How to polkadot tshirt scarf

How to make your very own pencil polkadot tshirt scarf, using an old jersey tee.  A craft for the ages.  You guysStop throwing out all your old basketball tees (shut up, you totally have old basketball tees hanging around.  Don’t you?).  *ahem*  Stephanie is a recycling, re-purposing ninja, so grab an old tshirt and your trusty scissors, pull up a seat, and learn how to whip up your own unity scarf. — (note from Allison)

DIY T-shirt Scarf

One of my favorite things about spring weather is scarves. Because one of my least favorite things is wearing a coat. (Somehow I managed to survive winter without ever buying one – I do live in Nashville though.) Scarves are perfect for adding warmth on a chilly morning and a touch of chic all day long.

DIY Scarf from t-shirts

And the best kind of scarf? One you don’t have to pay a dime for! I made these scarves from my dad’s t-shirts that were about to be tossed out. Seriously, don’t people know never to throw anything away without checking with the family crafter? The bigger the t-shirt you can start with the better.

How to Polkadot Tshirt Scarf

tee shirt scarf how to

How to Polkadot Tshirt Scarf Supplies:

  • A cotton or jersey t-shirt. Again the bigger the better.
  • Black fabric paint
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
shirt to scarf how to

Here’s how to get started: cut horizontally across t-shirt directly under the sleeves. Don’t stress cutting a perfectly straight line. When the ends curl up, no one will be able to tell. Then cut off the hemmed edge at the bottom.

diy shirt scarf

Then stretch, stretch, stretch. Use a friend or a door knob to help you pull. Keep stretching until the scarf is long enough to loop twice around your neck.

old t-shirt scarf

You can see in the photo above how the ends of the scarf curl in. I love this about cotton fabric – hurrah for not having to hem edges!

Now you’re ready to polka dot. Dip the end of the pencil eraser into the paint and dot away. I didn’t use a pattern because I wanted the dots to look random.

I recommend dotting both sides of the scarf. That way when you twist it around your neck you’ll see plenty of fun little dots.

t-shirt scarf tutorial

Have fun with colors! This purple scarf looks great with a touch of metallic.

pencil polka dot t-shirt scarf

But then again you can’t go wrong with classic black and white. What color scarf would you make?  Is a polkadot tshirt scarf something you already know how to do?

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Stephanie Gerber

Stephanie Gerber is a mother of 3 who writes for pretty mommies on a budget. She shares stylish and crafty adventures on her blog Henry Happened.


  1. Jan :

    This is such a cool idea. It looks easy enough that I think I could do this!

    • Allison :

      You totally could Jan! So easy!

  2. Maria :

    Wow! I’m so excited to try this! I think I will make a few for my girls, too! We have old t-shirts all over the house. Such a cute idea. (btw, I just came across your website today…….I’m obsessed!) Thanks for all of these fun, and cheap-o ideas!

  3. Tracy :

    Love it! Made mine with a super soft XXL mens shirt from Goodwill. Now I have an awesome new scarf for under $5. Thanks so much for posting this!

  4. Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos :

    I am a serious sucker for a few things in life. Three of them happen to be scarves, polka dots, and repurposing things that my husband thinks we should get rid of. SCORE!

  5. katrina :

    Oh heck yeah! All those crappy shrunken, too short, t-shirts have found a purpose! Boo yah thank u Allison :)