You Will Need ...
  1. Recycled Cotton T-Shirt (2 Solid Colors)

  2. Scissors (Sharp Fabric)

  3. Ribbon (Optional)

  4. Two rubber bands (not included in photo)

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Step 1: 

Open up your t-shirt and cut off the hem.  Cut as close as you can without cutting the hem itself. Save the hem piece as you will need it later. (A). Make a straight cut right underneath the sleeve.  You will be left with essentially a square of t-shirt fabric (B). Cut the shirt into 1-inch wide strips (C) Different width strips will give your necklace variation, so cut some strips that are 1-inch wide, some that are 2-inch wide, etc. until you cut up the entire t-shirt(D)

Step 2: 

Take each loop of shirt and stretch them out.  You will also want to run them through your hands to shape the loops.

Step 3: 

Pull and stretch all of your t-shirt pieces, the thick ones and the thinner ones.

Step 4: 

We used a second, accent color t-shirt for our necklace.  You can do the same or use only one color.  If you choose to use multiple colors repeat Step 1-3 for each of your accent color t-shirts.

Step 5: 

Next, I want to show you how to add an accent braid to your necklace. Take two loops of your stretched t-shirt and make a cut in each creating two long pieces, one of each color.

Step 6: 

Combine those two strands with a piece of ribbon. (Tip: Don't worry about varying lengths)

Step 7: 

Take a rubber band and tie off one end.  Give yourself two or three inches of extra fabric above the rubber band. Start to braid, top/bottom, top/bottom like you would normally.

Step 8: 

Finish off the braid.

Step 9: 

Assemble all of your pieces.  You can double up your longer pieces by making a figure 8.

Step 10: 

Tie the end of your t-shirt pieces together along with your braided ribbon piece.

Step 11: 

Create another knot with the t-shirt string and the ribbon braid on the opposit side and tie off again. Snip off excess ribbon.

Step 12: 

Now it's time for the hem that you set aside in Step1. Cut the hem open with your scissors.

Step 13: 

Take the hem piece and wrap it around the top of your necklace (right at the point where you tied off your ribbon braid in Step 10). Tie it as tightly as you can. (A), Next, take the hem piece and facing it with the finished side out, wrap the hem around the top of the necklace (B). Continue to do this until you get all the way all to the opposite attached ribbon braid piece (C) Once reaching the next ribbon braid, tie off tightly again.  You want to tie so tightly that you hear the threads pop (D). (Tip: These steps might be easier to do with a friend)

Step 14: 

Snip off the excess hem and you are all done!

Craft Length: 
Indefinite (as long as you want!)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Duct Tape: 
Jewelry and wearables
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Prep Time: 
No prep time needed!
1 adult per 10 children