Delicious DIY project of the day: cheap, cheap T’s sliced into tasty scarves.
Dirt-cheap t-shirts have become a vice. I have a basket full, just waiting for some scissor love. I have made costumes, bags, headbands, dresses, play food, and more out them. Locally, I paw through the 5 for $1 bins at an otherwise obnoxious, and (for the sake of peaceful small-town living) unnamed) thrift store.
I even found a book on altering t-shirts second-hand. (Yes, I am a firm believer in the Thrift Guides from a strange and frugal spiritual realm.)
T-shirts and me go back a long way. In high-school I was making dresses and pants out of vintage He Man sheets and the like. And then I started chopping t’s.
Here are some more recent additions…
Usually, I won’t spend more than 10 to 15 minutes on a t project, but every once in awhile I settle in for a half hour or so of pinning and sewing.
Today, I made some scarves while I watched old school Speed Racer cartoons with the boys.
- Lay out the t on a cutting mat
- Slice off the bottom hem
- Cut 1 1/2″ strips horizontally across the shirt (not a continuous spiral) up to the bottoms of the sleeves
- Pull and stretch the strips to lengthen and so the edges roll
- Cut an extra strip that is about 18″ in length from the chest area of the t to use a a tie for the bundle of strips
- Stretch the extra strip and wrap the bundle of strips
- Stitch the ends in place
- Wear and pretend that the vines/octopus tentacles/mutant earthworms are strangling you, fashionably
What are some t-shirt projects that you love?
This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing, I need to give this a try!