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T shirt Necklace

By: Jennifer Juniper for Hope Studios

Want to make this fun necklace? Get to work cleaning your closets and save some old t-shirts and you will have "shopped" for all the supplies you will need. This thrifty jewelry craft will have all the moms wondering how you did it.

T-shirt Necklace


  • 100% Cotton T-shirts
  • Scissors

T-shirt Necklace



  1. Remove the hem from the bottom of your t-shirts, then cut 1 inch wide strips from the bottom of the shirts.
    T-shirt Necklace1
  2. I worked with 15 strips for this project, you can adjust this according to how thick you'd like the necklace to be. (The strips are actually rings since you are cutting the bottom through both layers.) You will eventually double these rings, so 15 strips turns into 30.
    T-shirt Necklace 2
  3. Once you have cut all your strips, S-T-R-R-R-E-E-E-T-C-H each one. This will cause them to roll on the sides and elongate them to twice the length.
    T-shirt Necklace3
  4. After stretching, lay them one on top of the other. Try to stack with the seams together.
  5. Holding your rings with the seams in each hand, twist (in a figure 8 kind of shape) to double the rings. Now the seams from both ends will all be together and the necklace will be half as long and twice as thick.
  6. Using an extra strip of t-shirt, wrap the section where the seams have come together, as shown here, to bind the whole stack. Like this:
    T-shirt Necklace6
  7. Pull it over your head... See how cute? How inexpensive? How customizable? The sky is the limit on the color combinations and thickness!
    T-shirt Necklace7


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The moniker, Jennifer Juniper, is what made me look at your stuff. My bff adopted that as her "nickname" and she was taken tragically and early from this world. You have neat ideas that she would have also loved.

I love it! How clever and easy. Now I know what to do with all of those old t's.

What a great craft! I am going to try it as soon as I collect the t-shirts.

I love this web glad I found it. Got some cool stuff on here. Thanks

After reading the comments, I think selection of the T-shirt fiber and weight of knit make a difference. Everyone is having a different experience. Keep trying and keep updating your results until we get it right. Do cheap work better? Heavy or light or medium? Momforever

This is a fantastic web site

the t-shirt necklace is soooo cool! i love to make necklaces but i'm not so great at beading, now i can have a cool handmade necklace without having to bead!

Hi I love this idea! Looks great! I've now tried 100% cotton and a cotton poly blend and it just won't do the curling. Any suggestions?? Thanks -

love it. I am gonna try making these with my daughter. Maybe make a video on it and submit it to them . . If I get the necklaces to work right. lol

I made these as Christmas gift and they went over big.

I tried this and it didn't work. The strips didn't curl. I think the problem is that I used a really nice T-shirt (Ann Taylor) and it wasn't very stretchy. Next go round I'll make sure I start with a stretchier T-shirt!!! The necklace is SO cute, I'm going to make it happen, I just need a different T-shirt I'm sure.

I have made a few of these necklaces and they are so cute. However, I have found that if I use 100% cotton, they do not work. They stretch out, but do not roll up. I have to use a cotton blend in order to get them to work correctly. Am I doing something wrong? Debi

I really like the T-shirt necklace. Great job, Jennifer. I would like to see more craft's like your's. Thank You!

How unique.


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