NO GLUE Updo of the T shirt Scarf

t Shirt Scarf

And here it is! An easier way to make this fabulous ruffled t shirt scarf!! Originally done by DIY DISH who are magnificent at what they do, by the way! Love them! Have a look at the link for their video tutorial.

From the first time I saw this fantastically easy idea, I knew I had to make a ton of them!! So I bought a bunch of T-shirts on sale at AC Moore and then just got busy. There is an easier and simpler and more cleaned up & polished way to make this scarf! No more glue!! It’s got to be that simple, sorry girls, but the glue just isn’t pretty on this scarf.

NO GLUE Updo of the T shirt Scarf


  • One XL or larger Jersey Knit Adult Jersey Knit shirt
  • Paper plates 
  • Sharp fabric scissors


t shirt crafts

Take a XL T-shirt, and place your paper plates as shown in the photo below. With sharp scissors cut around the plates. It does not have to be clean and neat. Chunky is fine, it will not make a difference in the end. But, here’s the trick… pay attention between the two circles, you need to leave a section of fabric to connect them so in the end it will be one long strip. See pic below. NO GLUING those circles together as before! WOO HOO!!

T shirt craft scarfSo here’s the trick… pay attention to the area between the two circles, you need to leave a section of fabric to connect them so in the end this will be one long strip. NO GLUING those circles together as before! WOO HOO!!

cut a t shirt scarfCut the connected circles around in a spiral. Again don’t worry about being neat, it does not matter in the end. I did notice when I cut them about 2 inches from the edge of the circle the strips were long and skinny ruffles. And when you cut them wider 3in+ they end up shorter but fuller. I did a little of both for mine. 

When you finish cutting your strip pull, stretch and tug on it a little. Stretching it will make the pretty ruffles, and the jersey knit will not fray! All this without having to use the glue like before! It just looks so much nicer in the finished product. T shirt ideasContinue cutting out more of these making 6 long strips. Then bunch them all together. I make them uneven so they graduate in the front and the ruffles are fuller. Then tie them around your neck. You can cut some strands short, some longer. I made a bunch of different colors to coordinate with different outfits. How easy was that?!!

No glue T shirt scarf

T shirt headband

The T-Shirt Sleeve headband

As I was cutting out all the T-shirt spirals for my scarves, my daughter decided to make her own version of a headband out of the left over sleeves. She’s too cute….and crafty like me!


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