Upcycle your old stained t shirts into necklaces

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I’m super excited to be taking part in One Planet Norwich’s Refashion event on Monday 21st November.

“On average we each spend £640 on clothes a year and collectively throw out 1 million tonnes of textiles …one third of this has barely been worn!

ReFashion Norwich is a FREE event highlighting sustainable fashion whilst having some fun along the way. We want to improve awareness on how to upcycle your unloved garments and give them a new lease of life.”

For the first time, I’m holding an upcycling workshop #eek (first times seem a bit of a theme this month!). The challenge has been to come up with a project people can have a go at, within half an hour, without a sewing machine (I don’t have public liability insurance or my sewing machines PACT tested)

I have borrowed the idea of this necklace from Brenda Bowler. I have slightly tweaked it based on the t-shirts I could release from my husband’s wardrobe without him noticing!

DIY T Shirt Necklace #recycletshirt
DIY T Shirt Necklace


  • Three T Shirts
  • Scissors
  • Old bead necklace
  • Acrylic paint (optional, dependant upon the beads)
  • Fabric glue (I use E6000 due to its strength and speed of drying)



Cut off the hem of the t-shirts. Then cut across creating 1″ strips, along the bottom of the t shirt.


Pull these strips between your hands to make your t-shirt yarn curl in on itself.

Place your strips into a circular shape at the required length for your necklace. You may wish them to be all slightly different lengths.

Add your bead necklace (you can see that I have roughly painted what was a bright wooden bead necklace red with acrylic).


Using further t-shirt yarn bind along the joins, wrapping tightly round.


Secure the ends with glue, you may wish to hold in place with pins until the glue has dried.


One fun necklace ready to add a bit of cheer to any outfit:) There are so many ways to recycle or refashion t-shirts, check out my Pinterest board here for further inspiration.

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  1. Anita
    November 15, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    That original! I love it

  2. November 17, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    A beautiful necklace Vicky and a great way to use up old t-shirts, of which I think everyone has a pile!! Good luck for your workshop – I’m sure it will be lots of fun – I wish I could come along!!
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  3. November 19, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    What a cute idea! I’ve never gotten comfortable with a sewing machine, so something like this would be great. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

  4. Angie
    November 22, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Lovely to meet you last night at the Refashion event and to try my hand at making a necklace. Looking forward to cutting up lots of my tee shirts now and making more necklaces. What an enjoyable evening we had

    • Vicky
      November 22, 2016 / 7:39 pm

      It was so lovely, such a nice atmosphere:) Thanks for coming:)

  5. November 23, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Hi Vicky! How are you? I love this and I also loved all of your ideas in the #12DaysofChristmasDIY Challenges. You and Jill are so creative. Thank you so much for linking up to the Thriving on Thursdays linky party last week. It was lovely to see you post pop up. I’m featuring it at tomorrow’s party.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

    • Vicky
      November 26, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Thanks for your kind comments Anne:) Thriving on Thursdays is a great link up, always lots of inspiring recipes to try out:)

  6. Brenda Bowlef
    May 7, 2017 / 1:29 am

    Oh just came across this while looking at facebook,!! Thank you for mentioning me.Vicky. The idea originally came from South Africa. I bought the necklace from a lady who had been to South Africa on holiday & had brought back necklaces to sell in the UK.

  7. Juleen
    September 1, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Can you please explain this: “Plus these strips between your hands to make your t shirt yarn curl in on itself.”
    Also, the strips are cut to create a straight piece, right? Sorry, I guess I just need a little more detail.

  8. Cathy
    December 2, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    How do you make them different lengths?

    • Vicky
      December 2, 2018 / 4:29 pm

      the t shirts I have used are large, so I trimmed some a little shorter to create a variety of lengths.

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