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In this Instructable, I am going to show you how to create a cute braided belt out of an old t-shirt.
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Step 1: Materials

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1. T-shirt

2. Scissors

3. Colored Pencil

4. Ruler

The more colorful the t-shirt is, the more colorful the belt will be. Also, designs on the shirt make interesting details around the belt after it has been braided together. If the t-shirt you are using is white, and you would like it another color, look into using fabric dye or tie dye.

Step 2: Time to begin

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Start by turning the shirt inside out, and make the shirt as even as possible.  Next, take your ruler and line it up just next to the end of the sleeve. Using your colored pencil, make a line down the shirt.

Now, place the ruler right next to the end of the collar line. Make the ruler as straight as possible and again make a line down the shirt.

These two lines you made will be reference lines for the braid pieces. They will also remove the excess sleeve material and the collar material.

Repeat these lines on the other side of the shirt. When you finish this step, you should have four reference lines down your shirt!

Step 3: More lines and some cuts...

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Time to make two more lines and then you will be ready to make some cuts.

Now measure the distance between the two reference lines on one side of the shirt. My distance was approximately 4inches. The distances should be relatively similar on both sides of the shirt.

Now depending on how wide that distance is, cut that distance into two or three equal parts. Since my distance was 4inches, I cut each side in half leaving me with four 2inch strips.

Now, mark your lines (in my case my center lines) and using the ruler make a straight line down the shirt.

Once you have all of your lines marked on the shirt, you can begin to cut the shirt. When cutting, make sure to cut both sides of the shirt at the same time. Try and follow your lines as best as possible.
Thank you. It is so simple to make too! I was thinking of looking into different braiding techniques if I make more.
nice little re-use! I'd suggest looking at the types of knotting used for making hemp bracelets, that would even allow you to incorporate beads and the like. Just a thought