DIY Patriotic Table Scarf from Vintage T-Shirt

Last year, when I was exploring my favorite thrift store, I found a vintage 4th of July t-shirt. It had a cute print and was sized 3X. No, I’ve never worn 3X, but I knew it would give me lots of material to make something.  I look for vintage material to upcycle for pillows, table scarves, and art.






I wanted a new patriotic table scarf for the 4th of July.  The back of the shirt had lots of material. I measured from the sleeves down to bottom and it was almost 16″.  I wanted at least 12″ for the width of the scarf and after hemming, I knew this would work.  The width across the back of the shirt was over 28″ which gives me a nice length for the scarf. I cut down both sides of the tee from the sleeves to the bottom and across the back from sleeve to sleeve.





I pinned the hems. I held the pinned sides next to the edge of the table to make sure they were straight. Remember the shirt flared on the sides and the bottom of the back dipped for better coverage.







I hemmed all 4 sides with a needle and thread.  I held up a piece of white rickrack and loved the way the white popped.  I pinned and sewed the rickrack running down both long sides.  I’m so happy with how it turned out.  The t-shirt cost less than $2 and I already had needle, thread, and rickrack.







Now I have a new table scarf perfect for a patriotic 4th of July.  Time to layer it with other summer decor.  I put a small white cotton doily in the middle of the scarf.









I put my patriotic country ring from bandanas and cord that I made several weeks ago around the doily.








I added my blue vase filled with red, white, and blue flowers and decorated with a red scarf.







New patriotic, summer decor for less than $2.00.  I have an idea for upcycling the rest of the t-shirt. Hopefully, I’ll finish and share it next week.














Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Summer!












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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

15 thoughts to “DIY Patriotic Table Scarf from Vintage T-Shirt”

  1. What a great way to reuse fabric from the charity shop. I often use it for making pjs or other projects for around the house. The scarf tied around the vase is a very clever idea and very effective. Great job Carol! #weekendbloghop

  2. Lovely patterns! Seems to be missing 4th of July for the second year in a row. Summer just doesn’t seem like summer without the 4th!

  3. What a neat idea … my husband will be so happy (LOL) if I plan to hold onto vintage t-shirts …. or buy them at the thrift store. I will show him your blog!

  4. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

  5. Carol,
    Marilyn and I always seem to pick some of the same post to feature. I too have featured you on my blog at Over The Moon Party. You are a hit this week.

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