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Make a scarf from an old t shirt

Scarves are such a versatile helpful addition to one’s wardrobe, never mind cosy and snuggly. Here in the UK autumn is making itself known, it’s the perfect time of year to make your self some beautiful scarves from old t-shirts. There is nothing better than making something new out of something old.

I don’t know about you but I always seem to have a pile of old t-shirts just waiting for inspiration to strike for a good upcycle. With the current working from home situation, my husband is living in t-shirts, inevitably sometimes they shrink or stain so get passed my way. It is hard to resist laying with such a wonderful array of colors.

This scarf makes the most of contrasting colors of t shirts and reverse applique. Create your own design or download the free template.

There are so many uses for old t-shirts, if you are looking for more inspiration check out:-

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How to make a scarf from T shirts

How to make a scarf from T shirts

Upcycle your old t shirts with reverse applique to make a beautiful, slow stitch inspired, scarf.


  • 2 Large T Shirts
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Paper or free template


  • scissors
  • needle
  • craft knife
  • pencil
  • taylors chalk


  1. Start by cutting out your scarf from your largest main fabric t shirt. This scarf widens towards the bottom of each side. You will need two identical panels.
  2. Print out the design or sketch your own on paper. I used a pencil making several attempts until I was satisfied with the finished design.
  3. Cut out your template, cutting out the petals. Use a sharp craft knife and cutting matt for a clean cut.
  4. Place the template on the bottom edge of one side of your scarf. Using taylors chalk draw around each petal shape.
  5. Next cut out the petals from the t shirt fabric - do not worry if your knit fabric curls a little.
  6. Cut out a piece of your contrasting scarf and place behind your cut out shapes. Pin in place to hold.
  7. Separate out three threads from your embroidery floss, thread your needle and hand stitch with running stitch around each petal shape. I have chosen a thread which co-ordinates with the contrasting fabric, but you could have fun with a third color. Repeat the process for the other side of the scarf.
  8. Lastly place your second piece of the main scarf behind, in effect lining the scarf and hiding the back of the stitching. Pin, then hand stitch along the edge of the scarf in similar length running stitch. Be careful to secure your thread hidden between the two layers of knit fabric.

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Saturday 19th of December 2020

I cannot wait to make my scarf. Thank you so much for your idea and instructions.

Sylvana Cole

Friday 18th of December 2020

I love it so beautiful I will try it on a T-shirt

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