Braided Scarf from a T-Shirt

Posted on January 15, 2014

Thanks to all the feedback and support on my last video to request for more DIY t-shirt scarf tutorials! This week, I’ll show you guys how to do a few versions of a braided scarf!

By the way, I got a haircut!! What do you guys think of my short(er) hair?! I love it even though I’m still getting used to the shorter length. I got it done at Salon Haze on West Broadway in Vancouver.

For this tutorial, there was a similar scarf to this was actually being sold for $46 online until someone figured out how to DIY it. I saw the imitation tutorial on Put Up Your Dukes’ blog but it requires sewing – that doesn’t work for me since all my videos are 100% no sewing required!

I thought of an alternative way to secure the ends by cutting tabs and tying knots. So let me show you how to do that and how to do the braiding part!

You’ll need: 

Two XXL t-shirts of different colours that go well together – they can be the same shade, opposite contrasting colours or patterned. I highly suggest using t-shirts that don’t have side seams or you’ll have a seam in the middle of your scarf. Avoid t-shirts with hard printed on graphics that go below the armpit holes (where you’ll be cutting a straight line across) unless you’re using your creative judgement to overrule!

Alternatively, you can use fabric, which is what I’m doing.

Step 1: Turn fabric into rectangle

If you’re using a t-shirt:

Cut a straight line across the t-shirt from armpit to armpit. You’ll get a wide tube of fabric.

Open up the tube by cutting a straight line up. Now you’ll have a flat, rectangular piece of fabric. It should measure approximately: XL: 23 x 16.5 and XXL: 25 x 17. Extend the length by un-threading the bottom hem, using this tutorial. This way, you’ll get a raw fabric edge which is better for a scarf and a little bit of extra fabric.

If you’re using fabric:

Cut a rectangle that is 60 in x 18 in (30 in x 18 in if the fabric is folded in half).

Step 2: Fold in half and start braiding

Fold the rectangles lengthwise so it’s long and skinny.

If you know how to sew, you could sew the fabric together lengthwise (so you get a long tube of fabric) as directed in the tutorial I found online but I’m going to make it optional for my tutorial since I like keeping things simple, it will still turn out cool without it being a tube so I don’t think it’s necessary!

How to braid: 

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  1. Lay out the two pieces of fabric in sideways U shapes, overlapping in the middle. Have the fabric on the right side on top.
  2. Stick your hand through the hole in the middle to grab the two ends of the right-side U. Pull it up through the middle.
  3. Repeat and you’re done!

Step 3: Connect the ends together

If you know how to sew, you can sew a straight line around the two ends to connect the scarf into a circle.

But, I’m going to do this the Salinabear way! Layer the two ends on top of each other (to cut both at once and make it more efficient). Cut tabs 1 inch wide and 1 inch deep. Once you’re done, stretch them out and tie them together.

BOOM! That’s it!

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HOWEVER

You can do this project without cutting up t-shirts or fabric. You can use two normal scarves! Even easier!

Alternatively, create a similar braided scarf look with one regular scarf! Watch the original video tutorial here!

Hope you liked these braided scarves! I’ll have another t-shirt scarf video next week that I’m really excited about. See you in a week! Subscribe to my channel! Thanks guys, cya!

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