I'm therefore on the prowl for some good gift ideas. And since I'm a poor college student, I am always looking for good crafty, cheap, DIY projects that can be given as gifts.
I got this idea from a friend whose scarf I loved, and she told me she made it out of an old t-shirt! I then found out that the original idea came from a company called Necklush, and according to their Etsy account, they are selling these scarves for upwards of $30! But there is a really simple way to make them out of old t-shirts, so I will give you the instructions here. You can use old t-shirts or go buy cheap ones in large sizes. I haven't actually had time to try it yet, but I'm planning on doing a few for Christmas.
- any t-shirt, old or purchased (extra large sizes work best if you're going to triple up the scarf around your neck)
- scissors or fabric cutter
- optional decorations (paint, dyes, etc.)
- Choose a t-shirt from your give-away collection or buy a cheap new one in whatever color you like.
- Cut off the top neck and sleeve part of the t-shirt, so you're left with the torso section. It will just be a large loop of fabric.
- Cut off the bottom hem of the shirt.
- Now is the time if you want to decorate your fabric using paint or dyes. Preferably, you should wash it or at least wet it afterward so the fabric isn't stiff. Figure out which way the fabric rolls up so you can decorate the outside part that will be showing once it rolls up.
- Cut strips across the shirt horizontally about an inch wide. Now you will have a bunch of loops.
- Stretch out each loop individually. They stretch a lot. You want them to end up skinny and rolled however they naturally do it. Gather the loops together
- Cut a section from the sleeve and tie it around one part of the gathered loops to hold them all together. Or you can use a small section of one of the stretched out loops.
- Voila! Figure out all the fun ways to wear your new scarf!
This instructional video is from blogger Brittney Gray. It's super simple!
Here are some variations that I'm thinking about trying:
- tie-dying or painting the fabric
- braiding or fishtailing some of the loops together
- experimenting with knotting and twisting the strands