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Lunch Hour Crafts: Upcycled T-Shirt Cowl/Scarf

October 17, 2011

What is a cowl? That word does not make me think of scarves and cute things. It makes the think of hair and animal smells and bad attitudes (probably some association with “cowlick” and “cows” and “scowl”) and nothing that I want on my body.

I’m told, however, that a cowl is like a scarf. So that is what I have for you today- a rockin’ cowl made of t-shirt strips. Looks better than it sounds, I promise.

To start, take a men’s XL t-shirt, fold in half, and cut off the bottom hem.

Next, cut the t-shirt into 1″ strips, starting at the bottom and going right to the armpits. If there is a design on the shirt, you might see it a bit. If this isn’t okay, pick another shirt. Save the rest of the shirt (shoulders and sleeves) for the next part of this craft and for upcycled t-shirt headbands!

Take your shirt strips and stretch them out as far as they’ll go. This gives them that curved ropey look. Gather them together and lay them flat.

To keep the strips together in a bundle, cut a 4″x5″ piece of t-shirt from the leftover area, and wrap it around the strips all bundled together, sew a straight line along the edge, and turn it inside out. See the pictures for a demo.

There you go! Wasn’t that easy? Put it around your neck and loop in once more over your head for the perfect fit. If you want a SUPER thick cowl (that word again…) use two t-shirts in complementing colours. Make the wrapping piece a little bigger too.

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