T-Shirt Ruffle Scarf Tutorial

T-Shirt Ruffle Scarf No-Sew TutorialWhen I started seeing these Ruffled T-Shirt Scarves around on Pinterest I knew I had to make some of my own funky accessories for this fall. The t-shirt material is so easy to work with, and ruffles naturally, so this is a great project to complete in 15 minutes or less. It’s also a great project for teens who are into accessories but not so into long drawn out crafts. I’m going to do this project with my step-daughter next time I get the chance.

T-Shirt Scarf Tutorial

First you need to get some t-shirts (size XL and larger are best). Old shirt, new shirt, they all work just fine for this project. Don’t worry too much if it has a small logo or picture on it, you can always trim that portion off or discard it if necessary.

First take a paper plate that is 8 – 10″ in diameter and place it on top of your shirt.

T-Shirt Ruffle Scarf Easy

If you have a light colored shirt you could trace around the plate in pen or pencil, but since my shirt was a dark navy blue I opted to go ahead and use my rotary cutter to cut out the circle shape while the plate was still in place.


T-Shirt Ruffle Scarf Project

Make sure you are cutting through both the front and the back of the shirt with each circle. This gives you 2 circles with one cut job. A plus in my book. Keep doing this until you have 10-14 circles of t-shirt material.

T-Shirt Scarf Easy

Once you are all done you can discard the left over t-shirt. All you’ll need now is your stack of t-shirt material circles and some scissors.  10-14 T-Shirt circles should be enough.

Ruffle Scarf Tutorial

Now I took two circles at a time and stacked them on top of one another. I then started to cut the entire circle into a spiral that was about 1 1/2″ – 2″ wide…just like shown below. Don’t worry if it isn’t the same thickness all the way through…that won’t matter later.

T-Shirt Ruffle Scarf

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.

Easy T-Shirt Rufffle Scarf

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. Accessorize your scarf with a flower for that extra pop of color. The no sew felt flowers I made earlier this week are great for that!

T Shirt Scarf Tutorial

T Shirt Scarf Tutorial

49 Responses to T-Shirt Ruffle Scarf Tutorial

  1. Rachel Sue says:

    Love these scarves! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  2. Marie says:

    This is so cute and easy! I love scarves and pretty much wear one everyday this time of year :) So glad you linked up with us! Hope you’re having a great weekend!


  3. I LOVE this!!!! It is cute and easy! I’m going to do this with my nieces! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my “featured” button.

  4. Natalie says:

    SO CUTE! This is awesome!

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  6. Marni says:

    I made one too from a post I saw on the internet. These are so fabulous! I am making them for our nieces for Christmas. The one that I did for me is turquoise and has an orange felt flower. I am obsessed with t-shirt crafts how. Pretty soon my poor husband won’t have any to wear!

  7. Tammy says:

    This is just great! I can’t wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing it :)

  8. Katrine says:

    Very cute! Pinned it for later.

  9. Lindsay says:

    Hey, just wanted to let you know that I featured this today from the Show & Share party–


  10. Katie says:

    Wow this is pretty darn awesome. I love it and need to make one asap!

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  12. Very interesting this scarf!
    I’ll try to do it.

    I made something similar, you can check it here: http://bas-redesign.blogspot.com/2011/10/bufandas-scarfs-sciarpe.html

    thanks for sharing.

  13. Erika says:

    Can the t-shirt be any kind of material. I wanted to go to Michaels and buy some of their colored shirts to do this project. Would thos work?

  14. Erika says:

    I’m really excited to try this project, but I’m wondering if the material of the shirt matters? I was going to go to Michaels and buy some of their colored t-shirts. Do you think that will work?

  15. chelsey says:

    Im confused. What do you do once you have all your ruffles cut and layed out?

    • SimplySalvage says:

      Hey Chelsey,
      You have a couple options, you can use a small strip of leftover t-shirt material and tie it around your bundle of ruffles to secure them all together. Just make sure you tie it at the point behind your neck so it won’t be visible. I just leave the ruffles all loose, drape them over my neck, and then take one ruffle and loop it around the rest at my neck to secure them all for wearing. There’s no right way! Just do what works for you!

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  17. Hannah says:

    Love this scarf! Made one, super easy!! Thanks! Seen it on pinterest:)

  18. Mary says:

    Followed your directions, but used some of the no pill fleece. Used 6 circles
    and it turn out oh so cute.’
    Love it
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Lori-n-TX says:

    I made these as Christmas presents and every liked them..someone asked me to show her how I made them and it was almost embarrassing to show how easy to make!!!

  20. Melissa says:

    Ok…. So I have to say again, when you’re not wearing this scarf it’s just a bunch of loose ruffles, right? (unless u tie together)….this doesn’t require seeing or anything??

    • SimplySalvage says:

      That’s right! You can use an extra piece of the t-shirt fabric to tie the ruffles together where they would hang on the back of your neck. But still, you would be able to pull one of the ruffles out of the tie if you tried hard enough. So yes, just a bunch of ruffles that happen to look fabulous hanging together and with a flower clip or other brooch!

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  22. Catherine says:

    I’m new to the crafting world and I LOVE this project! It took a little longer than I had anticipated to scissor cut everything, but the cute scarf is completely worth it! Thank you for sharing!!

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  24. I love how easy these are to make!

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  26. I love these scarves! They are some of my favorite to make!

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    • SimplySalvage says:

      Hey Helen! Thank you for the sweet note! Glad you love them, its about that time of year again to make some more at my house :)

  27. I just wanted you to know I featured your t-shirt to scarf tutorial on my recent post about 10 ten ways to re-purpose t-shirts: http://thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com/2012/10/from-t-shirt-to-treasure-part-1.html. Thanks!

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  30. This is the cutest make-your-own. I just finished making mine from a white t-shirt and am holding it together with your no-sew felt flower in Kelly green. Beautiful!!

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  36. Laura F. says:

    I just started trying to make these but mine always come out short. Should I be using a specific brand of tee shirt?

  37. Wendy P says:

    This is the cutest thing ever! My daughter and I are going to make one for her half-sisters birthday this weekend!! Thanks for the great tute!!

  38. Jorja Chabrillan says:

    This kind of project is perfect for teens, since teenagers wants to create something new and unique items on their own.

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