Have you ever wondered what to do with those t shirts that the children have grown out of? A t shirt quilt is one option, but here’s a great use for the sleeves that may be left over. I made this tee shirt scarf with sleeves from five tee shirts, but obviously it depends on the size of the sleeves. It took me less than an hour from start to finish.
Cut the tee shirt sleeves
Take a tee shirt – any tee shirt. Check with the owner that you can have it! Cut the sleeves off. It doesn’t matter if they are straight or on the slant.
Lay the sleeves out in approximately the order that you want to sew them. I usually use sleeves from the same t shirt at each end and then use the same sleeves for the next one on each side so that the tee shirt scard ends up roughly symmetrical, but that’s not a necessity. It helps to use the end sleeve with the cuff or hem at the end (on the left in the photo) but after that it doesn’t matter which way round you put the sleeves. Turn the second sleeve inside out and slide it over the first sleeve until the ends are in line with each other.
Sew the tee shirt sleeves together
If it’s a long sleeve it’s easiest to put your right hand through the sleeve and grab the end of the other sleeve and then pull to get the ends of the seams in line with each other. Set your machine to the largest zigzag and longest stitch length and sew the two sleeves together. The zigzag allows for the stretch of the tee shirt fabric. If you have sleeves that were cut on the slant then just turn one upside down against the other so that the slants match. Where the sleeves are different sizes – as they are bound to be – just use the stretch in the smaller sleeve and tug a little or put a series of small folds or pleats in the larger sleeve.
In no time at all you have made a t shirt scard to keep you or your children warm and cosy.