How to make a T-shirt scarf | Arts & Culture
Judy Bates, the Bargainomics Lady, joined us on Good Day Alabama with a great do-it-yourself idea. She calls this project a "craft for the craft-less."
Judy says you don't even need to know how to sew to make your own T-shirt scarf, plus they make great gifts, too. It takes about 20 minutes to make one. If you have a t-shirt and a pair of scissors, you're ready to begin.
1. Start with a clean T-shirt in whatever color you want to work with. Look for shirts that are seamless down the sides or else have only one seam. A size large or bigger gives you the fullest scarf. Judy bought her shirt at The Foundry Thrift Shop in Cullman for 40 cents each since they were $1.99 with 80 percent off.
2. Smooth the T-shirt flat. Turn it sideways and cut it off armpit to armpit so that you have a solid rectangle of fabric.
3. Cut the hem off. Then cut the rest of the fabric side to side into one-inch wide strips so that you end up with a bunch of long loops.
4. Gather the loops together and hold one side in one hand and one in the other. Stretch the fabric as far as you can. If you're short, the easier way to do this is to stand on one end of the loops and pull the other end with your hands.
5. Now you're ready to finish your scarf. Cut a one-inch strip of fabric from the top of the t-shirt that you set aside - Judy goes from sleeve to sleeve.
6. Gather your loops together with the seamed sections in your hand. Starting just in front of the seamed section, put the strip of fabric over the loops and start wrapping, tucking in the end you starting with. Wrap a two to three inch section, covering the seamed sections of your loops and use your scissors to tuck the end of your wrap piece inside the wrap.
7. You've got a finished scarf! For the one Judy wore today, she added a little embellishment by cutting some very narrow pieces and sewing them onto the middle of the wrapped section and stitching a button into the center.
8. There are a jillion ways to decorate a scarf once you've made it. And this is the perfect time to get started so you'll have all year to make these for gifts all year long, including next Christmas.
For more on this project and other deals, visit www.Bargainomics.com.
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