There are really two methods you can take to doing this. The first is quite simple and requires no sewing:
- Buy a very large (XXL or bigger) shirt and lay it flat on a surface removing any wrinkles.
- Using a pair of scissors or a rotary fabric cutter (recommended) cut horizontally around the waist a strip of fabric the width you would like the scarf to be.
- Also cut off the hem at the bottom to make it look clean and uniform. That's all there is to it.
The method I chose to take was a little more complicated, but allowed for more choices in fabric types and sizes.
- Go to a local fabric store and buy any fabric of your choosing. I recommend 2 yards which will allow you to do a double loop of a good size. You can change the length for whatever style you are trying to achieve.
- Fold the fabric up a couple times so that when cutting the sides of the scarf you don't have to cut two yards of length, just a quarter of that. It gives you a much straighter cut and makes it a bit easier. Once again, I recommend the rotary cutter for this and a straight edge. The width you choose is important. Start bigger because you can always reduce the size. If you have thin t-shirt-like material like I did, you will need a wider scarf than you probably realize to make it feel full. I used approximately a yard for my width (seen in photo at the end of the post).
- Go to a sewing machine, overlap the ends and sew together. Since I had very stretchy and thin fabric, I used a zig-zag stitch to accommodate for stretching. You can get creative with stitch colors if you want to mix it up. I liked the rough look of the overlapping pieces stitched together, but if you want a neater seam and are lucky enough to have a serger, you can get a more professional look.
This is a really short and simple project that produces a great finished product and for a lot cheaper than you will find in a store.