Monday, August 8, 2011

Upcycle: Tshirt into funky necklace

I am going to be fully accessorized by the time Fall rolls around!  I've been madly purging my closet -- ten year old suits? Yeah, don't think I'm going to be needing those! -- and finally made the decision to discard some old jersey gaucho-type pants that the Hubs hates. Did I say HATES!? {But they're soooooo comfy...and I work from home...and no one sees them...and and and...}

Of course, about 2.5 seconds after I put them in the Goodwill bag I was taking them back out thinking "I know I can make something with all this material!" I was inspired by an old post on the Method blog about the scarves they made from old tshirts and decided to try some necklace type accessories.

You don't need ugly gauchos to make these. Any old tshirt will do! I started by chopping off a big piece to work with. If you're using a tshirt, chop off the bottom hem first. Leave the seams attached so you have a big tube. I used my ruler and rotary cutter to cut strips from 1/4" to 1/2" wide, stopping just short of the seams on the top and bottom so that the whole things would stay attached together. You don't have to leave it attached though.

Once the strips were all cut, I gathered them together, then wrapped extra strips around the seams to hide them. Just tuck those little tails under.

The blue version I made was the first, so I just played with it a bit. It was long, so I wrapped it around my neck twice, then added a shorter version for volume. It turned out more scarf-ish like this.

The second one I made, in olive green, used a much wider piece of the leg. If you're using a tshirt, you'll want to judge how big of a piece to use by how thick your tshirt is. My ugly pants were made of  a very thin jersey.

After putting it together, I clipped one strand from each side and slid some beads on, adding knots between each one, then tied them together somewhere in the middle.

I really like the way it turned out with the beads.

There are so many possibilities with these and no right or wrong way to do it. I think my next one will be braided! I already have my eye on a sage green tshirt the Hubs brought home from a conference last week. Think he'll miss it?


Tanya Anurag said...

This is a great idea. I think it's time for me to pull out some of my old t-shirts. Pinning it. Thanks for sharing.

I am hosting my first link-up party - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. Would be glad to see some of your awesome posts there. See ya at the party.

Kellie said...

Thanks Tanya! I'll be sure to stop by.

Eco Yogini said...

oh i LOVE this idea! And it's sewing challenged friendly! YAY!

Just Jaime said...

Awesome! Love the beads in there

Lisa said...

Aww...that is super cute! :) I love the one with the beads too!~
~Lisa @

Audra @ The Kurtz Corner said...

This looks awesome, you did a great job! Very creative!I'd love for you to link up to my Tuesday Tutorials Link Party!

Kellie said...

Thanks Audra, I just linked up!

Adriane said...

I love this idea!! I'm going to go raid my closet right now for a shirt to cut into pieces=) Thanks for the inspiration!!

Robbie said...

Cute idea! Will have to try it -- after I finish making sandwich wraps this week!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Really really cute! I must try this ..

Patricia said...

This is such a great idea and I have just the shirt. I really love your blog and all your cool ideas. A newbie to upcycling, I am finding it completely addictive. I can't even look at an object anymore without thinking, "what could I make with that" Keep up the great work.

Michelle said...

What a great spin on this! I am visiting from Someday Crafts and I am a new follower!! Hope you have a great week and I see you around soon!

Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker said...

This is so creative and very cute!

I would love for you to come share at Blog Stalking Thursday! The Link Party goes all week!

Kellie said...

Thanks so much Katie; I'll swing by!

Brandi said...

How clever is this! LOVE IT! Well done. happy Friday!

Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker said...

Thanks for sharing at Blog Stalking Thursday! I just featured you on my facebook page! Are you a fan?

Audra @ The Kurtz Corner said...

You've been featured! Stop by, grab a featured button from the right side bar if you'd like and link up any of your new projects! :)

Miss Kitty said...

Hi! I saw you had been featured at Audra's blog party...this is my first week there so I missed when you originally shared last week. I think you were genius NOT to cut all the way to the end. I make one of these last year and cut out the individual loops.The loops kept coming apart at the seams because of the thread being cut, not much material holding the loop together, etc. I had to go back and re-inforce each loop...not fun. I love the beads you have added.

Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker said...

Thank you for sharing at The Crafty Blog Stalker. I Have featured you this week! Come check it out and grab a featured button from the buttons tab!

Lizzie H. said...


Paige @ The Crunchy Mamacita said...

love this!

Julia said...

What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of upcycled t-shirt crafts! Check it out here:

Have a great day!

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