This Is The Scarf That Never Ends

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  September 13, 2011 — 1 Comment

Yes it goes on and on my friends.

So easy to make, and can be created in a plethora of colors. I started with an old t-shirt.

Cut across the shirt just under the arms, then cut off the bottom hem. The middle part is what will make up the scarf. Feel free to cut off one of the sleeves and wear it as a hat. I guarantee it will make you smile.

I decided to make things interesting with a little tea-dying experimentation. To be fair, this wasn’t my first tea-dying rodeo. I thought the color of the yellow ribbon that I posted about yesterday was a little too high-contrast for my downstairs bath, so I got the idea to tone down the shade a little bit by tea-dying. It didn’t really work. I guess grosgrain ribbon is too tightly woven. Or maybe the yellow was too bright for the subtle tea color to really show. Or maybe it did change a little and I just can’t tell because I didn’t leave any ribbon un-dyed to compare it to. Anyway, even though dying the ribbon was a big ol’ fail, I thought the process was kind of fun and wanted to do a post about tea-dying. Enter this scarf.

So I boiled some water and added two family-sized tea bags. Let it steep for a bit.

Then put my shirt in and let it sit for a while.

After probably thirty minutes I took it out and rinsed in cool water, then popped in the dryer. Now it’s ready to be worn as a longer necklace-ish scarf.

Or doubled up to warm the neck. The oyster color is perfect for fall.

I really like the way it looks when twisted up a bit for a rope-like effect.

My favorite part of this scarf is that you can make it out of any old t-shirt in two point five seconds. Got a shirt you love the feel and color of, but maybe the fit’s not so flattering anymore or it’s sporting a hole under the arm? Turn it into a scarf! OR use fabric dye to give it a custom color. The bigger the shirt, the longer the scarf, so I may be stealing a shirt from Nicholas to make another one.  I even saw an idea on Pinterest to use dye to create an ombre effect and bought some yellow dye to whip one up for football season (when I get around to it).


Adorbs. You should totally try this out. I cut and dyed my new scarf while on the phone with my BFF and eating dinner, so you know it’s not one of those pesky projects that will require all of your brainpower. Like teaching yourself how to sew a zipper or make fabric piping. And if you’ve got a little more time on your hands and want to get fancy, you can sew the edges together to make it a tube. Just leave a little section open so you can turn it inside out, then stitch it up by hand (just like a throw pillow).

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


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