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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