DIY Ruffle Scarf

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… 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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32 Responses
  • imklvr
    December 9, 2011

    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!

    • Cheryl
      December 14, 2011

      ALWAYS in need of another Grandma! ;-)

      • [email protected] creager
        October 19, 2012

        What a creative idea for a t shirt. It is so cute. Great ideas!

        • Cheryl
          October 22, 2012

          Thank you so much! I hope you’ll check back this year for the 25 days of Christmas Series..I hope to have a fre more t-shirt upcycles!

  • [email protected]
    December 9, 2011

    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.

    • Cheryl
      December 14, 2011

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

  • Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano
    December 9, 2011

    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.


    • Cheryl
      December 14, 2011

      Thanks Kelli! I LOVED your wreath!

  • Jill
    December 9, 2011

    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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    • Cheryl
      December 14, 2011

      Thanks Jill!!! I appreciate it!

  • Tammy
    December 11, 2011

    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!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cheryl
      December 14, 2011

      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!

  • Karah @ thespacebetweenblog
    December 12, 2011

    CUTE! What a great idea. Would make an awesome homemade gift. Nice job!!

    • Cheryl
      December 14, 2011

      Thanks Karah! I was thinking so also!

  • anne
    December 13, 2011

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

  • RubyJeans
    December 13, 2011

    Oh this is SUPER SUPER CUTE!!!! and has so MANY possibilities… Be sure to Link this one as well

  • Jodi Ferris
    December 14, 2011

    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!

    • Cheryl
      December 14, 2011

      Thanks Jodi for spreading the love!

  • Jenn
    December 17, 2011

    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 :)

  • Tammy/ FancieStrands
    December 18, 2011

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

  • northern cottage
    December 19, 2011

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

  • Meg
    December 20, 2011

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

  • Michelle
    October 28, 2012

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

    • Cheryl
      October 29, 2012

      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.

  • anamariasantos
    December 2, 2012

    muito criativa a sua sugestão…..bjs

  • mary stumpf
    May 18, 2013

    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?

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      May 24, 2013

      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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