The worst thing is that you have also accumulated a whole bunch of cut off t-shirts and you only go to one eighties party a year. You just can't wear them in public without a mullet and that is taking upcycling too far.
You can't just throw all that fabric a way. You can make yarn and crochet a rug with it (another instructable for another day) or you can branch out and make a slightly different style of t-shirt necklace. A taggie necklace.
This tutorial was originally posted on my blog.
Step 1: Gathering Materials
Scissors or a rotary cutter and Mat.
Step 2: Choosing a T-shirt
Side seams are an issue with the basic t-shirt necklace because they create both bulk and a weak point in the yarn. They have to be wrapped or covered. Wrapping them all together makes your necklace much shorter because you have to double loop the strands. Wrapping them separately means you have a bulky wrap at two points on your necklace. Not unworkable, but definitely something to work around.
This project works well for shirts with side seams. The seams can be removed with no impact on the resulting necklace.
One final note about shirt selection. Heavily inked areas or iron-on transfers will affect the ability of the material to stretch and roll. Look for shirts that have small logos or very light printing.
Step 3: Traditional Necklace Loops
You can also cut out the block as in the picture, stretch it and wear it as an infinity scarf!
Step 4: Cutting Up the Rest of the Shirt (sleeves)
When you are cutting the sleeve you will cut off the hem. Save it. You will need it to keep your necklace organized at the end.
Step 5: Tidying Up the Edges
Step 6: Cutting Up the Rest of the Shirt (body)
Step 7: Cutting Around the Neck Band.
The neckband and seams will go in your little bits jar for sturdy stuffing.
Step 8: Trim Seams
Simply trim the seam off and add the scraps to the little bits bin.
Step 9: Stretching the Yarn (the FUN Part)
Watch them curl.
Make lots of lovely t-shirt yarn!
Step 10: Assemble the Necklace
Grab two pieces.
Tie the ends together.
Use a square knot. Pull the ends tight.
Grab another add it onto the end
Use up as much of your yarn as you like. The more strips you add the fuller the necklace.
Step 11: At the End
You now have one giant loop of knotted t-shirt yarn.
Gather it up like you are coiling up a garden hose or rope or a string of lights.
Vary the size of the loops.
Make sure the smallest loop will still fit over your head.
Make sure you won't trip over the largest loop.
There is NO science involved here.
Put it on and wear it!
Step 12: Storing Your Necklace
Remember that bit of hem from the sleeve? Now is the time to pull it out.
Wrap it around the coiled necklace. Insert one end of the hem strip into the loop on the other side. Give it a gentle tug to secure all the coils together. You are not making a knot. This is a loose holder to keep things together. Just slip the loop out when you are ready to wear again.
Oh and if your necklace does get tangled? No worries. Just cut it apart untangle it and tie a new knot. No one will ever know that you didn't intend to be that way.
Tutorial originally posted on my blog.
Look for a new Instructable to use up the last bits of t-shirt yarn making bracelets.