Friday, January 14, 2011

Ruffled Scarf Tutorial (from an old T shirt)

I bought a new dress a few weeks ago; I love it because it makes me feel like Rapunzel on Tangled. Which is fun, but not especially winter-ish. So, inspired by Dana at MADE (when am I not inspired by Dana at MADE), I whipped up a cute little ruffle scarf from my husband's old white T shirt. You know the kind that they wear underneath other shirts? That's the one. It was SO easy, took less than an hour. You can do it too!

First, cut off the arms and the bottom hem of the shirt. Then cut 3 strips from the remaining shirt. Mine were 6 inches wide.

Don't forget to cut a straight edge on the strip that curves from the arm holes.

When you're finished, you'll end up with 4 strips of fabric.

Pin the edges together and sew into one long strip.

Now, to create the ruffles. It's so easy, especially with the knit T shirt fabric. (Incidentally, I loved that I didn't have to hem the edges because I was working with knit.) Just adjust your tension and your stitch length on your machine to the largest number possible.
Starting at the top of the strip, sew a straight line down the center. It will naturally gather as it goes.

Then, sew another ruffle stitch down the center, about 1/4 inch from the first. No stress if your line isn't perfectly straight.
(Yes, those are my 4 year old's fingernails. She's such a helper!)

Finally, adjust your tension and your stitch length back to normal and sew a straight line on each side of your ruffle stitches. So, it will go Straight Stitch--Ruffle Stitch--Ruffle Stitch--Straight Stitch. Make sense?

Trim your threads and you're good to go! Ruffly goodness to wrap around your neck.


  1. Laurie, I LOVE IT. I am going to have to make one for myself. Thanks for the tutorial

  2. I think it would be fun to tye die it!