Tuesday, November 23, 2010

recycled t-shirt necklace

hey folks! my family has a rule this year for giving gifts at christmas--the gifts either have to be bought second-hand (resale shop, vintage store, thrift shop, garage sale, consignment shop, etc) or they have to be handmade. so fun, huh? the gifts to my fam from me are going to be a mix of both. i'm sharing with you today because i've completed my first handmade christmas gift! actually, i did last week, but i was too busy to complete a blog post about it. so here it is!

recycled t-shirt necklace
 
supplies:
two different colored, large or extra-large old t-shirts
scissors
(that's it!!)

directions:
1. cut hem off the bottom and discard. begin cutting the body of the shirt horizontally into strips approx 1/2 to 1 inch thick (no need to measure, being exact does not matter). cut all the way up until you reach the sleeves of the shirt (the strips will actually be loops). repeat with other shirt.
2. once cut, tug at the ends of each strip until the edges curl under. then cut through one end of the fabric so you have long strips instead of loops.
3. set aside a couple strips (we will be using them later) and start gathering strips in groups of three to braid. make sure to have both teal-teal-gray and gray-gray-teal (or whatever color you choose) to give your necklace dimension.
4. find something heavy to anchor one end of the strips while you are braiding, leaving a small amount of fabric at the top unbraided (this will be used to tie the two ends together). begin braiding (if you don't know how to braid, sorry, i'm not going to teach you here. there are probably you-tube videos for it).
5. when braid is complete, remove it from anchor and tie the two ends together. repeat steps 4 and 5 with every braid. (tip: each braid you make for the necklace should be varied in length)
6. when finished with all of the braids (i made 8 braids, all different lengths), trim off the excess fabric around the knots. gather all your braids together at the knots, and arrange how you like. spread the knots out a bit so it won't be too thick to cover up.
7. with a scrap, tie braids together so they don't move around while you are wrapping.
8. with the strips you set aside earlier, begin to wrap around the knots until they are completely covered up.
9. when finished wrapping, secure with a knot, cut off excess fabric, and tuck knot under.
YOU'RE DONE!

here's what it looks like (yep, that's me modeling my own product):

hope you like! now get to makin all your christmas gifts!

28 comments:

  1. I think you need an etsy page! you are so crafty!

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  2. lovely, great idea and thanks for sharing!

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  3. LOVE this and will be making one for my sister for Christmas!

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  4. I love this, I just got done making a braided belt from old t-shrits I am totally gonna try this.

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  5. This is competely adorable!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

    P.S...your a cutie pie!

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  6. Very cute. Very trendy. I must make it. :)

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  7. I have some T's that have stains....great way to repurpose. Very cute.

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  8. Just adorable! Love the length and the colors you used.

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  9. Love this idea, I have so many useless and stained t-shirts.

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  10. Cute, cute!! Thanks for the great idea!

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  11. I just featured this on TALENT TUESDAY!

    -Nichelle

    http://vintagewannabee.blogspot.com/

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  12. This is AWESOME! I also love love love the idea that your family is only exchanging homemade, thrifted or repurposed gifts. I am doing the same with family and friends. Making things for friends; family will get made or a terrific Goodwill Score. I wear tons of GW and people at work are amazed. ;-)

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  13. Super cute! I make jewelry all the time. This will be a fun twist to my jewelry.

    I'm a big fan of your blog. I love it!

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  14. So adorable! My son just cleaned out a pile of t-shirts--now I have something fun to do with them besides throw them in the rag bag! Thanks!

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  15. Bailey - I love this idea! Super cool and unique! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  16. I so did this! I love how it turned out .. . I can't wait to make another one!! I got so many compliments on it as well! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  17. Came via Adventures in Babywearing & I love this. I have lots of old t-shirts and this will be a fun project for me to do with my girls.

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  18. I also came here via Adv. in Babyw. - I love craft gift ideas, but haven't done any in years. Your's are great and I will be getting back into it again. here are a few from one of my old blog posts. I don't do them justice like your creative displays though. If you want to try them and put them up on your blog you're welcome to.
    http://aswesail.blogspot.com/2007/12/frugal-christmas-pt3-crafty-gifts.html

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  19. I just feel in love with you and your blog!!! So cute!!! I just got done making one of these and ad a great time doing so!

    I had a question though!! Oh no!! lol..I ended up with quite a few nubbies, in mine from the one seam that is left in the tshirt after cutting, so not each braid was nice and smooth...did you get that too? I like it either way, it looks handmade, however, the next one I would want it looking as nice as yours!

    Thanks for any advice from anyone here!

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  20. I love this, I just got done making a braided belt from old t-shrits I am totally gonna try this.

    Funny Teeshirts

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  21. What a great idea! Using this format I made some headbands. They look great! Thanks for the ideas!

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  22. this is fantastic!!! Just blogged about it! come check me out!

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  23. 1. Love up-cycled tshirts!
    2. Love the braided look!
    3. Love your jacket!! So Cute!

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  24. Your new tshirt yarn brought me to your site and I'm so glad they I kept searching. I love this idea. New follower. It would be great if you would come follow me back. :-)

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  25. Just popped over from SITS and I cannot wait to try out this project! I absolutely love the look of your blog, and looking forward to perusing around it more.

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