Start with an old t-shirt. Make sure the lower half does not have any print or design on it, and one without any side seams. (Note: some pics below may appear a bit grainy, as I had to use a substandard camera at the time…so sorry!)
Take each strip in hand and pull from each end till fabric ring stretches out to its fullest/longest. The strip will roll up on itself, and become “tubular” in shape:
Then, compile all of your individual loops into one pile:
I gathered one side together in my hand. With a strip of leather, measuring approximately 12″-18″ long, I held the starting end lengthwise, and then started wrapping the leather snugly around the fisted loops:
(Note: You can buy leather at Michaels, Joann Fabrics, or a Tandy store)
I kept wrapping the leather until I got about 5″, or so, from the end:
And when I got to the end, I tucked under my end piece. (Although a little glue gun or E6000 glue would help here as well):
Coil necklace in half, and you are ready to wear it! This blue t-shirt had a tan piece of leather. But, combinations of gray leather on a black t-shirt, or brown on a tan t-shirt would look good as well. Try different combinations!
Do you like mine? This idea has become pretty popular on YouTube. Here’s a great video tutorial on doing it. There’s also other ideas on creating t-shirt necklaces….HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Or, if you don’t want your old t-shirts anymore, just pass them along to me and I’ll start crafting with them!