How to Upcycle an Old T-Shirt Into a Cute Chunky Necklace

Everybody’s got that drawer full of old T-shirts that never see the light of day. But we found a fun and fashionable way to give them new life! Here’s how we turned a boring old T-shirt into a show-stopping statement necklace.

Chunky T-Shirt Necklace

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • T-shirt
  • Long ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Hot glue gun
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Instructions

    1. Starting from the bottom edge of the T-shirt, cut 1½” horizontal strips until you reach the sleeves.

    2. Gather all the strips together and slide your hands through the center of the loop. Tug on the strips a bit to make the edges curl in.

    3. Wrap a long piece of decorative ribbon (we chose metallic!) around all the strips, using a dab of hot glue to secure in place.

    4. Repeat, wrapping the ribbon directly opposite the first ribbon.

    Now go on and sport your new accessory!

    Good to Know: Got more T-shirts in need of an upcycle? Check out how to turn them into T-shirt yarn you can knit or crochet, or make ’em into an eco-friendly quilt.

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    One Response to “How to Upcycle an Old T-Shirt Into a Cute Chunky Necklace”

    1. Carolyn Connally

      I have made necklaces the same way, running rings (1/2") through some of the t-shirt strands. I don't remember exactlh how to do this. I'd have yo play with it some. But the results were staggering.