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Apparently, size does matter when you’re making a t-shirt scarf.

I found a super easy tutorial the other day by “Margo is crafty,” and thought it looked like fun.  One can never have too many scarves.  🙂  However, the tutorial did call for a size XL or XXL shirt, but the only ones I had lying around were mediums.

How much difference can it make? I thought, and I proceeded to make the scarf:

1.  Cut off the top of the shirt and the hem, and — if you want to do a fast cutting job — fold the bottom piece in half.  Make sure that the edges aren’t perfectly lined up; I left about an inch of fabric at the top of the fold.  This will keep your scarf together, so make sure to follow this step!  If this is too confusing and you don’t mind doing a little extra cutting, just don’t fold the shirt.  I’ll tell you how to proceed in the next step.  🙂

Remember to cut off the hem too!

Look at the right edge of the bottom of the tee — see how one edge of the shirt doesn’t quite line up with the other?  That’s what you want.

2.  Begin cutting your shirt into approx. 1.5 inch strips.  Start at the folded edge and go until you cut through the first fold at the other end.  Do not go all the way though the shirt!  Once you’re don you can unfold the shirt.  If you did not fold your t-shirt, just cut 1.5 inch strips all the up the t-shirt, leaving about and inch of fabric uncut at the other end.  It’s kind of like making fringe; the folding is just so you don’t have to do as much cutting.

See the top edge?  I've cut through that first fold, but NOT the second.

See the top edge? I’ve cut through that first fold, but NOT the second.

This is the shirt cut and unfolded.

This is the shirt cut and unfolded.

3.  Now grab the loops and stretch them as much as you like!  I found it easiest to do a few strips at a time, but you could just grab and stretch them all at once.

All stretched out!

All stretched out!

4.  Gather the uncut part of the fabric in your hand so you have a loop of fabric.   The strips you stretched will hang down like a big U.  Then take the hem you cut off and wrap it around the uncut piece — this gives the scarf a more finished look.  Tie it off and either tuck the ends under or cut them off.

The bottom of the U in the picture is the uncut fabric that I have gathered.  The hem is ready to wrap!

The bottom of the U in the picture is the uncut fabric that I have gathered. The hem is ready to wrap!

Hem is wrapped; I just snipped off those ends.

Hem is wrapped; I just snipped off those ends.

Tada!  You’re done.  I put a black flower pin on mine.

I'm so sorry it's upside-down!  I do weird things with the camera -- photographer I am not.

I’m so sorry it’s upside-down! I do weird things with the camera — photographer I am not.

So, back to the size. . .when I tried on my scarf, it hung about to my waist.  Well, that’s okay, right?  Sort of.  It looked okay that way, but I was really planning on doubling it up.  However, when I did that, it was way short — more like a really thick choker than a scarf.  Ah, well, I’ll still wear it…but they mean what they say…size does matter.

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