Too early for that? Sorry. Let me try again
I hope you had a lovely weekend. As you may have read on Friday, Emily and I were supposed to have a crafting weekend but since she
bailed on me couldn’t make it, I crafted alone. I finished two projects and got materials for two more, and all in all, I think it went quite well. The project I want to share with you today is a tee-shirt scarf/necklace thingy. It has some interesting origins, kind of a right place, right time, deal. Obviously, I just finished my Tee Shirt Quilt, and I had leftover tee-shirt pieces from the project. Then, I was trolling around Pinterest one day and I saw this:
Pretty, no? It’s lovely, but the link goes to an Etsy store, and not a tutorial (Click the photo to see the original posting). I didn’t really want to buy one, when I was sure I could make one just as easy, so I did. There you go. Now, the original necklace is just made of soft jersey, not tee shirts, so it’s a little different.
I started with the bottom parts of 4 different tee shirts. Because my shirts are different brands/sizes/colors/materials, they have different stretch capacities, and didn’t all turn out the same length. I like it a lot, but if it bugs you, make sure you use identical shirts. Also, I only had the bottom third or so of the shirt to use, but if you’re starting from scratch, you can use the entire torso from under arm to hem. Just don’t actually use the hem, it won’t work. I collected my shirts, creating a nice color palette.
Then, using sharp fabric scissors, I cut the shirts into 1″ ribbons but left them whole, so that I had loops. Don’t cut up the sides of the shirt, no bueno.
PS: Now is as good a time as any to talk about scissors. Having a good sharp pair of scissors that you use for fabric is essential. You should never NEVER cut paper with your fabric scissors, because the fibers in the paper will dull your blades. If you find that your scissors aren’t cutting as well as they used to be, don’t get new ones, just get them sharpened. Fabric stores have periodic scissor and knife sharpening events and it’s inexpensive. My local Joann’s is having one this week, but check with your local craft or sewing supply store to find out when they have these kinds of events. Or, if you live in/close to a large city, you may have a full-time sharpening shop. Do some research. Trust me, it’s easier and cheaper to get your scissors sharpened than to buy new ones.
I made the ribbons into yarn by tugging on them. When you pull, they’ll curl up on themselves as if by magic. It’s actually pretty cool….
I gathered them all together and braided them a little. Because the pieces are loops, and not straight, if you braid it on one side, it braids on the other. Embrace it! I secured the braids with masking tape until I was ready for them and then hot glued a spare piece of shirt to hold the braids. Yes hot glue, I already had it out for another project and I didn’t feel like sewing it! Don’t judge me. If you’re a purist, you could certainly do a few stitches to secure. I might even do that at some point in the future.
Et Voila! Scarf, or necklace, or whatever. All in all, it probably took me about half an hour, and mostly that because I had to figure out the placement of the braids. I’m psyched for the arrival of cool fall days when I can add this to my accessories wardrobe!
- Recycled T-Shirt Bracelets Eco-friendly Craft (planetforward.ca)