Upcycle your old stained t shirts into necklaces

For the first time, I am holding an upcycling workshop #eek. The challenge is to come up with a project anyone, whatever their skill level, can have a go at, within half an hour. I am inspired by the idea of this upcycled t-shirt necklace from a friend. I have modified the design to fit around the t-shirts I could release from my husband’s wardrobe without him noticing!

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DIY T Shirt Necklace

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  • 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. You can follow ky ho to on my youtube video T-shirt Yarn Necklaces.

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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Try this fun statement gold leaf necklace.

Don’t throw your old T shirts away, upcycle them and give them a new life! Check out my upcycled heart pillow, a reverse applique T shirt scarf or how about a step by step DIY macrame plant hanger.


13 thoughts on “Upcycle your old stained t shirts into necklaces”

  1. 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!!

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


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