I heart scarves.  They can make a boring shirt, fun!  Here is how to make your own Ruffle Scarf from a T-shirt!  You can be festive for the holidays or you can make one for your girlfriends!  They are so easy and so cute, it will be hard to make just one…believe me!


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Items Needed:

  • Big t-shirt (2XL if you can find one!)
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors and/or Rotary Cutter

Start off with a giant T-Shirt!  I’ll repeat the same thing now as I did when I made my Flower Shirt and my Halloween Shirt…check out the clearance racks at Wal-Mart.  I got mine, size 2XL on a clearance rack in the Men’s section for $3.  It was perfect!

DIY Ruffle Scarf

Next using your paper plate as a template, cut out as many circles as you can on your fabric.

DIY Ruffle Scarf

Next what to do with your pile of these:

DIY Ruffle Scarf

Using scissors, I cut the circles into spirals.  I did two different sizes/widths of spirals.  If you cut your spirals thin, you will make more loops around the circle and your resulting strips will be longer.

DIY Ruffle Scarf

If you cut your spirals thicker, you will make less loops and your resulting strip will be shorter.

DIY Ruffle Scarf

I did 3/4 of my circles, long (thin spirals) and 1/4 of my circles short (thick spirals).  I think this will give your scarf depth rather than all the strips being the same length.  Once all your circles are cut into spiral strips, pull on the ends of the strips so that the t-shirt material curls.

Since the lengths are different, I found the center of each strip.  I used a door knob as my holder!

DIY Ruffle Scarf

The center of the scarf strips will go behind your neck.  To gather I simply took one of the ruffles and looped it around the bunch and tied.

DIY Ruffle Scarf

You can leave it as is..OR…remember the tutorial on the fabric flowers I shared the other day???  Well…..you can add one of those to an alligator clip and attach!  Here is one I made that I added!

DIY Ruffle Scarf

Please don’t mind the fact that my sweater is hardly the sweater you’d wear a scarf with and the fact that it is covered in lint from just folding a huge batch of towels!

DIY Ruffle Scarf

DIY Ruffle ScarfI am loving the ruffles!

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  1. imklvr

    LOVE it…again! And you! Your real….towel lint on your sweater! I enjoy your posts so much. If you’re ever in the need for a step grandma, look me up!

  2. Super cute idea! I wish I would have seen this before I went to a Christmas gift exchange party last night! Stopping over from Keeping it simple to say thanks for featuring my simple Christmas garland. I am a new facebook friend! Have a great weekend.

    • Thanks Jess! I loved your Garland. It is actually on my to-do list! Thanks for your inspiration!

  3. I love this scarf! Brilliant!

    I saw you over at Keeping it Simple and you featured my wreath. Thank you! I’m your newest follower.


    • Thanks Kelli! I LOVED your wreath!

  4. Jill

    BRILLIANT scarf! Love this upcycle!

    I just stopped by to let you know that I featured your printable Christmas eye chart today!
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    Thanks for linking up to our Christmas Carnival Linky! Hope you have a great week!
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    • Thanks Jill!!! I appreciate it!

  5. This is just lovely! I might have to watch the thrift store racks for cheap T-shirts too. Have you ever made them with a mix of colors? I think some experimenting is in order here! OOO red and green for a Christmas scarf?? I’m soo inspired now! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ohhh Tammy you read my mind! I was thinking these would be GREAT for team colors! We are talking about heading back to my Husband’s College Basketball game and wouldn’t this be cute to wear in their colors? Post yours on my facebook page if you make one! I’d love to see it!

    • Thanks Karah! I was thinking so also!

  6. anne

    So cute, easy and cheap. Three of my favorite things!

    • As they are mine Anne!

  7. Jodi Ferris

    Love, love , love this! I was so excited to try it, and even more excited to share it with my co-workers. Thanks for a great tutorial and idea!

    • Thanks Jodi for spreading the love!

  8. Jenn

    This is awesome! I love the fabric flower! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I’ll be featuring this on my Facebook page today. Have a great week!
    Jenn :)

  9. Love this! Just sent my hubby to Walmart for t-shirts. Thanks for sharing.

  10. how lovely – definitey adding to my crfty to-do list! thanks for sharing! xoxo

  11. Meg

    SOOOO cute! And it’s so easy! I’m sure even I could do this. :) Merry Christmas!

  12. Michelle

    Was the shirt you used 100% cotton or a cotton blend?

    • Michelle, I am sorry but I have no idea! I made that last December 2011 and cannot even begin to remember!! It was a men’s t-shirt from Wal-mart.

  13. anamariasantos

    muito criativa a sua sugestão…..bjs

  14. mary stumpf

    I get a lot of lint after making a t shirt scarf. I’ve used a lint roller on it and still get it and it gets all over my shirt. Love the scarf, hate the lint. What can I do?

    • Hmmm Mary. What kind of shirt are you using? I had minimal link from mine so maybe it depends on the shirt type. Or maybe be sure to give it a good wash first? sorry I can’t be more of help!

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