Repurposed Shirt to Scarf

Repurposed Shirt to Scarf

One day while going through my closet (though I should do this more often, it’s insane the amount of things in there that I don’t wear!) I found a shirt that was too big for me.  It’s a nice shade of brown and made from a  heavier knit fabric.  I immediately thought about a post that Ashley did over at Make it and Love it - she has a couple different scarfs she’s done from knit fabrics.  I used her posts for inspiration and tackled my shirt – hoping it could come out as something that actually resembled a scarf.

I’m going to walk you through what I did, having one long piece of knit would be easier but I was on a ‘use what you’ve got’ kick.

Start with…

  1. 1 knit shirt to be repurposed
  2. thread
  3. sewing machine (the only skill needed is to be able to sew in a line – it doesn’t even have to be that straight)

First… I ripped the seam out of one side of the shirt and also took off the sleeves.

Lay out the fabric where you can cut from the longest piece possible.  You want to find a section where you can cut two long pieces the exact same size – one for the front and one for the back.  I was able to get my pieces to be 5 1/2″ wide by 23″ long each.

This wasn’t exactly long enough for a good scarf – I wanted to add some more length to it so I could wrap it or tie it around my neck.  So I took my sleeves and opened them up.  Then I cut another 4 pieces (for both ends of the front and both ends of the back) measuring 5 1/2″ by 8″.  To make it easier you can stack your fabric and cut two pieces at once.

Lastly for cutting… I cut 20 1″ by 5 1/2″ pieces.  These pieces are going to be for decoration for both the front and back of the scarf on both ends.

Next I sewed 4 of each of the 1″ pieces to each of the 5 1/2″ by 8″ sections like so… (they are pinned evenly along the length leaving enough room for a 5th strip to be sewn on once  the scarf is assembled).

As the 4th photo above shows, next I took each of the smaller sections and attached them to the longer length of the scarf (1 on each end of the front and 1 on each end of the back pieces).

Next I took the final 4 1″ strips and sewed them on to the end of each scarf end right below the seam attaching the 5 1/2″ piece to the longer scarf piece.  Once sewn on, this will cover the seam between the scarf pieces making it appear that it is one long length of fabric.

Finally, I took the completed front and back pieces and put them right sides out and sewed a straight stitch along each side.  I left the ends open and the raw edges exposed on the sides.

There you go!  A completed scarf from a shirt that was on it’s way to Goodwill.  A new scarf out of things I just had around the house.  Awesome!

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