DIY Jersey Knit Tassel Scarf

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Jersey Knit Tassel Scarf

Don’t throw out those cute patterned knit shirts you may have! Make one of a kind scarves out of them! My family did a huge closet clean out and we literally have mounds of clothes in garbage bags ready for our next garage sale lying around. This got me thinking, why throw out or donate clothing with great colors or patterns on them. Instead I am using some of them for crafty stash fabric.

This project for Scarf Week is a perfect way to upcycle your t-shirts or jersey knit clothing. Of course there are a million ways to make a t-shirt scarf, but if you are a follower of mine you already know I am a huge fan of tassels and all things bohemian! So you know I had to make a t-shirt tassel scarf! These came out so cute and super easy to make. Let me show you how~

Jersey Knit Tassel Scarf


  • T-shirts or jersey knit fabric
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Sharp scissors


Lay your T-shirt out flat to cut

Choose a cute pattern of jersey knit and an accent color for tassels. Lay your t-shirt out smooth.

trim t shirt below sleeves

With your scissors or rotary cutter, cut straight across below the sleeves. Try to find a long wide shirt so your scarf will hang lower than your chest when finished. Next cut straight across just above the bottom seam of the shirt. This is your scarf.


Cut the next shirt or jersey knit fabric out the same way.

Trim T shirt into small strips

Lay the shirt on your rotary cutter mat and measure and slice 1/8 wide and 8-9 inch long strips. These are your tassels.

Pull tassel through slit in t shirt

On the edge of your scarf, cut a 1/8 inch slit 1/2 inch from the edge of the scarf. This is where we attach the tassel. 

pull ends through loop on tassel

Gather 4 strips together neatly, fold them in half and put the loop through the hole in the scarf.

Pull tasssel tight on scarf

Grab the loose ends and put them inside the loop and pull tight.

Tie a double knot on scarf

Tie the tassel in a knot again near the edge of the scarf and over the other knot. Pull tight so the knot gets tight, small and snug.

Trim tassels on scarf

Trim the tassel down to 2 inches and your are finished. Move down the scarf 4 inches and repeat on both side of the scarf. And that’s it! So easy and super cute!!

Jersey knit tassel

multi color t shirt tassles

Here is the shirt I used for the tassels on the white scarf.

jersey knit tassels

DIY T-shirt Tassel Scarf

I hope you enjoyed this super easy DIY now check out the other scarf week projects made by more fab bloggers for Scarf Week!


Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?

The T-Shirt Scarf fun has only just begun!  Be sure to chomp those shark scarf teeth into each of these inspirational D.I.Y. projects hitting the blog-o-sphere today.

7 D.I.Y. T-Shirt Scarves | Who knew all the upcycling possibilities that existed with something as simple as a t-shirt? We've got neck scarves, cape scarves, wrist scarves...and this is just one of FIVE inspirational themes during the Second Annual Scarf Week. Let's get scarfy!

DIY Jersey Knit Tassel Scarf by Made in a Day Knotting T-Shirt Yarn Wrist Scarves by It Was Weekend Recycled T-Shirt Project | No-Sew Braided Tassel Scarf by Happy Hour Projects How To Make A T-Shirt Super Hero Cape by Crafty Bonds Faux Tye-Dye T-Shirt Scarf by Apron Strings & Other Things DIY Braided T-Shirt Scarf by The Crafting Nook 10 Minute Fringe Infinity T-Shirt Scarf by The Thinking Closet Image Map

Click the images above or links below to check ’em out.

1.  DIY Jersey Knit Tassel Scarf by Made in a Day

2.  Knotting T-Shirt Yarn Wrist Scarves by It Was Weekend

3.  Recycled T-Shirt Project | No-Sew Braided Tassel Scarf by Happy Hour Projects

4.  How To Make A T-Shirt Super Hero Cape by Crafty Bonds

5.  Faux Tye-Dye T-Shirt Scarf by Apron Strings & Other Things

6.  DIY Braided T-Shirt Scarf by The Crafting Nook

7.  10 Minute Fringe Infinity T-Shirt Scarf by The Thinking Closet

Coming Soon….

Here’s a glimpse at what’s coming up later this week!


To access all 5 days of Scarf Week, visit our co-coordinators, Lauren from The Thinking Closet and Vanessa from Tried & True.  They’ll be updating their posts with the clickable collages as they go live this week.  And you can also follow along with our hashtag, #ScarfWeek2015.

It’ll be wave after wave of killer inspiration, no fish-bones about it!

Stay Scarfy


  1. This is super cute. And what a great way to recycle all those old tee shirts. I’m really going to try this. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Merry Monday.

  2. Your scarves turned out great! I love those tassels. What a great way to upcycle some t-shirts! Pinned.

  3. I love the tassels on the ends. I would’ve never thought to do that. We just did a closet clean out too, but I donated most of it :-( Wish I saw this sooner.

  4. Super cute idea! I would have never thought of this without Scarf Week! So glad I found your blog… Now to pin for later!

    1. Glad you liked them Mackenzie! They are super easy to make, thanks for pinning.

  5. Wow, this is so cute!! Tassels are huge right now and I know a ton of people that would love one of these beauties!! Thanks for the tutorial…I love that you used an old shirt, too!!

    1. Thanks Brittany! I am a tassel nut right now. Check out all my other tassel tutorials from the past year!

  6. How cool! I was wondering about doing something like this, but for sme reason I didn’t actually know how to make it happen, duh… a hole… I just thought it needed some special cut or seam and you made it so easy!

    1. Too Funny Camila, glad to inspire you! Thanks for pinning!

  7. Oh wow! As if I needed any more reasons to be obsessed with tassels…. This is fin-tastic! And I actually already have a cute collected of patterned knit remnants. Thanks for opening me up to a whole new world of scarf possibilities! And thanks for participating in Scarf Week 2015 and helping to make it such a huge success. Off to pin!

    1. Thanks so much Lauren! Glad you liked my scarves. I am a tassel freak and I love how these came out! I may need to make more for my own extra large scarf collection, lol! So fun being a part of Scarf Week this year and hopefully many to come!

    2. Aw you are too sweet! Scarf week has been great! How fun! Let me know if you have any more challenges coming up to join! Thanks for pinning!

  8. Oh my goodness, I super love your easy take on a tassel scarf! I can’t stop thinking about all the t-shirts I’ve thrown away. Thanks for joining us for Scarf Week!

    1. I know what you mean about the t- shirts I still have bags of them for my garage sale hanging around, lol! Hoepfully I will be able to part some of them. Lol! Glad to be a part of Scarf week, thanks!

    2. Thank you Vanessa! Glad you liked them! I have two tons of clothes that I just can’t get rid of now, lol!
      Glad to join Scarf Week it’s been fun!

  9. Oh, these look cute! I especially love the contrast of thw white one with the bright colored tassels. It’s definitely on my to-make list now :)

    Love, Elena

    1. Thanks Elena! I love that one them most too! It was a really wide shirt so it came out nice and long. Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Hi Elana, I love the white one too! Glad to inspire you!

  10. Love it! My girls and I are definitely going to be adding a few tasseled scarves to our fall wardrobe. thanks so much for this great tutorial Kim. I’m just ‘scarf-ing’ up all the amazing ideas everyone is sharing this week!

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