T-Shirt Necklace Craft

Posted by Autumn

How many old T-shirts do you have in your closet? How about your dresser drawer--the one you never open for fear of a printed-cotton tee explosion? Yeah, we thought so. T-shirts are kind of like those fuzzy Tribbles from the original Star Trek. You get one at a marathon or a concert and it seems harmless, but the next thing you know you've got dozens of them filling up random drawers, spare closets, and boxes marked TO DONATE.

So, what to do with all your past-prime T-shirts? If you're super-crafty you can make a T-shirt quilt out of them, but if you're looking for a quick way to turn those tees into something fabulous, try this craft on. It's one size fits all.

Recycled T-Shirt Necklace
from marthastewart.com, inspired by a project  on the blog Cucumbersome.com.

What You Need:
Soft cotton T-shirt
Scissors or rotary cutter 

1. Lay the shirt on a flat surface; cut off the hem and discard. Then cut the body of the shirt horizontally into strips approximately 3/4 of an inch long. (They will actually be loops.)

2. One at a time, pull the loops open and stretch until the fabric starts to curl. Stack the loops on top of one another so that all the T-shirt side seams are in the same spot.

3. Once you have the thickness you desire, wrap the seams with a scrap piece of fabric (about 6 inches long) from the same shirt. Tuck the end of the scrap under itself.


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  • Sallye S. 12 years 116 days ago
    Very coolllllllllll !
  • ZACKIE MILLER 12 years 116 days ago