Ora et labora
~St. Benedict

Monday, January 9, 2012

T-Shirt Scarves for Boys & Girls

We just got a burst of cold and wet weather, so this project is quite timely. Although, these are great to wear in the Spring as well. 

I wanted to create these fun scarves for a while now, and got some much needed inspiration from a beauty guru named Carah.

Prep:  For this project, you will need sharp scissors & over-sized T-shirts that are pre-washed. You'll want to use shirts that are 2-3x's bigger than your normal size.

Step 1.  Pick a T-shirt to deconstruct. Local Craft stores have them for cheap. We got 4 shirts for $9.99 at our local craft store.

Step 2.  Spread T-shirt over cutting surface & smooth out wrinkles. Next cut straight across, starting under one sleeve & over to the other. You are cutting both the front and back of the shirt, and only using the lower half of shirt.

Step 3.  Cut the bottom seam off of the shirt.

Step 4.  Now you have a band, like an infinity scarf.  You are going to cut fringe on both sides (long ways), leaving the center of the band uncut (about 2 inches).  Don't cut the short ends/sides, because you want to keep it like a band.  We ended up liking the fringe wide, so you can experiment with that.  And cuts don't have to be precise. I let Little T cut it up.  **Helpful hint: we found that if you fold the band over length wise, then the cuts only have to be made once, but you must have sharp scissors for children to be able to maneuver through the fabric.

Step 5.  Pull & tug on the fringe pieces. Also, stretch out entire length of the scarf.

Step 6.  Wear & Enjoy!