Tuesday, July 19, 2011

DIY Recycled T-Shirt Cuff

 1. You need some old cotton jersey t-shirts, old broken necklaces and/earrings, scissors, plyiers, wire cutters, thread and needle.
2.  Cut the bottom of your ti-shirts horozontally.  You don't need the very bottom seem.
3.  Once you are done cutting your pieces pull them tight and this will cause your t-shirts to *curl* and make t-shirt yarn.
4. Cut the clasps and ends off of your necklaces removing the charms.  You'll want the chain all by itself.
5.  You need six strands of t-shirt yarn and two or three pieces of long chain.  On a clip board or taped to a table layer your pieces.  Two pieces on top of each-other side by side, including one piece of chain with each bundle.  You'll have three bundles with two pieces of t-shirt yarn and one chain in eacy.
6.  You'll start a weave pattern with your t-shirt yarn and chain.  Be sure alternate each strand, crisscrossing as you pull each piece through.
7.  When you reach your desired length.  Take a needle and thread.  I used clear beading thread.  Sew the ends together, including sewing through the chain (in the middle of each eye) straight across the desired end of your cuff. I sewed several times back and forth. Repeat this for the opposite end of your bracelet.
8 Use your scissors and wire cutter to snip off the excess ends and chain.
9.  Sew each end together, doing the same as step 7.
10.  Cute a small piece of rectangular t-shirt from the sleeve.  11.Fold edges inside and sew to the outer edge of your cuff where the two ends meet.  I again, sewed several times to ensure no breakage.
12.  Wrap the rest of the rectangular t-shirt around the inside covering up the entire area where the two ends meet.  Sew this piece all the way through your cuff on the side where the ends meet.

Lastly, if you would like to...
You can use some left over charms (I used some from a broken earring) and some left over large chain or jump rings from your necklace to attach some charms onto the chain in your cuff.  You can do this by using your pliers to open up the jump rings, loop them into the chain and close them tight with your pliers again.  You're all done!

If you want to make a headband version like I've made in this post just make your weave longer.  I recommend making it without chain (get's caught in your hair).  If you decide to make this cuff without chain you can run the ends of your weave through the sewing machine a couple of times and sew your rectangle this way as well.  This will make the process faster. However, do not use a machine if you choose to add chain to your weave pattern.  It will ruin your machine.


  1. LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing - I'm definitely going to try this one out!

  2. i am going to try this. i have SO many tshirts lying around. great DYI.

  3. That looks fantastic! I don't really wear bracelets often, but I think a headband would be perfect. ;)

  4. I love this I am going to make one for sure thanks for sharing :)

  5. freakin awesome! Thanks for the tutorial Erin!

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  7. I love this idea, can't wait to try it!

  8. oh wow! that looks seriously gorgeous!! great idea including the chains and charms!!! love it! thank you for the tutorial! i'm a new follower/fan!

  9. Oooh! I love the aesthetic of this!

  10. sweet! it looks amazing......

    (this makes my peasant braid look awful. haha)

  11. This seems to be a good way to reuse old t-shirts in a creative way. Do you need to sew the braided cloth together at the seams to keep it intact?

  12. I think this bracelet is brilliant, what a great touch with added bling!

  13. I love this! I made it and it turned out wonderfully!

  14. This is soo smart!!!!

    I love it!!!


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  16. Very nice tutorial!!
    Recycle is important too!


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  20. Hey Erin! I reaaally love this! haha where did you buy this t-shirt?? :)