Tuesday , 19 November 2019
This project takes 20 minutes, and all you need is an old tee and a pair of scissors! No sewing!! Its super easy, fun, and dare I say it… fool proof!?

20 Min Upcycled Tshirt Scarf How-to

This tutorial was inspired by this original post by Erin at Cut out & Keep.
I’ve named my scarf the Bacon Wrap. Read on to see why! I must have been hungry while preparing this first ever tutorial for TrashN2Tees. Donut train and Bacon Wrap!?
This project takes 20 minutes, and all you need is an old tee and a pair of scissors! No sewing!! Its super easy, fun, and dare I say it… fool proof!? I want to encourage all of you to try it out, share it with your daughters, sisters, and friends and feel free to upload your completed scarves on TNT: TrashN2Tees Facebook Page!
For my beloved Bacon Wrap, I used a mens shirt size Large, and made approx. 1.5 inch cuts. *Again theres no right or wrong way to do this- You have a M shirt and you’d rather make 1 inch cuts, have at it! Lets begin, shall we?
1. Hack up your tee. Start by cutting the hem off the bottom so that it creates a loop, I used this hem piece as well. Continue up to the arm pits cutting your 1.5 inch rings. When I was finished I had 12 rings total-
2. Wrap the rings around your hand. The amount of times you want to wrap it around depends on how you want the scarf to look. The less times you wrap it, the longer and thinner your scarf will be. The more times, the shorter and chunkier. I wrapped mine 4 times.
3. Carefully lay out your wrapped up rings, keeping them in their donut shape.
((at this point I decided I wanted more rings, giving me a longer scarf in the end- feel free to skip number 4 if your satisfied with your total amount of rings))
4. Hack off a sleeve at the seam. Now cut more 1.5 inch rings! I got 4 mini rings out of one sleeve. I was able to wrap each ring 1x. Using 2 mini rings sandwiched together to create 1 substitute ring- creating 2 additional donuts! (hmm more food!?)
5. Cut 2 inch strips from the other sleeve, use these to tie (double knot) the donuts together making, alas a donut train! (Oh and heres where you figure out why I call this the bacon wrap!)
6. Snip off excess ties and you’ve just upcycled your old tee into your very own yummy Donut Train!
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  1. Thanks so much for sharing my tutorial! I was pretty excited to see it this morning in my Handmadeology mail. This is a very easy and forgiving repurpose- experiment with multiple shirts, different size loops, or add a twist!

    • I completely forgot to promote my Earth Day blog event, please stop by http://trashn2tees.blogspot.com for the Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, RECREATE! Each day this month posting a different way to reuse items around the house. I’ve been joined by several talented Etsians for guest posts, more tutorials, and giveways too!

  2. This looks like fun to do with the kids. I wonder what else you could make with the loops? Belts, ect. ties for your sun dress.

    • Pam, now you got my thinker ticking! Flower broaches anyone? I hope you run w/ some of your great ideas- I’d love to see how might they turn out!

  3. How interesting…thats for the tutorial!

  4. Love this! I have a squillion old t-shirts and I can’t wait to start shredding one. Thanks!

  5. Oh, too precious, I want to make this scarf because I love wearing scarves and I love bacon….

  6. I made one of these scarves it came out great. I wore it for a bit but pleased to find that my 10month old pup has designated it as her favorite toy!

    So it’s a great scarf and an inexpensive dog toy :)

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