Make a Ringlet T-shirt Scarf for Fall

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

This little ringlet scarf made out of old t-shirts is so fun for fall! There’s no sewing involved (hallelujah!), and you can make it while sitting in front of the TV in less time than it takes to watch a really good, trashy show on E.

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

Since I have an abundance of orange and blue Auburn shirts (and we go to a lot of the crisp, fall football games) I decided to go with Auburn colors. This scarf goes together so fast and is basically free to make – it’s perfect to wear in support of your favorite team! :)

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

The best part about this cute scarf is that the only supplies you need to make it are a few old tshirts and a pair of scissors. That’s it!

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

So grab a few tees in your favorite colors and start by cutting off the hem. We’ll be using it later!

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

Then cut the shirts into strips about 3/4″ wide. I cut 8 strips from each shirt for a total of 32.

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

Give the loops a nice big stretch.

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

And wrap them around you hand.

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

…31 more times.

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

Now take those hems and cut them into strips about 5″ long. Use those to tie all your loops together…

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

Into one long chain.

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

That’s it! You now have a cute, comfy, and ultra cozy t-shirt scarf! :) I first saw this scarf on Cut out and Keep. Such a cute site – so many fun projects there!

Happy Fall… And have a great weekend! :)

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122 Responses
    1. Amanda

      Hi Kim! I didn’t do anything with the sleeves and neckline, I just cut strips starting from the bottom of the shirt. Hope this helps! :)

  1. MES

    Definitely clicked on this because I loved the colors and wanted to recreate because I have an abundance of Auburn shirts. Thought it was just a coincidence they were Auburn colors… but nice, love it! WDE :)

  2. Brandee

    My daughter’s fiancé made this for her, I fell in love with it. He sent me your link, I loved making this scarf! To those who had problems with the strips not curling up, that happened on my first shirt. I went to the next tee, it worked fine. The difference between the 2 tees: the one I did not get a curl from was 100% cotton. The ones that curled great were 50% cotton / 50% polyester.

  3. Emily Bell

    Hi Amanda,
    I love your scarf and just made one similar and now I’m trying to figure out how to wear it. Any tips? I watched your cute “ways to wear scarves” video but none of those ways quite seemed to fit with this scarf, so since you have one I thought I’d just ask you. If you have any recommendations or photos wearing it will you post them or send them to me? I’m a first grade teacher and I also adore your fonts. I use them in my teacher products all the time. Thanks for all your creative inspiration and hard work!

  4. mary-margaret raymond

    War Eagle!!! I am an Auburn grad and I when I saw your pictures I was so excited…and then I saw you were an Auburn fan..even better!!!!

  5. Lynda

    A wonderful project, we made these in middle school special ed class last year. We will be making them again for Christmas gifts.

  6. Robin

    Thanks for the great idea! I cut the sleeves into strips and tied them to the end rings for tassels, and they look awesome! Definitely going to be Christmas gifts this year.

  7. sarah

    I made one with a striped knit shirt and three other solid shirts and I did two strips of links and then connected them making it super chunky…love i! Thanks for the explanation and your photography stuff you have on here.

  8. Ana Vidovic

    I think your scarf is amazing and i would like to use the picture of it in my article for croatian teen fashion site. Would you mind answering me to e-mail? Thank You

  9. Olivia L

    Love love love! Wasn’t as easy as it sounded! But it works pretty well! But I chose a different team of tigers to make mine for! Go Clemson :)

  10. Sewing (And Food) From the Heart

    I love this. I think I’m going to try it for my cousin’s Christmas present. She wants a scarf, a “fun, not winter” scarf she says. She emailed me a picture so I know what kind of scarf, not exactly like this, but I was thinking this might be fun to do and give to her along with a scarf more like what she wanted.

    And then make myself one. :)

  11. Andrea

    Such a fantastic idea! I am always looking for easy cute crafts that don’t require any sewing. (I am terrible at it!).
    I’m from Canada, so would bulky fabric/fleece work?

  12. Suzanne Shepherd

    Made the ringlet t-shirt scarf this afternoon! My t-shirt strips didn’t “curl” like yours did, so my scarf ended up looking like a garland of rosettes, LOL. I don’t mind it, but like yours better and wonder why the knit fab of my shirts acted differently than yours?? I did it in yellow, orange & white – Candy Corn for Halloween! Will try to send a picture. Thanks for all the fun you bring to us.

    1. Tanya @ A Little Bit of Everything

      I cut 3 shirts and one of mine did the same thing. I’m guessing it’s just a different knit.

  13. Venus

    wow, this is nice… i intend to throw some of my worn out t-shirt.
    I will try this one… thanks for sharing this unique project.

    BTW, your blog really interesting.

  14. peachjelly

    A very pretty scarf indeed! I would definitely try to make one. I’m excited! Thanks for sharing this wonderful and creative idea. Looking forward to learn more from you. Thanks!

  15. Teresa H

    So very cute! My only complaint is that I don’t have time to make it before Auburn’s season opener since I still haven’t done my tailgate cooking. Just found your website today through Pinterest, and this adorable scarf is going on my Auburn page! War Eagle!

  16. safiyya

    omg!! thanks Amanda! i made one yesterday out of baby blue dark blue and grey, it came out fab, i added two little pom poms for a cuter effect, but credit goes out to you! thanks u rock!!

  17. theurbanbaker

    such a great idea on so many levels. it’s practical, you are “re-using” the old and the cozy, and it’s adorable. I love your site, Amanada…I need to come and visit more often!

  18. Lori Register

    Love this! Made one last weekend…I am the least crafty person I know…mainly because I never had time…however with the sweet daughter away at college…the mama has lots of free time in her empty nest all of a sudden. Actually made two…one for her and one for me! Since I also have an abundance of orange and blue T-shirts, I am going to make more…but they are that other orange and blue team (Go Gators!!)…which are few and far between now that I live in the land of the War Eagle!!

  19. Amber H

    I finally got the chance to make my own version today!!! It was so easy and is so cute! Thanks for sharing the awesome idea- I am a scarf junkie and can’t wait to wear this one! =)

  20. Sara Moon

    Wow! I love this. You have made my snow day home fabulous! Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas, what an inspiration you are! Do you have any tips for pantry organization?

  21. Jessica

    That is SO adorable!! I’ve been going through old t-shirts and just made one out of USF shirts! I’d love to send you a photo to see it :) suchhhh a cute idea and way easy, took less than an hour!

  22. Nancy

    I just found your blog thru Pioneer Woman’s. This is the cutest scarf I’ve ever seen! I just added you to my favorites because I know I will love reading your blog!
    Happy 2011!

  23. Zanna

    I just made a scarf this morning for the first time and I love it! I agree with a previous comment. Your directions are much easier to understand and the pictures are clearer. Thank you for posting this project. I can’t wait to wear mine to work.

  24. Steffi

    Ack! It has been forever since I’ve checked out our blog and oh.em.gee I love this idea! I think I am going to scope out thrift stores and makes these for my sisters for Christmas!

    1. Steffi

      and by “our” I meant your…funny what happens when you forget one little letter….Ps…I love “our blog” ;-) Miss you…with me of Woof and being insanely busy I have been so bad about checking in!

  25. Nancy Augustine

    Thank you so much for this crafty project. I made one for my sons last football game this year and it turned out so cute. I got sooo many compliments on it and now I have to make a bunch more for the rest of the football moms.

  26. Jo-Anne Jackson

    I used three of my hubby’s old t-shirts in fall colors and whipped one of these up. I am a teacher, and wore my new scarf to work today. Now, I’ve been asked to give a class to other teachers to share the idea with them. You started a new trend at our school!

    We’re going to call this gathering Coffee & Crafts. I’ll be teaching it next Wednesday morning before school. Another teacher has already asked if she can teach jewelry making for the next session. THIS IS GREAT! Thanks Amanda!!!

  27. Leasa

    So cute! I am definitely going to make this. I think I may use old tees from my kids that I just haven’t been able to get rid of for sentimental reasons.

  28. Susan

    This is so cute, my 11 year old wants to do this as the craft at her upcoming party. One question… the scarf looks pretty long in the picture, could you shorten it for young girls and if so any suggestions on how many loops to do?

    1. Amanda

      Absolutely! :) With 32 loops, the scarf is 78″ long, which means each loop is approximately 2.5″ long. I would probably start with 16 loops and add more if they want it longer! :) Have fun! :)

  29. Carmen

    This scarf is so cute!! Such an easy and affordable project too. I would love to feature this scarf with a link back to your blog on my blog. Would you be okay with that? I have a few different blogs I’d like to feature every once in a while. Please contact me and let me know. These are just lovely!!

  30. Ai

    This is so cute and creative♥ I went to check out the original site, but I definitely like yours better! I just want yours instead of making my own haha :P


  31. Sherrie B

    What a great idea! Now I know what to do with all of those orange and blue Gator t-shirts in my closet that have been replaced by new ones. Thanks for the wonderful idea Amanda! This will be on my list of things to do today, along with watch the Gator game, of course!

  32. marla {family fresh cooking}

    This scarf is too cute & I bet it looks great on! What a fun project Amanda, you are so creative & inspiring!! Have a wonderful halloween ;) XO

  33. Bev

    Amanda, this scarf is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while and looks so easy to make. I will be making one for my granddaughter who is attending Longwood U. I love your site with the great pictures and instrutions. Tried a chicken recipe the other night and it was a big hit with DH. Thanks

  34. Rachel

    are you kidding? how cute is that?!

    What a great idea!

    (ps…I’m a lurker who found your blog somehow…I forget how. Anyway, I’ve enjoyed following you!)

  35. Katherine @ Grass Stains

    You had me at “the only supplies you need to make it are a few old tshirts and a pair of scissors.” LOVE.

  36. Lisa

    Hey Amanda!

    Wow! This is great! I checked out the other site and your instructions are so much easier to understand. Thank you for your clear pictures and very detailed instructions….because I def need them!

  37. Wendy

    I think we will make these with my Brownies…. they love recycling…. crafts….. and fashion….. sounds like a winning project.

  38. eme

    oh that is so creative!! i should try that one day. why didn’t i think of that?? LOL

    now to find shirts that we no longer use.. hehe

  39. Kandy S

    Hmm…good idea. My husband and I have tons of orange and blue shirts also.(GATOR colors) Thanks for all the ideas. I just sent your link to all my girlfriends. If we make some, I’ll send you a picture.
    I just love your blog. You do such a nice job, it is clean and easy to read.

  40. Shelley @ Green Eggs & Hamlet

    I am going to make one of these for each of the ladies in my family. Just gotta hit up Goodwill for some more t-shirts. What a cool idea, thanks!

  41. Kristin W.

    Myself and my daughters (ages 9 1/2 and 3 1/2) are going to make these next week. Thanks so much for the info Amanda! We can’t wait!!!

  42. Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic

    Hands down the cutest thing I’ve seen in forever!!! Thank you for the how too it’s so cute! i can’t wait to make some of my own! [In alabama colors mind you *wink*] I knew as soon as I saw the colors they were for Auburn – SO cute!

  43. Shopping diva

    Fantastic Idea!!!! Have to give it a try!
    Even if I mess it up, they are just some old shirts, would throw them out eventually anyway :)))

    Have a nice weekend!

  44. Lori

    I just made one! So super simple, and so much fun. I love a quick before and after turnaround. And, of course, I made an Auburn-themed scarf as well. Will look super cute while I wear it this weekend! Thanks for the idea, and WAR EAGLE!!!

  45. Thrifty Mama B

    Thanks for sharing. That’s really cute, easy and cheap my favorite 3 words when it comes to projects. Shared this on my blog with link back to you :)

  46. Ann Daly

    Oh this is great. My secret sister in my ladies group is an avid U of A (Arizona) fan. I just need some red and blue and she will be all set! thanks. looks like fun.

  47. Dalis

    yay… I love it… actually my little one needs some scarfs and I was just going to throw away some lightly stained t-shirts from her that are too small for her… yay… off the trash they are coming!

    — dalis

  48. Lori

    WAR EAGLE! I did my doctorate at Auburn. I love it when you talk about Auburn on your blog. Keep up the awesome craft ideas! Love them all!

  49. Heather

    So cute! What a great idea! I will have to give this a try…but maybe go with South Carolina colors so my husband doesn’t get upset. :)

  50. Heather @ Sweet Sins 2 Share

    I am so doing this! I want to this weekend but with the Halloween Party I have Saturday I think this might be a project for next week! I love it!

  51. lg

    Thanks for the project! You’ve awakened my craft monster and I’ve already started calculating how many t-shirts we have at home. I really like the fact that you can recycle old shirts and it doesn’t require a lot of extra supplies. Simple & fun! Thanks.

  52. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    This is so cute! I have so many old t-shirts, but they’re all white! I’ll have to raid my husband’s closet – I know he’s got tons that he should get rid of :)

  53. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Such a cute idea!! What if you have t-shirts with stuff written on them though… which is what I think most of my t-shirts have. Just use the bottom portions of them?

    1. Amanda

      Hey girl! I just turn them inside out and when you stretch the loops, the fabric kind of rolls over on itself and you can’t see the design anymore. Have fun, let me know how it turns out! :)

  54. Dorcas

    I enjoy getting your emails! Always smile when I get a kevinandamanda email. I love this scarf I idea. I am going to try and make these with my little ones. I think they will have a kick out of it. OH! BTW! We made that chocolate frosting that you posted the other day! OH! MY GOODNESS!!! To die for! UMMM!!!! Thanks so much for always sharing these wonderful ideas and DELICIOUS recipes!


  55. Deb

    Amanda! Great! Btw, may I have your help on “How to Use A Cute Font For Your Blogger Post Titles”? I’m jammed on that :P Pleassee! Oh, and anybody can help me here? Thanks! :D

  56. Amanda Walker

    Wow what a neat looking scarf!! I love your posts, keep em coming! Well at least I know what to do with my old T-shirts that I need to clean out of my closet!!

  57. jenni roseland

    wow! that is super cute! i need to make one for when we go to the cardinals games! the whether is getting a little chillier here in az!

  58. Tammy Hassebrock

    Super cute! I bet my 14 year old daughter would love to make these, and thanks to Old Navy – she has boat-loads of t-shirts.

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