Since I posted the T-shirt reconstruction overview this morning, a Pinterest follower requested more specific instructions for one of the revamps. The original tutorial I followed has disappeared, (and I’m so gosh-darn pleased that somebody’s interested) I thought I’d whip one up for you. So here goes:
The Circular Scarf and Fringed Scarf are pretty much the same thing, so this will show you how to do both of them. You will need a t-shirt, scissors, and optional beads. First, flatten your T-shirt:
Cut it horizontally from arm to arm.
If you’re making a circular scarf, congratulations–you’re finished! Just give the resulting tube a good stretch to make the edges curl, stick it ’round your neck and you’re good to go. (Make sure you keep the arm/chest portions for later projects)
If you want a fringed scarf, then you next need to fold your tube of fabric in half lengthwise, (so that the two open ends meet.) Make a sharp crease along the fold, or mark it with chalk so you can see where the half-way point is. Then lay your tube flat again. Next, make a cut from the edge of the tube up to the half-way point like this:
(sorry for the blurry photo!) Make identical cuts around the circumference of the tube, about 1 inch apart. Now you have a fringe! Now, at this point you may find that you have a bit too much fringe, so that it lacks definition. If you would like to thin them out, you have a couple of options.
You can remove alternating strands to create a more defined fringe. I try to cut the strands off in a ^ shape so the remaining strands join together smoothly. (Make sure to keep the strands you cut off! Check out the previous post for a hair scrunchie to match your scarf.) Give the remaining strands a tug, to help the ends curl up.
If you prefer a chunkier fringe, consider braiding the strands together.
In either case, you can knot the end or add a pony bead to add weight and help the fringe hang down nicely. I would have chosen something rustic and wooden for mine, but my daughter had star-shaped glitter beads (and a penetrating voice) so I stuck them on. Wrap the finished scarf around your neck once or twice and that’s it.
So there you go–a finished scarf in 10-15 minutes. (depending on how much “help” any nearby toddlers wish to offer) On Earth Day, you get two posts for the price of one!