DIY Fringe Scarf

08.19.2011 | by:

Everyone needs a go-to fringe scarf in their fashion repertoire. Here’s an easy way to make your own.

What You Will Need:
-Old T-Shirt
-Good Scissors

Step 1:
Go through your old T-shirts and find a daring print or color combo. For a cleaner look, choose a solid.

Step 2:
Cut horizontally across the shirt, just below the armholes, to create a rectangular tube.

Step 3:
Working your way around the tube, make a series of vertical cuts that extend from the raw edge upward. The longer the cut, the longer the fringe will be.

Step 4:
Tug down on each strand to elongate it. You can also have some additional fun with it by knotting some of the ends!






Creative Commons License photo credit: Cathy Hayes for Lakeland Local

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52 thoughts on “DIY Fringe Scarf”

  1. Beth says:

    What a super cute idea!! Thanks Cathy.

  2. Beth says:

    What a super cute idea!! Thanks Cathy.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Sure thing! :) 

  3. Mary Ann says:

    Cool! I’ve been using old t-shirts for crochet rag rugs, but this is another great idea!

  4. Mary Ann says:

    Cool! I’ve been using old t-shirts for crochet rag rugs, but this is another great idea!

    1. Anonymous says:


  5. Becky says:

    Thank you, this is a great idea.

  6. christy whitney says:

    Im going to make one tomorrow- thanks for posting tiis great idea….

  7. mindy says:

    I made one for myself,loved it. My boys wanted to cut up some shirts too. So we did, but I cut off the bottom of the shirt as you did, cut off the bottom band, cut the cirlce, cut fringes on both ends, then stretch. For boys it will be a winter scarf so one that matches the coat is a good idea. But for little girls the colors and patterns are endless:)

  8. Lesleigh says:

    Have students sign the t-shirt before fringing it, to make a meaningful teacher gift. Once it is fringed and pulled, the signatures become more of a design, but the point is, the children’s names are there.

  9. LA Edwards says:

    What a fabulous Idea. It reminds me of when (I am dating myself now) I was in highschool and we had jean handbags made from old jeans. It is nice to see more people becoming creative with an idea for using old clothes instead of tossing them out. Creative and wonderful. Looks classy. Who ever came up with such an innovative idea is a genius. I can’t wait to try it. Thankfully I have back ups in case I screw up the first one. :-)

  10. Luz says:

    I did it… and can’t wait to wear it! Loved this idea, so easy and it ends up looking really, really cool. Thank you!

  11. Patricia says:

    Looks Great

  12. Sarah says:

    Absolutely adorable! Very resourceful, practical, and easy!! I’ve seen it all over Pinterest, & just tried my first (solid black). Can’t wait to try it with a pattern. We will probably make this our craft to do with women residing at local shelter! Woot!

  13. Sonja says:

    I did this and it totally worked :) great idea

  14. Christine Mortenson says:

    Loooove it!!!! Thanksor the great post : )

  15. Amie says:

    Love this tutorial! It looks so easy but chic.

  16. Xhead says:

    Saw this in real life today. Tomorrow it shall be mine!

  17. Lana Lucas says:

    I made this scarf, using an old tie dyed T-Shirt. I knotted the fringes on the ends and this created a little extra pizazz to the scarf.

  18. Caryn says:

    this is brilliant-now I know what to do with all those old t-shirts!

  19. Monica Palmer says:

    This is so cute, so I had to try it. I started with old t shirt. What I see in your picture is your using a thin Ann Taylor loft tee shirt. I think the thinner the material the better and a smaller size tee shirt. But my old xl t-shirt still turned out really cute and now on to find the right color and fabric. Thank you,

  20. Mikki Shafer says:

    Good will stores are great for this project. The shirts are only 3.00 and the supplies are endless. LOVE IT

  21. Miranda says:

    Thank you so much for these instructions! I made a slew of them today and posted them on my blog :)

  22. Kara says:

    Thanks for such a fab tute, I found it via Pinterest, I have blogged about my try and linked to this post

  23. Nancy says:

    OMG. Just made one and it’s amazing. Thanks so much. I can have one in every color….

  24. lalalajdirj says:

    not bad

  25. Brenda Lewis says:

    Made this today and LOVE it. May t-shirt was and XL so it came a bit long on me so I doubled it up like the infinity scarf and it looks awesom. I am wearing it to work tommorrow and maybe i can get a pic. I kind of like the way doubling it gave it even more frige and it still was not too much around my neck ( I am not a huge having tight things on my neck nor do I wear turtle necks so evening doubling it it was still lite. Thanks for the great idea. I will be making more t-shirt scarves in the different style but I loved the fringe do much it was the first I wanted to try. Also I wasnted to add once I decided on what shirt to use( that is probably the hardest part-lol) it probably only took 20 minutes to make and it was lots of fun.

    Thanks for the great idea.


  26. Brenda Lewis says:

    excuse my spelling, should have spell checked– it is late at night:>

  27. Mary ellen says:

    I tried this last didn’t work…I used 100% cotten shirts is there a trick or a particular type of shirt I should use?

  28. Debbie Grove says:

    I can’t wait to try this scarf. I have a small group of girls ages 9-12 at church and always looking for ideas that take an hour or less and this seems like it will be simple enough. Thanks for a great idea!

  29. Kari Tevis says:

    I love this idea! I have a new use for all those tshirts we don’t wear much! I am a bit confused though. You said to cut the vertical cuts (for the fringe) from the raw side up. Is the raw side the one you just cut under the arms? Or is it the bottom with the hem? Looks like you cut from the hem end. I don’t want to mess it up!! Thanks!

  30. Its look like stone-age fashion :)

  31. urbanettegal says:

    Amazing, will make one in the future :)

  32. fashiomatic says:

    Wow..! I have never seen such a reasonable recycle peice of garment.
    wonderful idea…!, indeed.

  33. Laurie says:

    I love that idea! Very Thrifty and cute! I love the fabric and the color too!

  34. Miss Eve says:

    Love this!!!!!

  35. May Park says:

    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
    (FYI, I made it myself. You can check on my blog here.

  36. Margret Moudy says:

    This is the cutest idea eve!

  37. Darlene Walker says:

    This is such a great idea! I love the suggestion to go to the good will to purchase the t shirts. I have family and friends that would love this as a gift and will be making a few for sure. thanks for sharing.

  38. Nancy says:

    Would you allow me to pin a photo on Pinterest? Thanks.

  39. Christy says:

    I had been wanting to try this idea for a while. I first saw the idea on Pinterest. Afte clicking on a few pins I finally found directions…this is one of the easiest, COOLEST refashion project I have ever created…I will wear a different one daily….Thank you so much for sharing!

  40. Kenzie says:

    This will be great for my free enterprise thing at school! they will make some money! Super cute idea. Thanks!(:

  41. nikki says:

    that looks really weird lol

  42. Xeta says:

    LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE ITTTTTTTTTTTT!!!! Saw it and made it in 7 minutes, REALLY. It took me longer than that to find my good scissors (I hide them from the kids and myself apparently). And I bought the “T” at the Dollar Store, they sell brand new irregulars for $1. Now my teenage twins want it, I’ll show them to re-purpose their old “T’s” too.

  43. Lee says:

    Would this work if you cut from the raw edge and leave the finished edge around your neck???

  44. Dorothy Bentley says:

    Love it, you are so talented. Thank you for sharing with me.
    I really appreciate your talent.

  45. Kyra says:

    Nice hope I can make one with out messing up

  46. peggy says:

    The first one I made worked well. I didn’t know the fabrid content of the T-shirt. The next one was 100% cotton and it didn’t pull well. The directions didn’t comment on the contend of the shirt. So I am guessing that you shouldn’t use 100% cotten.

  47. Suzette says:

    Did you put on a few lbs? Did your t-shirt shrink? Don’t toss it – use it to make a scarf! It will still fit around your neck just fine!

  48. Mary Kay says:

    I just made the scarf and I totally love it!! Thank you!!

  49. Lisa says:

    I have been looking for the perfect quick, chic DIY gift idea and now I have found it.
    Thanks !!

  50. Janna says:

    Super creative idea! I loved how easy it was. I did one bold colour and one neutral for versatility. I would recommend a small t-shirt to anyone trying it, mine is a medium, and just a bit too long.

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