I have really been trying to be more deliberate about not just throwing away items that we can find a new use for. So for today, I am going to complete a super easy project that gives an old t-shirt a new lease on life. The first t-shirt I turned into a scarf was one my daughter tie dyed but no longer fit. This is yet another fun craft you can do with your kids that teaches them to find a secondary life for old things.

SUPPLIES

  • Old t-shirt
  • Fabric scissors (I use Gingher)

BEFORE

 

AFTER

 

THE PROCESS

Step 1: Start off by cutting the bottom scene from the t-shirt.

Step 2: Cut across the bodice just below the arms.

Step 3: Determine the middle of the piece and how much space you want between the fringe. I usually leave mine two to three inches but it depends on the size of the shirt and how long you want your fringe to be.

Step 4: Fold your t-shirt so that you know where to cut the fringe to from each side (see photos below for more details).

Step 5: Begin cutting thin pieces up to your middle cut line until you complete one side.

Step 6: Turn the shirt over and cut the other side.

Step 7: Once you are done making your cuts, stretch out the bodice as much as possible. This will allow you to wrap the scarf twice around your neck.

Step 8: Stretch out each individual piece of fringe to the desired length.

You are all done! You can dress it up if you like by putting beads on the end of some of the fringe or dying it to a new color. These work good to cool you down when you are going to concerts. You can take them off, dip them in water, ring them out, and they keep you nice and cool on a hot summer day (just what you want to think about right now with all of the cold weather that has hit!)

STEP 1

 

STEP 2

 

STEP 3

 

STEP 4

 

STEP 5

 

STEP 6

 

STEP 7 & 8

 

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