Upcycled T-Shirt Necklace Tutorial

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.

Upcycled T-shirt Necklace


  • T-shirt
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue Gun

Upcycled T-shirt Necklace 2


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.

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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. 

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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.

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5. Cut a 3 inch x 2 inch piece from the leftover T-shirt scraps.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Upcycled T-shirt Necklace 9

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.

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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.

My singed fabric flower tutorial is what I used to make the flower on the black necklace. Check out the instructions, along with a free printable, here.

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.

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About Jackie

Jackie is a wife and mom of 5.  You can find her writing about family life and all things crafty at Blessings Overflowing.  If you are looking for activities to do with young children be sure to stop by her other blog, Pocketful of Posies. All images by Jackie.

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