I have this outfit pinned on Pinterest. I love that it is simple enough for me to actually try to pull off. I already have jeans in my closet, a pluthera of white tanks (for layering) and I even have a simlar color lightweight sweater. All I really needed was some leopard shoes and a red scarf. The shoes were not a problem (every girl could use another pair of shoes!). Although the flats pictured are cute, I like some height on my shoes (I am only 5'4"). I found these cute pumps at DSW (I had a gift card so I only paid $15 for them...bonus!).
Now, the scarf (or snood) was harder for me. The one pictured is $25. I guess that's reasonable but I couldn't justify spending the $ on it. Besides that, my big thick hair doesn't usually mix well with scarves. They are OK when worn with a coat but not so much for an all day accessory (they make my hair poof out even more than usual...not a good thing!).
Then it hit me! About a month ago I saw a fellow football Mom cutting up a t~shirt before a game. Yep, right there on the bleachers...you got love that, ha! I just had to inquire... she was making a fabric necklace out of a t~shirt...what?!
|Pretty darn cute for a men's tee, huh?!|
Wanna make your own?
Here is what you need:
1. T~shirt (old or new, prewashed) I bought a new mens XL shirt from Target for $7. It was the perfect color for me (dark red) and it didn't have seems down the sides of the shirt, that is not necessary but I like the cleaner look. You could easily get a tee for less at a thrift store or raid your husband's/boyfriend's closet ;)
2. Rotary cutter or scissors
3. Quilting ruler & cutting mat (only if using a rotary cutter)
Ok, now cut the hem off the bottom of your tee (you don't need it for this project). Then smooth your tee out and cut 1/2"~1" strips (I cut 1" strips for mine) until you reach the arms of the shirt.
You should have a pile like this (I got 13 strips out of my shirt).
Separate the strips so they look like this
|One nice big circle of fabric :)|
Pick them up 4~5 at a time and stretch them out (this will cause them to roll up). It's always nice to have a helper ;)
I wanted my strips to stay together so I snatched them all up and wrapped a smaller strip around them, like this...
|Tie tails in a knot to keep in place|
|Snip the tails and tuck under|
You could stop here and wear it long.
Or you could do what I did and double it to make a shorter, fuller necklace. To do that, cross your strips...
Then pull it over your head to get this look.
I don't wear my hair up much so I had to test it out with my hair down too.
Not too bad!
I have to say that I am loving this new accessory. For only $7 and about 20 minutes of my time to make, it RoCkS!
Let me know if you have any questions.