DIY Recycled Shirt Bracelet

Recycled Shirt Bracelet

Guys, I have a problem. I am addicted to striped shirts. They are literally taking over my closet. Ok, stripes and pink. Apparently I dress like a 12-year-old. But since starting my wardrobe from scratch, I got rid of everything in my closet that 1) I haven’t worn in ages or 2) I wouldn’t wear even if it did fit.

Three striped shirts had to go. Cue sad violin.

diy t-shirt bracelet

So I gave them a second life by turning them into jewelry. Because garlands and striped shirts are not safe from my need for cute accessories. Plus too-tight T-shirts will definitely fit my wrist – perhaps even make it look skinny (fingers crossed!).

DIY Braided Striped T-shirt Bracelet

Recycle Tshirts Step 1: Gather your ill fitting T-shirts and enjoy slicing and dicing them. (I highly recommend having a donut while doing this. Not sure why, but it made me feel better.) Cut strips up the front of the shirt for a two loop bracelet. Or cut horizontally if you want more loops. My strips were about an inch wide. After cutting your pieces, give them a stretch. This will lengthen the fabric and make the edges roll inward.

Step 2: Pull the three ends through you piece of chain. You might need to cut the edge to make it thinner – this will make it easier to feed the fabric through the chain link.

Step 3: Knot the ends. You can keep some of the fabric tail or cut it close to the knot. If you cut it all off, then apply a little glue to the ends.

Step 4: Start braiding! Finish by knotting the other side on the chain link.

Wear it as a bracelet…

diy recycled shirt bracelet

Or wear it as a necklace. Just use a longer piece of chain.

diy t-shirt necklace


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  1. says

    I need to pitch almost everything in my closet as well but the problem is that I need to wait until I can afford new clothes! I love that you are using some of your old clothes to make new accessories!

  2. says

    Nice idea to keep on treasuring favourite clothes even if you cant wear them anymore. And I’m sure a donut makes the moment of shredding them less bitter. :)

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