DIY Braided T-Shirt Scarf – Scarf Week Day 1

Cool and easy tutorial to repurpose those old and ugly t-shirts: DIY Braided T-Shirt Scarf. Have an awesome scarf in less than 20 minutes!

How many times have you given away old t-shirts? If you ask me, I would answer, “I lost my count LOL”. And do you how many things you can make repurposing T-shirts? Ooooh that’s the real question, isn’t it?

You wouldn’t believe how many. If only I had known all this years ago. And guess what? Scarf is one of them… Yup and there are tons of ways to make them so today I’m sharing my DIY braided t-shirt scarf Woot!!!!

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DIY Braided T-Shirt Scarf – Scarf Week Day 1

I’ve been having a blast from Scarf ideas. I love scarves, you know?. You wouldn’t believe how many I have and you can add these 5 new ones you will be seeing in the next few days LOL. I saw this cool scarf idea over at Put up Your Dukes and I LOVED it with all my heart and I knew I had just the T-Shirts to make it buried in my closet haha!!!

closer view of pinky Braided T-Shirt Scarf

I’m so happy to be part of the 2nd annual Scarf week which I must say it’s been so much fun! Just to give you a hint, I even learned to crochet for this challenge LOL. So you will find so many awesome ideas to inspire you and many of these are so easy to make, you don’t need to be a crafter to make it but for others, if I could learn, I’m sure you can too!

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For the scarf week Day 1, we and to make a scarf using {duh} T-shit, so here is how I made mine. It’s more like a cowl than a scarf since I’m size S, the scarf is right the size to fit my head and give a nice touch around my neck to what I’m wearing.

What you need:

  • 2 old T-shirts {preferably in different colors}
  • Thread and needle {sewing machine optional}
view of two used T-Shirt

I measured my available usable t-shirt fabric and it turned out I had just the enough fabric by cutting right under the arm whole and the bottom hem.

Cut in a straight line both.

view of T-shirt already cut

You will get this:

view of the two cut T-shirt pieces

The cut the seam on one side to have 2 long strips of fabric

Folding both in half and overlap them one on top of the other like this:

view of Folding both in half and overlap them one on top of the other

Insert your hand under the crook of the bottom loop and grab the ends of the top loop.

view of hand under the crook of the bottom loop

Pull the ends of the top loop through the crook of the bottom and lay them on top of the bottom crook.

view of the resulting knot

Repeat this process. I could do it just twice, but if your T-shirts are longer you can do it 3 times or mores as you like it.

view of the resulting knots

If you feel this too complicated, you can check out Keight’s Video on her posts which makes this process so much easier!!!

Take one end of each color from one side of the braid.

view of  knots with two end sides up

Straighten them up and place them matching up the raw long edge and keeping right sides together.

view of matching up the raw long edge and keeping right sides together

Stitch along the raw edge of both ends, you can do it manually or with a sewing machine. Repeat on the other two ends.

view of the stitched edges

Roll raw sides towards inside the scarf to create kind of a tube. Put both together.

view of Rolled raw sides

And that’s it!!! You have a pretty scarf in less than 20 minutes! How cool is that???

DIY Braided T-Shirt Scarf ready image
view of Braided T-shirt Scarf on Hanger

Isn’t that awesome! I’m SO loving it and love how it looks with gray!!!

modeling Braided T-shirt Scarf
closer view of DIY Braided T-shirt Scarf modeling

What do you think, easy right?

Here you have a list of the Rest of the Scarves I made for the Scarf Week!!!





Want to check more Scarf Week ideas and inspiration? Check out these!!

The T-Shirt Scarf fun has only just begun!  Be sure to chomp those shark scarf teeth into each of these inspirational D.I.Y. projects hitting the blog-o-sphere today.

7 D.I.Y. T-Shirt Scarves | Who knew all the upcycling possibilities that existed with something as simple as a t-shirt? We've got neck scarves, cape scarves, wrist scarves...and this is just one of FIVE inspirational themes during the Second Annual Scarf Week. Let's get scarfy!

DIY Jersey Knit Tassel Scarf by Made in a DayKnotting T-Shirt Yarn Wrist Scarves by It Was WeekendRecycled T-Shirt Project | No-Sew Braided Tassel Scarf by Happy Hour ProjectsHow To Make A T-Shirt Super Hero Cape by Crafty BondsFaux Tye-Dye T-Shirt Scarf by Apron Strings & Other ThingsDIY Braided T-Shirt Scarf by The Crafting Nook10 Minute Fringe Infinity T-Shirt Scarf by The Thinking ClosetImage Map

Click the images above or links below to check ’em out.

1.  DIY Jersey Knit Tassel Scarf by Made in a Day

2.  Knotting T-Shirt Yarn Wrist Scarves by It Was Weekend

3.  Recycled T-Shirt Project | No-Sew Braided Tassel Scarf by Happy Hour Projects

4.  How To Make A T-Shirt Super Hero Cape by Crafty Bonds

5.  Faux Tye-Dye T-Shirt Scarf by Apron Strings & Other Things

6.  DIY Braided T-Shirt Scarf by The Crafting Nook

7.  10 Minute Fringe Infinity T-Shirt Scarf by The Thinking Closet

Coming Soon….

Here’s a glimpse at what’s coming up later this week!

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To access all 5 days of Scarf Week, visit our co-coordinators, Lauren from The Thinking Closet and Vanessa from Tried & True.  They’ll be updating their posts with the clickable collages as they go live this week.  And you can also follow along with our hashtag, #ScarfWeek2015.

It’ll be wave after wave of amazing inspiration, no fish-bones about it!

 And be sure to stop back here tomorrow to see my next scarf tutorial!

Stay scarfy,

Til' next time...

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  2. Lovely DIY, Cami!. That knot is quite cute and love the colors of the two t-shirts you decided to combine together ♡

    1. Thank you so much Naznin!!! So glad you like it… it’s so super easy to make you wouldn’t believe it!

  3. I love the knotting technique you used. It looks really cool. When sewing the ends together, would you recommend doing a zigzag stitch or a regular straight stitch? I know zigzag was necessary for using knits to make clothing, but I was wondering how that would work with the scarf, or if it was even necessary.

    1. Hi Mackenzie,

      That’s actually a great question. I’m not really a pro at sewing but I didn’t think zigzag was necessary. T-shit knit doesn’t fray and all the raw edges would be hidden inside the scarf, so I didn’t think I needed to do all the zigzag and stuff. If I would be like selling it I would probably do all the zigzags even around all the raw edges. Since it’s crafty I gave myself permission for imperfection LOL. I mean if you are more pro than I am and feel more comfortable doing it, go for it… Craft world is what you make of it! Is how you like it and feel better!!!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  4. Oh yay! What a pink-tastic creation you have here (and I have to say, I was also smitten by your adorable nails.) I have yet to venture into the wonderful world of braided scarves, but I’ve seen a few today that have me mega-inspired. Also, huge props to you for participating in all 5 days of Scarf Week! You are a rockstar. Off to pin!

    1. hahaha Thank you Lauren!!! I’m in love with my nails and I can’t believe they have last over a week!!! This scarf is so much fun, it’s easy to make and you can repurpose old t-shirts!!!

      ooooh I’m super excited about the whole 5 days, I needed this getaway and be pushed to craft… Craft is my relax zone! THANK YOU for the opportunity!

  5. I love the colors you picked for this pretty scarf! I’ve never made one of these but your detailed pics are totally making me think I can. Thanks so much for joining us during Scarf Week!

    1. Hey Vanessa, happy to have you visiting! This scarf is super easy to make, At first I thought it was complicated but then when I started, boom! done in a few minutes! And I LOVE how it looks!

  6. Oh, that’s also a pretty knot… may use this one the next time, mine was more comlicated :)
    Like your scarf, definitely have to check for some shirts in pretty colors!

    Love, Elena

    1. Hi Elena! Yours was so much fun too! I love learning new knots and yours is a must try too! Glad you like this, it’s so super easy and it popups from whatever you wear!!! I love it!