My line of work entails many community “events”. Each of these events often includes some sort of branded t-shirt. I only need so many t-shirts, so I am always looking for ways to up-cycle them. That’s why, when I saw this pin on Pinterest, I knew I had to give it a shot. But, there were no instructions. So, I’ve spent some time experimenting, and I’ve been very pleased with the results. I thought I would share!
What You need:
- Old t-shirts, in as many colors as you desire.
- Old belt buckle, brooch pin, necklace pendant or any other sort of bobble you might want to add.
How To Make It:
- Assemble your materials. For this tutorial I’ve gathered 3 different colored t-shirts, and one belt I picked up at a thrift store.
- Cut the hemline off of the first shirt. Discard.
- Cut a 1/2 inch strip from the same shirt. Repeat with the other two shirts.
- Your loops will look like this. Cut more if you would like a bulkier necklace. My cats seem to really enjoy this part.
- Take the first loop, and stretch it out so that the knit fabric curls and becomes thinner-looking. Repeat with the other strips.
- Your loops will now look like this. Again, much to the delight of my cats.
- Now, cut all of the loops into strings the same length. Don’t try and estimate the necklace length yet- we’ll do that after the braiding.
- Now, collect whatever charm you will use on your necklace. I removed that adorable heart belt buckle for use in my design.
- Time to assemble. If using a belt buckle like mine, go ahead and tie a knot to collect all the strands in one place. Then, slip one strand through the buckle loop as an anchor. (If you’re using a charm like a bead or a pin, just start with a tied knot to anchor your necklace.)
- begin by braiding about a 4inch section of the necklace. Then, allow another 4-6 inches without braiding. When you begin your second 4inch braided section, make sure the braid begins in a different configuration than the last one ended. That is, if you last braid strings came out (left to right) *pink, darkpink, red* you would start your new braid with the strings in a different order such as: *red, pink, darkpink*. This keeps the braids separate, instead of just becoming one big one.
- Repeat step 10 until you’ve reached your desired length. (If you’re using a bead-like charm, add them wherever you’d like!)
- Finally, secure the end of the necklace to the beginning. In my case, I tied another knot around the belt buckle.