Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Girls Night Craft Night - No Sew T-Shirt Scarves

Last night was our first craft night of the new year.  Jamie and Bethany came over, I made some spaghetti (always a crowd pleaser), Bethany brought some garlic bread and Jamie brought some super delicious peanut butter cookies with Hershey Kisses on top.

The craft we decided to do was some No Sew T-shirt scarves.  These are a great craft for many reasons, but mainly:
1) No sewing!  This makes it super easy and super quick.  Don't get me wrong, I do love sewing, but for a group activity, these are great.
2) Upcycle!  It's a great way to reuse old t-shirts. Remember how I said in this post, that we had at least 8 bags of Goodwill?  Well for this craft I went digging through those bags and found some old t-shirts to use.

We used this tutorial
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and this tutorial
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Pretty right?  Super simple.  I did the first one since the t-shirts I used had text on them.  Jamie created one like the second picture.

For the style that I did, all you need is a t-shirt or two (or however many colors you want) and a pair of scissors.

Lay the t-shirt out flat and cut 1-2 inch strips going horizontally working your way up the t-shirt.

Once you have a strip cut off (which will be a circle when you open it up because you want to leave the side seams in tact), then you stretch it out.  Stretching it will cause the sides of the strip to roll up (this is why you don't need to sew!)  After you do this to a few strips, you should have a pile that looks like this...

Once you have as many as you want, grab a piece of scrap t-shirt that you didn't use, gather all of the strips and tie them together like this:

And that's it!  You can cover up that spot where you tied it with a cute flower or other embellishment.  Super easy right?!  

The design that Jamie did was just as easy.  She started with an X-Large t-shirt (for this design, the bigger the better) and used a paper plate as her template.  The first step is to trace as many circles on the t-shirt as possible.  I think you should be able to get any where from 8-10 circles total (4-5 traced circles, once you cut them out, then you'll have double, one from the front of the shirt, one from the back).  It should look like this:

Then, on each individual circle (separate the front from the back) cut in a spiral.  Follow the black line that I drew on the below picture:

After you cut the spiral, you'll want to stretch it out similar to how you did with the first design.  This just helps to curl in the edges again.  Once you have all of your circles cut into spirals, you can use an extra piece of t-shirt to tie them up again and cover with a cute embellishment.  If you watch the video in the tutorial, it should help explain it a bit more.  

So there you have it!  Two super easy scarf tutorials!  Now, go find some old t-shirts and start cutting!  

Happy crafting :)

1 comment:

  1. I want to see the final product!! These look super cute!! :)