  Probably around $3.00.  You can tell from the pictures how large the scarf and the loops are using a small sized shirt.  The scarf stands on me are doubled up (like I mention in the instructions)  o get more layers, but you get the idea of size.

If you would like a larger, fuller scarf, with longer loops or more volume I would recommend using a men’s large sized t-shirt.  You can really make it however big or small you would like, depending on the shirt you begin with.  The Pink Pistachio recommends finding a shirt with no seams on the sides to keep the scarf sleek and clean looking.  Mine did have seams (and I used what I had on hand) so I had a little different approach, but I was able to disguise the seams pretty well. The woman’s fit of the shirt gave the scarf a neat layered look with longer loops on the bottom and shorter ones on top!

Here the step by step on turning a t-shirt into a scarf!

1. Lay your t-shirt out flat on a work surface

2.  Cut off the seam at the bottom (save that bottom part for later)

3.  Cut slits all the way up the side of the t-shirt every inch until you get to the armpit

4.  Cut all the way across your slits to get a bunch of thin strips of fabric from your t-shirt

5.  Now line all of your strips up in order (by length) and keep the seams all lined up

6.  Next take each strip and run your hands around it to stretch the fabric (this make the loop longer, and curls the raw edges right around to create a pretty little loop.

7.  Now double up each separate loop so the seams meet

8.  And stack the looped stands one on top of the other (starting with the longer ones on the bottom and shorter on top)

9.  Now use your scrap piece of t-shirt that you cut from the bottom to tie the loops all together.  I tied directly over the bunch of seams that I had created by looping and stacking the stands of fabric.  It covered up all of the seams and holds the scarf together in the back.

10.  Repeat the process with every colored t-shirt you can find and wear with your favorite outfits!

You can check out two other super easy t-shirt/jersey scarf tutorials on A Spotted Pony too!

One for a 5 minute infinity scarf, and another for

a cute no sew ruffled scarf.

And here is how I added it to one of my outfits.  I love the dark green scarf paired with jeans, and other neutral colors.  The perfect addition to make any outfit just a little more cozy and cute.

Scarf:  $0.00

Tank:  Walmart

Sweater:  Target

Jeans:  Target

Earrings:  Target

Boots:  Old navy

Next is one of my favorite go to comfortable outfits.  It is perfect for running errands and getting the kids off to school.

Boots:  Thrifted $10.00

Hoodie:  Victoria Secret (This was one of my favorite Christmas gifts this year)

Black  stretch skinnies:  Walmart:  $16.88

White Tank:  Walmart $3.88

Earrings:  Target  (Gift)

My total cost:  $20.76

My Pinterest inspired outfit this week would cost you $212.oo for the sweater, jeans, and shoes.  And another $204 for the bag.  I remember seeing this outfit pinned all over Pinterest around Christmas time and loving everything about it!  The sweater was adorable, but sold out so I set out to find something similar on a a budget.  I came up with a similar style for under $40.00.

Pinterest Inspired Outfit from honeybee2o on Polyvore.

My version starring a fun sweater from TJ Maxx.

Sweater:  TJ Maxx $24.99

Jeans:  Rue 21 Clearance $5.00

Silver Pumps:  Target Clearance $9.98

Total Outfit Cost:  $39.97

 Get the low down on why I am including What I Wore Wednesday posts here, but the main reason is to motivate myself to put in a little extra effort each and every day.  What I wore Wednesday is a way for Mom’s to share outfits and get inspired to get dressed even if they aren’t heading off to work each day.  The Pleated Poppy has an amazing series where she shares what she wears each week to keep herself accountable for getting out of her pajamas everyday and I’m joining in the fun!

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One Comment

  1. Great scarf DIY! I’ve love for you to link up to My Style Monday. http://fashionsgreatesthits.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-style-monday_8.html

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