make something monday :: ombré infinity scarf


The ombré trend has stolen my heart this year as it has with so many of you I am sure. I can't resist the subtleness of it, so bohemian and soft. I bought some Rit dye earlier in the summer and had fun experimenting with a few projects and came away with this easy infinity scarf using only dye and an XL white t-shirt. It's really the perfect early fall piece to add into your wardrobe as the weather starts to change and this thing is a snap to make. Here is what I did:


Supplies:

Rit dye - I used liquid
rubber gloves
XL white t-shirt
bowl for dying
scissors


 I followed the directions on the dye bottle and used a bowl in the kitchen sink. It worked perfectly and made it easy to control. I do recommend gloves though so that your hands aren't blue for days.

I then just dipped one half of the shirt into the dye going crosswise not up and down and let it sit for about ten minutes then nudged a little more of the shirt into the dye bath giving it a few minutes again. I then lowered the rest of the shirt into the dye bath for just a quick dip, removed it all from the bowl and then rinsed the shirt out until the water ran clear.


I set the shirt out to dry in the sun and then went ahead and ran it through the wash to get any excess dye out.


Now all that was left to do was to cut off the bottom hem of the shirt and then the top. Make your cut pretty wide and stretch the long tube of fabric out until there is no tomorrow.


See that, easy as pie really.


And if you come back tomorrow I will show you how to make a matching t shirt flower to embellish it, promise!

Hope you have a great day today, happy Monday friends!

linking up here!

52 comments:

  1. This is great! I love the color you chose!

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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I'm going TODAY to get the materials - I can never have enough scarves!

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  3. I love the new site BTW. So pretty and fun!

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  4. love the infinity AND the new site ... classy and beautiful!

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  5. This is FANTASTIC. I will be doing this before grad school starts next week. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. And, oh my! I love the new design - completely adorable wallpaper!

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  7. love this! and I love the new blog look :)

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  8. you re-designed again! It's too cute, I love it! and the scarf! I can't wait to make one :o)

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  9. Super cute. love those shades of blue!

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  10. What a great idea. Love it! :-)

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  11. This is so cute, the colors are great, and I love the flower embellishment. You are so fancy.

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  12. Oh I LOVE this tutorial so much, it's taking all that I have not to drag the kids into the car to go to the store and get this stuff, but soon...verrrry soon! ;0)

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  13. Absolutely LOVE this! And loving the blog makeover too!!

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  14. The re-design is fantastic and you know how much I love the scarf!! :)

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  15. LOOOOOVE it! So cute and sassy. :)

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  16. Where did you get the grey shirt you are wearing? So cute!

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  17. thanks for all the sweetness about this project it really was so fun to do!

    @Angie - this is my bestie, Claire modeling for me but I will ask her where she picked up the cute grey shirt...it even has pockets I think I might steal it :)!

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  18. Love this! I just made a t-shirt scarf with the smaller loops but I'm going to have to try this one too - even easier! :)

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  19. I love love love this! I am definitely going to have to make one for myself! And I seriously love your new blog design!

    Missing you A LOT, dear friend!
    xo

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  20. @Angie the grey shirt is a tunic from Forever21. I bought it this spring and it is the most comfortable shirt I've ever owned. :)

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  21. Rebekah:

    Just wanted to let you know I linked to you today in my Friday 5:

    http://worksofanselm.blogspot.com/2011/08/friday-5.html

    Thanks again for this awesome post! I'm planning on making this in the next couple days to mail to a missionary friend in England!

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  22. This is amazing....and I love your blog revamp, but it was awesome before too! I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2011/08/sweet-saturday-v2.html

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  23. I LOVE this!! This may be a silly question but are the two layers two different shirts/circles or is it wrapped to make a double loop? Thank you for the post and the extra help for a challenged craftie!

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  24. @Lindsey - it's all one piece from the same shirt you just have to really stretch the scarf a ton to make it long enough to wrap it around twice. Hope that helps let me know if you need anything else :)!

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    1. What size t-shirt did you start with? I'm thinking of making these for my kiddo's Holiday Store fundraiser!

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  25. New Fan. Love this idea. Question. I wonder if it would work backwards. I have a aqua tshirt and I'm wondering if I can pull the color of part with bleech?

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  26. Have been looking for a t-shirt scarf idea, Thank you.

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  27. Did this too. It was much fun. Thanks for this and the Flower. I cant wait to put the together! :)

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  28. Love your new scarf!
    thank you for showing us how to do it.

    looking forward to the matching flower.

    blessings
    barb

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  29. Just found you through Pinterest. Love this idea!! Blogging about it here:

    http://peanutbutterandjellylife4.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinteresting-party.html

    Such a cute Idea!

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  30. My mom and I made these scarves and flowers last night. We used black dye, but the scarves turned out a little purple/gray. That's OK. They will be wearable with a lot of colors.

    We cut our t-shirts before dying the scarf parts. We used the sleeves for the flowers and the hem of the arm made a great tie for the flower. We turned the hem inside out to make a tube and ironed it flat. We sewed our flower parts to the felt to make them a bit sturdier. We had enough supplies to make 3 scarves and have t-shirt leftovers. I prefer a smaller scarf, so I cut a piece 4-inches wide and it's perfect for petite me! It's a little more like a necklace.

    We had a great time making these! Thanks so much for posting your tutorials!

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  31. Can't wait to try this!! Heading to Wal-Mart for and XL tshirt and dye if they have it! I was thinking of cutting the top off the shirt first to so as to have fabric for the flower- I'm glad to hear that worked well for Sarah above!

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  32. That's sooo pretty! Im such a sucker for ombre. I would love to link to your tutorial if you didn't mind!

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  33. Hi there! Jess here, from FaveCraftsBlog and AllFreeKidsCrafts.

    I LOVE this tutorial! Ombre is one of my favorite looks for summer. I wanted to let you know that I featured your project in FaveCraftsBlog's Link Love post on Thursday. You can find the post here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-diy-ombre-crafts/

    Have a happy day! :)

    Jess Farris

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  34. I've been in a dying mood lately and am thrilled to have found this tutorial and the rest of your blog!! The ladies at Goodwill have seen me carrying out mounds of white t-shirts for the last several weeks. I haven't tried the ombre yet because I'm so tickled with the "scrunch" method that I learned on the Dharma Trading website. I highly recommend it if you're looking for something fun to try.
    Have a great one!!!
    Jen

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  35. My friend and I just tried making these the other day. It was so much fun and easy to do! They turned out really great and are perfect gifts. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  36. Love this! Totally making it! Thanks for posting such a great and easy DIY!

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  37. Great and simple way to use old t's!

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  38. Wow, it's cool. I like the color you chose. It's a great idea for used stuff. Thanks for sharing your idea with us. I want share this post too. Can I translate to another language? If you agree, I will cite the source. Thanks :)

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  39. I just want to say thanks for the post, because of you I am able to make Christmas gifts for many friends without spending more than it cost to buy the dye. Great idea!! Thank you!!

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  40. Can you tell me how wide is "pretty wide?" Is it about 6" or closer to 10-12"? Thank you! I'm making this backwards, since I began with the flower.

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    1. My opinion is go as wide as you can - 10" sounds good!

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