Jewelry Project: T-Shirt Necklace

In Fashion, Trends on April 14, 2010 at 7:25 am
Just about every morning, I start my day with coffee, fruit, a croissant and The Martha Stewart television show.  Monday’s episode had Queen Latifah create a t-shirt necklace with Martha and I absolutely love the idea!

I know what you’re thinking… a t-shirt necklace?! However, jewelry is certainly not limited to just gold and silver. Any material that is worthy to be a part of your fabulous outfit can be used – leather, beads, metal, chains, buttons, fabric and recycled items like an old t-shirt!

Elle magazine
even shows this recycled inspired chic necklace made by Esprit and how it’s perfect for this summer!  I suggest choosing a color that will complement your unique features like your eyes, skin tone and hair. For instance, my t-shirt necklace is mustard yellow to enhance my green eyes and brown hair.

It’s really easy to turn an old shirt into a piece of wearable art around your neck! Just follow the steps below (courtesy of

Tools and Materials

  • Soft cotton T-shirt
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or rotary cutter

T-Shirt Necklace How-To:

1. Lay the shirt on a flat surface; cut off the hem and discard. Then cut the body of the shirt horizontally into strips approximately 3/4 of an inch long. (They will actually be loops.)

2. One at a time, pull the loops open and stretch until the fabric starts to curl. Stack the loops on top of one another so that all the T-shirt side seams are in the same spot.

3. Once you have the thickness you desire, wrap the seams with a scrap piece of fabric (about 6 inches long) from the same shirt. Tuck the end of the scrap under itself.

Brag about your awesome t-shirt necklace below or any questions about making it – leave comments!

  1. I normally turn my old shirts in to wash clothes. Deanna I’ll give you the next shirt I’m about convert into a rag and maybe you can make me something. 🙂 Great post.

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