Recycled DIY Dyed Fringed T-Shirt Scarf

These are recycled t-shirt scarves made from old white t-shirts that belonged to my husband. You would have never guessed! 

scarves made from t shirts

I have a whole bunch of his old t-shirts and I was dying (no pun intended) to try this. 

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First the dye...

I used 2 colors Rit Wine and Royal Blue for this project.

Since the original writing of this project, Rit dye now comes in easy to use bottles. 

box of rit dye

I have to admit I thought dying fabric was going to be very messy but it wasn't too bad. 

First I gathered a couple of very large pots...

Large metal pots

I filled them with hot water, the dye packet and 1/2 cup of salt.

shirts in blue dye

I submerged the t-shirts and while I was at it I threw in a couple of white shirts that might look nice in Wine or Royal Blue.

pot of t shirts in blue dye with tongs

I held down the fabrics with kitchen utensils so all the fabric was under the water.

rinsing blue t shirt in the sink

I rinsed the shirts with cold water then put them in the washing machine and ran them through a full cycle, then into the dryer.

I cut the across the t-shirt from under the arm straight across to the under the other arm. 

I then cut off the hem on the bottom so I had a large circular tube. (the body of the shirt) 

I cut slits in my t-shirts about every inch from bottom to top. I cut from the bottom of the shirt, then I pulled the slit to stretch it about 3-4" from the edge of top. The t-shirt material stretches a lot so it gets large. 

And here are my new fringe scarves.

Row of fringed scarves on hangers

The gray and the black were from gray and black t-shirts, it couldn't be easier and no dye involved. 

The stringy scarves (on the right below) are made by cutting strips of the t-shirt across the chest of the shirt once the arms and hem are removed. 

Cut 1-2" strips all the way down the shirt keeping them in a circle. Stretch the circles so they are all the same size then wrap on 2 sides with another strip of t-shirt fabric. 

I hope this is easy to understand, this scarf is actually my favorite! 

fringed scarves on hangers

The Royal Blue came out more like a dusty blue but the longer you leave the shirt in the dye, the darker it becomes.

These scarves will turn a plain outfit into something special at almost no cost to you! 

Collage of DIY scarves

fringed scarf collage pin


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .