Yarn and T-Shirt Skinny Scarf

After snipping out those cool images from your T-shirts to make projects, it seems a shame to ditch the leftover jersey. The same goes for leftover yarn remnants. Every little scrap has a place and a purpose in this scarf.

Reprinted from the book Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing by Kathy Cano-Murillo. Copyright © 2009 by Kathy Cano-Murillo. Photographs copyright © 2009 by John Samora Photography. Published by Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc.

What you'll need:

  • 24 pieces of T-shirt fabric, each 5x8 inches
  • 15 to 18 pieces of various contrasting color yarns each measuring 5-1/2 yards
  • Scissors, sewing machine, thread

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  1. Sort fabric pieces into two sets of 12.
  2. Sew one set of pieces, right sides together along the short edges, so you have one long piece. Repeat with the other set.
  3. Layer the two pieces, right sides together. Sew around three sides with a 1/8-inch seam allowance, leaving one short side open.
  4. Turn the scarf right side out. You don't have to sew up the open end.
  5. Topstitch around the three edges of the scarf.
  6. Snip the ends into fringe about 7 inches long.
  7. Sew half of the yarn pieces to one side of the scarf, allowing 7 inches to hang over the fringe. You can sew the yarn on the fabric in straight lines, curves, swirls, or squares. Do the same for the opposite side.


  • For a more uniform look, use the same colors of fabric and yarn, or use only two colors, such as black and white.
  • Add sparkle with yarn that has metallic thread in it.
  • For even more texture, stitch up and down the scarf, using only thread.
  • Try those stitch patterns you've always wanted to use.
  • Don't worry about small mistakes; this design hides them.

See the Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing Book for more projects like this.


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