DIY: Recycled Tshirt Necklace

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Tools You’ll Need:
– Old Tshirt
– Rotary Cutter
– Needle Nose Pliers
– Synthetic Leather Cord
– Large Cord Fasteners
– Small Cord Fasteners
– Clasp and Chain
– Straight edge
– Needle and thread

Take any old bold color tshirt (soft and slightly stretchy are best), you can stock up on them at thrift stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army for like $1.

1. Cuttin’ Up – Cut the tshirt into 3/4 inch strips up to the underarms (you should get about 20 strips).  Note: be sure to use a mat or cardboard to protect your surface from the blade of the rotary cutter.

2. Stretch it Out – Grab each strip at the seams on either side, and pull.  Try to stretch each strip about the same width, so as not to have any really long ones that stick out from the bunch. Line the seams as you stack them up and it’ll make your job easier later.

3. Stack ’em Up – For added security, feed a needle through the stacked seams to give the necklace an overall polished look.  Wrap the string around the bundle several times, intermittently reinserting the needle through the stack.

4. Cut the Cord – Cut the synthetic leather cord to the desired length you want your necklace to hang, and fold it in half around the end of the necklace.

5. Positive Reinforcement – Pull the end of the necklace and synthetic cord through the larger cord fastener. Feel free to add glue or insert the screw for extra reinforcement.

6. Fasten and Clasp – Lastly add the smaller cord fasteners to each end, along with the chain and clasp. Now…rock your statement necklace with style!


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  3. Shavonne

    September 12, 2015 at

    This is awesome!…where do you get the cord fasteners from??

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  5. Carla

    August 13, 2012 at

    That lime/neon green necklace was a bold and beautiful creation and it was even a really pretty t-shirt…we know you love t-shirts:-)

  6. Geraldine Gordon

    August 7, 2012 at

    Love the necklace! Great color on you!

  7. Wow Brandhyze this is simply amazing! Your Creativity is in overflow!! Keep it coming lady!!

    • frugal-nomics

      August 5, 2012 at

      Awww…it’s a blessing! Thanks Therese

  8. Erin

    August 1, 2012 at

    Brandhyze the graphics on this post are unreal!!! You are getting so crazy good at this, I am more amazed every time you send another post!

    • frugal-nomics

      August 5, 2012 at

      That means alot…thanks for checking it out!

  9. Nekisha

    August 1, 2012 at

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this necklace!!!!

    • frugal-nomics

      August 5, 2012 at

      Much appreciated…THANKS A BUNCH!

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