I had an hour of free time last night, so I decided to recycle one of Joe’s old t-shirts and make myself a scarf out of it. This project was fast, easy, and only took me less than an hour start to finish (not counting the paint drying time).
Tip: Cut off the t-shirt hem and under the arms as directed in the photo above. Notice how the t-shirt material curls and rolls as you tear? You will want to paint on the top side, which may mean you turn the shirt inside out before painting
Once the above items were gathered, I laid down the plastic trash bag to protect my kitchen counter and just started painting. In the photo below, I used some purple, blue and silver metallic fabric paints. I work very fast, so it took me only 10 minutes to paint the t-shirt. Note that I used an inexpensive foam paint brush and some fabric paint I had on hand.
The painted t-shirt was then taken outside to my garden faucet. I scrunched up the shirt and lightly soaked it to blend the paint. I used my fingers to blend any white areas or would simply rub the damp fabric to saturate the t-shirt fabric. Here is what my painted fabric looks like after wet blending the paint:
Next, I hung up the fabric outside until dry. Notice that I left the hem on, knowing I would tear it off later.
Tip: Once your fabric is dry, I recommend you heat set it, depending on your brand of fabric paint. If you are not sure, go ahead and heat set the fabric to prevent color bleed.
The next step is to cut and tear the fabric into strips. Here is a helpful illustration to show you visually what I plan to do next:
I found that by snipping through the side seam first, then tearing until reaching the other side (about an inch away), you could then use the scissors to cut your t-shirt strips to create a long loop. Here is another visual for you:
Here is what your loop will look like:
To make the t-shirt fabric roll nicely, you just need to stretch it gently. Here is what my finished strips looked like once I bundled them together and used other rolled t-shirt strips to tie them into a lovely scarf:
At this point, you could embellish your scarf, add beads or tie charms to it. Braiding some of the strips is another option to try. Really, how you finish it off is up to you. I used the leftover strips to make dangling bits and for added texture.
If you make one, I would love to see it! My contact info is above. Hope you enjoyed this free tutorial. If so, go ahead and leave me a comment. Regards, Carla