Ruffled Scarf

Ruffled Scarf
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Step 1: Getting Started

Need some new accessories to add to your fall wardrobe but short on cash? Try recycling your old t-shirts into pretty ruffled scarves to add a little frill to your chill! To start this project you will need to some t-shirts (size XL and larger are best). Old or new they are all the same, you will just want to make sure they are made of cotton so that they stretch and curl properly.  I am using the lacy top of this shirt for another project so I thought I would use the rest of this shirt for this project even though it may not have as much material as I would like it will still work- how does it go, waste not want not? :)
Difficulty: Easy

cotton t-shirt
circle template or dinner plate



Step 2: Instructions


Start by using a plate that is 8 – 10″ in diameter to trace a circle on top of your shirt using a pen or pencil.

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Using scissors or a rotary cutter- cut out your circles making sure to cut through both the front and the back of the shirt with each circle. This gives you 2 circles with one cut job- which makes for less work, a plus in my book. If you want a lot of ruffles you can keep doing this until you have 10-14 circles of t-shirt material. I only had enough for about 8 circles but if you want more ruffles, cut more circles.

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Now start cutting the circles into a spiral about 1 1/2″ – 2″ wide from the edge as shown below. Don’t worry if it isn’t the same thickness all the way through or if the cut isn't perfectly straight because when you stretch it you won't even notice.

Step 3: Finishing Up


Next grab each end of your new spiral and stretch the material out and it will naturally start ruffling up into a perfect ruffle. Continue this same cut into spiral and stretch process until you’ve done it to all of your circles.


Now take all of your ruffle strips and stack them together and you’ve got a scarf! You can take an extra strip of t-shirt and tie it around the portion that would go behind your neck to secure together.


I just draped the whole stack of ruffles then grabbed one ruffle and wrapped it around the wrest to create a tie right below my neck…and that worked great. Feel free to Accessorize however you feel- add or flower or leave as is, they are cute and frilly!


About The Author

Jenny Newman is a devoted wife and mother who enjoys creating new projects, patterns, and activities and crafting meaningful home-made treasures.  Her signature crafting style is simple, affordable and fun!  We hope you enjoy Jenny's crafts and patterns as much as we do.