The recent break in the rainy weather motivated Evan and I the other day to do some spring cleaning. I’ve got quite a few DIY projects that I want to try out so a couple men’s dress shirts, sheer dress fabric and an old t-shirt made it into my “blog drawer” and the rest went to the local V.V. Boutique (or Value Village).
I’ve seen tons of cute and casual recycled t-shirt projects for bracelets and necklaces and I wanted to try my own. The tutorial I used for making the bracelets can be found here on the V and Co. blog.
2. Cut 1 inch strips from the t-shirt. Depending on the length of the shirt you’ll get about 10-12 strips. I got 12 from mine, so 6 for each necklace.
3. Pull the t-shirt strips tight to make them curl. If they are really long you can cut them in half to create more strands on your necklace. I cut mine in half and got 12 strands per necklace. Depending on your tastes though you can use more/less.
4. String the beads onto the strips. Sew them together to create a loop shape, then cover the seam with fabric. Sew it any way you like as long as it’s secure, I did 3 big “X”s on mine.
I love how they turned out, they look great as a casual statement necklace. They are very soft and comfortable to wear too. The bracelets remind me of being at the beach in the summer time so I can’t wait to wear them next time we go surfing in Tofino. Try it out the next time you go to throw out a ratty t-shirt.