by contributing writer Jackie.
Do you have any T-shirts lying around that are past their prime or that you no longer love wearing? Give them new life with this upcycled T-shirt necklace tutorial.
- Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Hot Glue Gun
1. Lay the T-shirt out flat on the mat making sure both layers are even.
2. Cut off the hem of the T-shirt.
3. Using a ruler cut the T-shirt into 1 inch strips.
Note: I like to use between 9 and 12 strips for my necklaces. Your necklace can be as long or as full as you like based on the size of T-shirt you are using.
4. Stretch each strip as much as you can. Think of it like stretching out a rubber band.
If you have stretched the T-shirt enough, the edges will curl inward like in the picture below.
5. Cut a 3 inch x 2 inch piece from the leftover T-shirt scraps.
6. Gather all of the T-shirt strips together so that they are laying on top of each other.
7. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the 3 inch x 2 inch piece of T-shirt fabric around all of the T-shirt loops.
You are now ready to wear your new necklace.
The T-shirt necklace pictured below was made from an X-Large adult T-shirt. I used 10 strips and doubled the necklace around my neck.
For this next necklace I used a youth (6-8) T-shirt and was able to get 9 strips out of it. It is obviously much shorter than the grey necklace pictured above.
For the T-shirt necklace pictured at the beginning of this post I used a maternity T-shirt that had seams on each side. To cover the seams I only used 6 strips and doubled them up before hot gluing the T-shirt strip over them.
To add to these necklaces I recommend attaching a flower or broach to the piece of T-shirt that was hot glued to the necklace to hold it together.
Because finding inexpensive T-shirts at yard sales, thrift stores, or even your own closet is so easy, you could make a T-shirt necklace in every color of the rainbow.