By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.
Do you have a few T-shirts that you want to keep but don’t wear anymore? It’s a tricky when you have a few because it’s not enough to make a T-shirt quilt with, but it’s too many for a lot of small T-shirt projects. Well, I have a solution for you. Infinity scarves are great because you can wrap them around you, and they look great without a lot of effort. By following this tutorial, you can make a great infinity scarf out of your favorite T-shirts.
- Roughly cut out the side of your T-shirt with the design on it. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of room, you will be cutting it down to size later. Repeat for all of your T-shirts.
- Cut each T-shirt down to its final size. I recommend cutting all your T-shirts to a width of 13” and varying the length depending on the design. If you’re trying to preserve pocket designs, cut each one to a width of 7” and the same height. Sew two pocket designs together with a ½” seam to create one 13” rectangle. I do not use interfacing in this project because it makes the T-shirts too stiff; however, it makes cutting and sewing the T-shirts more difficult so be careful.
- Organize your T-shirts into one long straight line. All your T-shirts should be the same width, so organize them in the way you like the colors. Remember, your top shirt will connect to your bottom shirt when everything is finished.
- Sew your T-shirts together in the proper order. To sew the T-shirts together, essentially “fold” one T-shirt over the other. This will cause the pattern sides to be facing each other but the top T-shirt’s design will be upside down. Sew together using a ½” seam. Be careful not to pull too much or you will cause the shape of your T-shirts to distort. Repeat until you have one long line of T-shirts.
- Measure and cut your Jersey/Fleece to be the same size as your T-shirt line. You may need to sew multiple pieces of your jersey or fleece together to get the proper length.
- Sew the T-shirt front and the jersey/fleece back together. Pin so the seams are facing out and the “pattern sides” are facing each other. Using a ½” seam, sew the two pieces together.
- Flip the scarf so it is right side out.
- Sew the T-shirt side into a circle. Match up your beginning and ending T-shirt and pin together. Sew with a ½” seam.
- Sew the back side into a circle. Lay one end of the jersey/ fleece flat. Take the other side and fold it over approximately ½”. Pin this fold over top of the flat piece of fabric. Run a seam as close to edge of the folded fabric as possible.
- Your Infinity T-shirt scarf is ready to wear! Wrap it around twice for a looser look or three times for more warmth!