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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Upcycling a Tee into Jewelry & Giveaway!!!!- closed

So I tried to think of a tutorial that would suit the first week of celebrating the past year of me blogging. With all the the crafty people out there in blog land, I was at a stand still...then I thought back to the first gift I made as a crafter for my sister 2 years ago just before I decided to start my blog.
I made her a necklace from a t-shirt...I know there are lots and lots of tutorials out there but I have come up with one of my own.

Materials needed:
scissors/ rotary cutter & cutting mat
hot glue & gluesticks
thread and needle
sewing machine
felt scraps for making rolled flowers

So now let's get started now that you have your materials....

1. Laying your shirt out flat in the cutting mat, cut off the bottom seam
2. Now I cut from the bottom upwards, at about 2" strips. Keep cutting until just below the arms of the tee.
3. Now you have strips of tee, if there was a seam in the sides if the tee, cut it out.  The next thing you are going to do is take a strip and give it a pull and cause the strips to curl up on themselves. Keep doing this with all the strips until you have as many as you want it to be thin or thick necklace.
4. Now you can just wear the strips like this but I embellished them, if they had no side seams. If there was a side seam or two on the tee (which mine had one side seam), I took on strip and cut of the seam as you see above. Then I laid them on top of each other shortest to longest then used my needle and thread to sew the ends together.

5. Once the strips were sewn together I wanted to cover the ends so I took one strip and starting in the middle and working out to one side then back across I covered the ends. I tuck the end in between using a crochet hook and put a dab of glue on to secure it.

That is it for making the necklace. Only thing I would suggest is to maybe twist one end of the necklace before sewing the ends together for a little bit more flare.
Now for the embellishments....Sometimes I use the bottom seam you cut off but for this one I took some felt scrap and a left over strip and made a few rolled roses and a large petal flower..... Then I hot glued them directly onto the area I wrapped to cover the ends, next time I would make a pin or something to clip onto the area so if you want to change up the embellishments you could.
There you have it my tutorial for an Upcycling t-shirt necklace.

Now would you like to have it for your very own????
If you said yes, then please leave a comment below saying you are a new follower or been following all along. I will draw for the necklace on April 25th (giveaway closes April 24th at 11:59 pm EST)!
***One comment per person please!****

Good Luck and enjoy making some t-shirt necklaces for yourself or as gifts!!
I also made bracelets using the same idea.
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Muireann said...
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Muireann said...

I'd love to win one, thanks for the chance to win. Sorry about deleting my earlier post, I forgot to say I follow with Google Reader. Thanks again!

Stewart & Ciera Stout said...

I'd LOVE to win! I'm a New Follower. Super cute! I found you from Tatertots and Jello!

Kelly said...

fun! i am a long-time follower

Mama Lusco said...

Very cool! Thanks for the tutorial :) Follower. mamalusco at ortelco dot net

Jen said...

This necklace is soooo cute! Thanks for this great giveaway!

Heather D said...

I love it!!!

Kaytee said...

I'm a new follower! I can't wait to make one of these. Thanks for the chance to win!
katelyn.j.stephens at gmail dot com

Aubree said...

I would love this! I am a new follower via GFC.

Pam Emerson said...

I'm a new follower via GFC. What a great necklace :)