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!

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