I cleaned out my closets this weekend, and before I could get rid of the extra bag of clothes I planned to take to Goodwill, I saw this fun necklace while watching Martha. Needless to say, I dove right back into the bags to pull out some of the t-shirts from the donation bags for this week's project. I tried to get rid of some stuff, but it's Martha, people! It was meant to be!
Want to make this fun necklace? (I like to think of it as Spring's answer to the scarf.) Get to work cleaning your closets and save some old t-shirts and you will have "shopped" for all the supplies you will need.
Fun T-Shirt Necklace
100% Cotton T-Shirts
** I chose coordinating colors, I thought the faded blues and browns made it feel beachy. Martha kept it monochromatic**
Remove the hem from the bottom of your t-shirts, then cut 1 inch wide strips from the bottom of the shirts.
I worked with 15 strips for this project, you can adjust this according to how thick you'd like the necklace to be. (The strips are actually rings since you are cutting the bottom through both layers.) You will eventually double these rings, so 15 strips turns into 30.
Once you have cut all your strips, S-T-R-R-R-E-E-E-T-C-H each one. This will cause them to roll on the sides and elongate them to twice the length.
After stretching, lay them one on top of the other. Try to stack with the seams together.
Holding your rings with the seams in each hand, twist (in a figure 8 kind of shape) to double the rings. Now the seams from both ends will all be together and the necklace will be half as long and twice as thick.
Using an extra strip of t-shirt, wrap the section where the seams have come together, as shown here, to bind the whole stack. Like this:
Pull it over your head...
See how cute? How inexpensive? How customizable? The sky is the limit on the color combinations and thickness!
Want a matching bracelet? Cut up the sleeves, using the same method:
Now, shoo! Go cut up some t-shirts!
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