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Do-It-Yourself Tuesdays: The T-Shirt Scarf


It doesn’t matter if you go to an Ivy League school or a community college, there’s one thing that all colleges have in common and that’s FREE STUFF. Namely, free t-shirts. My dresser is currently overflowing with them (of varying sizes) and there’s no need for all of that cotton getting in the way of the cashmere and the silk.

But I don’t want to throw them away! That’s wasteful and with Earth Day coming up, I don’t think I could do it. So I’ve started looking for fun ways to reuse my t-shirts. There’s the obvious pillows, bags and blankets, but now I’ve discovered a super chic new project: t-shirt scarves! Scarves are the easiest way to add some oomph to an outfit, and now you can do so for free.

Below are two different types of t-shirt scarves – pick the one you like best, or make ’em both. Lord knows you’ve got plenty of material to work with.

1) A cotton t-shirt, any size any color
2) Scissors

Fringe Scarf:
As seen above.

1)    Cut the t-shirt horizontally just below the sleeves so you’re left with the square-looking bottom half.
2)    Cut one of the sides so the shirt becomes a long rectangular piece of fabric.
3)    Lay the shirt upside down so the seamed bottom portion of the shirt is on top. (This will allow you to have a strong edge to keep the scarf intact.) If there is a design on the shirt that you want to see, keep it facing up.
4)    Make small vertical incisions about 1 inch apart, depending on how wide you want each strand.
5)    Once you’ve made all your cuts, pull each strands up so it tears further up the fabric and gives the fringe a more “curled” look.
6)    Add any adornments (pins, buttons, etc.) you choose to your fabulous, totally green, totally unique new scarf!

Ring Scarf:
For this scarf, you may want to grab a couple of shirts in different colors to make a fun combo piece. Also, the larger the shirt the bigger the loops, which means a longer scarf.

1. Just as before, cut the t-shirt horizontally just below the sleeves so you’re left with the square-looking bottom half.
2. Keep cutting the bottom half of the shirt horizontally so you end up with loops. Usually an inch per loop is wide enough, but the measurements don’t have to be perfect!
3. Take each loop and stretch it so the sides curl up a little. It should be almost double in length now, more than enough for you to wrap.
4. Hold all your loops together and take one hem piece (you can cut off part of a sleeve for this) and wrap it around all the loops and tie a knot so they’re bundled together.
5. Throw it on over a white t-shirt and jeans and work it, girl.

I am currently a sophomore at Duke University (AKA the best college ever!) and I can seriously say that I'm livin' the American Dream. I've lived in the States all my life until 10th grade, at which point job transfers led us to move to Shanghai, China. So I guess I'm a Chinese-American, a twinkie, a banana, and an ABC. Sah-weet! There are so many things out there that I love (besides Duke basketball, obvi) including juicy celebrity gossip, yummy new recipes, the latest new trends, fitness tips, or just some DANK STUFF (yes, I used the word dank). I'm undeclared right now, but I'm leaning towards a psychology & public policy double major, and a certificate in journalism. My dream is to become a broadcast journalist, and maybe someday become a sort of "Asian Oprah.". I would love to work in the international field of journalism so I can combine my Chinese and American heritages together into one melting pot of awesomeness. Oh, that reminds me. If you're ever in North Carolina, I'd be happy to give you a tour of our lovely campus. And if you're ever in Shanghai for the Summer or Winter breaks, let me know and I will show you what it's like living in the best city in the world.