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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beautiful you: DIY scarf

I've finally been making some of the things I see on pinterest and not just gawking at them.
One of my more recent projects was the DIY T-shirt scarf.
I know you've seen them on there.
They're everywhere!

Well this one is indeed as simple as it looks and with a really fun and functional result.

1. First I gathered my materials.  
Use an old T-shirt you don't wear anymore or buy a cheap one from here.  The wooden beaded necklace I thrifted at my local Goodwill store.  I liked the pop of color it gave to my neutral brown T-shirt.

2. Next cut the shirt just under the armpit area.

3. You can discard the top portion of the shirt or save it for another DIY project. (I'm saving mine to try a braided headband.)  Then fold the bottom portion so that one half is about an inch shorter than the other half.  The cut edges will be on the sides.

4. Begin to cut strips about 1 inch wide cutting all the way through the top folded layer but leaving the 1" gap at the top of the bottom layer.  You will be left with a long solid portion with lots of strips hanging off.
Sorry I switched view points on these two photos.  The right side is actually the top.
5. Now for the fun part, pulling on all those strings!  
You want the fabric to curl on itself to make a "spaghetti" string.  Don't be afraid to give it a good tug.

6. Unfold the fabric and bunch together at the solid portion at the top.

7. At this point you could just cut a strip from the top part of the tshirt and twist around the solid portion of you scarf to finish it off.  I chose to add the wooden beads for an extra decorative element.  
What can I say, I'm crazy for beads.  I cut a strip of fabric and then criss-crossed it back and forth over the solid portion adding a bead to each criss-cross, knotted the end, and tucked in the loose ends on the underside.

And voila!  
You got yourself a fine and dandy new scarf accessory!

Go ahead and give it a try, it's so easy.  Hello Christmas gifts!  
Sorry to spoil the surprise for those on my list ;)

*I'm guest posting over at Dancing with Ashley today, head on over and find out
how you can win these lovelies!


  1. Just found you through the giveaway over at dancing with ashley. I am excited to be your newest follower :) Would love for you to stop by sometime and follow along if you'd like :)


  2. Here via the giveaway! Love the DIY and your shop.

  3. Here via Dancing w/ Ashley! I love love love this tutorial and the twist you added with the beads. And the Fossil Coral Bookmark is to die for, so cool and unique!!!

  4. Love this!!! You are always coming up with the best ideas!

  5. WOW! Looks just like the model! I'm pinning this because it looks simple. I like simple!

  6. Love your blog and your shop!

  7. New follower from Dancing with Ashley! I made a scarf similar to this last year without the beads, I think I might have to make another one and add the beads. Great idea!

  8. Love it! How you find the time to DIY, I still don't know. And you look gorgeous in that last shot :)

  9. I'm new to your site! I like that you added beads to the scarf!

  10. I'm a new follower from Dancing with Ashley, and absolutely love your shop. VERY cute stuff! If only I had more money! LOL, I would totally buy just about everything.. :P

  11. I absolutely love this scarf! It's so unique and beautiful!


  12. oh my gosh the scarf is so cute krista! i love the beads you picked for the scarf, they go really well with it!

  13. I L-O-V-E that scarf! Usually, well actually, all the time until now, all of the tshirt scarves I see just... look like cut up tshirts! This one is INCREDIBLY cute! Score one for you! :)

  14. How neat! What a creative little chickadee you are! And a pretty one too. :) Love this!

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