Makin’ it: t-shirt necklace

Did I tell you guys about my DIY New Year’s Resolution? I can’t remember if I put it down in writing here. It was to make use of my extensive craft library. I have at least 25 books on my shelf packed with sewing projects, creative ideas, and even specific patterns to copy. I pledged to myself that this year, I would stop buying books in this genre, and start using them. As of April 23rd, I have made hardly any progress.

I did successfully sew an easy skirt for Scarlett, according to the directions Cori shared with us. And, inspired by countless posts I’ve seen on other blogs, I have been wanting to make a necklace or scarf out of a tshirt for over a year.

One night, with a renewed enthusiasm for my craft book collection, I paged through P.S.– I Made This, a fashionista craft book with the subtitle “I see it. I like it. I make it.

Then, instead of putting down the book and cutting up my t-shirt, I putzed around online and found this video where the author, Erica Domesek demonstrates how to a fringed scarf from a tshirt.

Although she and her project are adorable, when I started cutting, I ended up going in a different direction. I cut strips of tshirt, pulled on them to let the edges curl and then tied them together a bit randomly into a very long loop. I twisted the loop to make a necklace and then used more bits of tshirt to tie the layers together.

I think I like the results, but honestly, every time I wear it, I worry that it looks like I’m wearing a rag around my neck! Maybe I need to stick with the scarf project.

If you search Pinterest for “tshirt necklace”, you will find 8 zillion beautiful examples like the one below. I think this project is worth experimenting with because a) a necklace fits everyone and makes your outfit look better b) it’s free and c) if you end up with a rag, you can just wipe up a spill.

Want a different DIY project for moms? We have a bunch on our Makin’ It series page.

The following two tabs change content below. co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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