Friday, November 11, 2011


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 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.

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Kristie said...

Very cute, Beth! And so versitile!

Sew Country Chick said...

What acool craft idea and it looks very hip too. ! I have a little sewing and fabric craft linky party I'm starting tomorrow and I was wondering if you could be so kind to stop by and post it? Thanks so much!
Sew Country Chick

urban craft said...

this is great cause I see these for sale for closer to $50. Love the DIY version.

Dawn said...

love this-i don't like thick scarves so this is perfect! love the outfit on pinterest too!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

SO cute! I love how simple this is, yet so pretty! (ps- I also love your bracelet and your nail polish color). I would LOVE for you to link this up to my fashion linky party called DIY Diva Thursdays! We party every Th-M...hope to see you :)

Visiting from TT&J


Terra said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! Love this.....already made two. Will make great additions to my fall wardrobe!

Ed said...

Great, now I am two tshirts short. :D

Jilly Be said...

What a great idea! (I found you through Justine's Link Party) I can see adding some large beads....I'm off right now to look through my t-shirt & bead stash - thank you! :)

Danielle said...

love the scarf! I need to make one. This is so fun! I'd love for you to link up to my linky party

Little Blue Mouse said...

I love it!

Sis-O said...

Love! Thank you.

Sis-O said...

oh, and I saw a tut somewhere doing the same cuts with old tshirts and then crocheting them into small throw rugs.

Gina said...

(I've been away (from blogging) and getting caught up!) The scraf is so pretty and it's amazing how easy it is to make! I've stayed away from all day accessory scarves, because I think it would be bothersome. However I need to try this! Thank you for posting the tutorial!

Karena said...

Beth I absolutely love this idea, and especially the no sewing aspect!!

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