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Don't throw out those favorite old t-shirts! Transform them into a cute and stylish necklace with this easy, step-by-step tutorial.When I was little I wanted to help my Mom do everything. From taking care of my little brother and sisters, to helping cook dinner and set the kitchen table, to fold laundry. I followed my Mother around everywhere carefully studying her every move and mimicking each action.
My Mom, of course, picked up on this, and willingly let me help her. One chore that I starting helping with at a very young age, around 5 or 6, was folding laundry. With a big family like ours, laundry piled up quickly and often seemed never ending. Being young and eager to help, I was more than happy to help my Mom sort, wash and fold all our mounds of clothes.
Because of this, doing laundry is probably my favorite chore. I know what you are thinking, favorite chore?? But yes, out of all the household chores, laundry is probably the one I don't mind. I don't mind sitting and folding clothes while I watch my favorite TV show, and I certainly don't mind the way that my clothes feel straight out of the dryer, or that clean laundry smell. In fact, I love pulling out that favorite old t-shirt to put on and relax at the end of a long day while wrapping up in a soft, floral smelling blanket.
In addition to helping fold clothes and put them away, my Mom taught me to sew on lost buttons and mend holes in pants and socks. While I am all for sewing on a missing button to a favorite pair of paints, the socks were probably best just thrown away, but, I guess all that sewing taught me life skills and gave me humbling memories of my Mom! Since my Mom was so frugal, and we tried to “save” as many clothes we could, I have several of those “old” t-shirts that I can't seem to let go. They are just so soft and comfy! However, during our recent move, I decided I needed to get rid of some of the clutter and donated a lot of clothes. But some of those t-shirts I just couldn't part with and decided to get crafty with them and turn them into works of art.
T-shirt crafts are all the rage, specifically t-shirt scarfs and necklaces. So I decided to harness my inner crafting diva and finally put all those old t-shirts to good use. Since I don't wear a lot of jewelry, I love the look of a t-shirt necklace! They are simple yet can totally add a pop of color to a plain shirt or dress, making them the perfect accessory for spring and summer! Today I am sharing a simple version of the t-shirt necklace and hope to bring more t-shirt crafts to the blog soon.
by Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com
Project Time: 30 minutes Cost: Free-$5 Makes 1 necklace
Transform old t-shirts into cute and stylish necklaces with this simple how to!
1 old t-shirt (any color)
Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ (in desired fragrance)
Suavitel® Liquid Fabric Conditioner (in desired fragrance)
Fabric Glue, if needed
1. Gather supplies.
2. Wash and dry t-shirts (according to package directions) using laundry detergent, Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ and Suavitel® Liquid Fabric Conditioner.
3. Once t-shirt is washed and dried, lay t-shirt on a flat work surface. Cut off the bottom hem of the shirt and discard.
4. Once the hem has been cut off, cut the body of the shirt horizontally into strips approximately one inch wide.
5. Continue cutting the shirt into long strips/loops until you reach the sleeves, then stop. Discard top half of the shirt to use for another craft.
6. One at a time, pull and stretch out the t-shirt loops, stretching until the fabric starts to curl.
7. After pulling each loop individually, gather up all loops and stretch them out together.
8. Stack the stretched out loops on top of one another, so that all the T-shirt side seams are in the same spot. Pull out any of the loops that are significantly longer than the others and set aside. You will need to save at least two extra loops.
9. Using the fabric scissors, cut the two longer/extra loops open at the seam so that you have one long strip of t-shirt fabric. Cut off the seam at the end of the strip of t-shirt fabric.
10. Tightly tie the scrap piece of fabric around the stacked loops (cutting off any excess), near the exposed seams.
11. Tightly wrap the scrap piece of fabric around the knot, to hide the knot.
12. Continue wrapping the scrap piece of fabric around the gathered t-shirt fabric loops, being careful to cover all the exposed seams, and covering about two-inches of the necklace.
12. If the scrap piece of fabric is long enough, wrap the remaining scrap piece of fabric back over the two inches of wrapped necklace.
13. Tie off the end of the scrap fabric that was used to create the decorative edge.
14. Carefully tuck the end of the scrap under the decorative fabric piece.
15. If the scrap piece of fabric is too short to tie off and tuck under at the end, use fabric glue to adhere the end piece to the decorative piece.