Turn old clothes into a necklace

Ever had old jersey knit tee shirts or sweatpants lying around? Turn them into something more wearable like a necklace!

DIY tutorial - how to turn old jersey clothes into a necklace

Here’s how:

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Grab an old pair of sweatpants or an old tee shirt – preferably one that’s made of jersey knit so it doesn’t fray. Another plus point? It’s stretchy so if you make a shorter necklace you can just pull it over your head. :)

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Starting from one of the side seams, start cutting along the length of the tee shirt or pants.

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Continue cutting along the length to form strips. I originally cut a wider strip but decided to split that in half for a thinner strip.

Depending on the material, it may curl around the edges but that’s fine too!

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Cut as many strips as you like – in this tutorial, we’re using six! Clip the strips down tight.

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Start weaving: take the right most strip and place it over the adjacent strip, then under the next strip, and over, etc until it is woven to the left. Basically keep going over, under, over, under… till there are no more strips left to go over or under.

Take the strip that is right most and continue that, forming alternate weaves as shown in the image above. Keep going till you’re happy with the length of the woven portion.

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To fasten the weave, make tiny stitches throughout the last row. Try to hide the knot underneath an overlapping piece when you start.

Sew down the top of the weave just under the clip too.

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Release the clip after sewing and bring the strands around. You may want to drape around your neck to determine the varying lengths of each strip first.

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Fold down the top of the weave and stitch the ends of the strips to it.

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Flip it over and cut off the excess lengths neatly. You can sew it down to make it even neater – just be careful that your stitches don’t show on the right side up!

DIY tutorial - how to make a necklace out of old clothes

DONE! Now just throw on the necklace, let your hair down, and have fun with it! :)

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