Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tutorial: "Ring Around the Rosy" Necklace from Tee-Shirts (no-sewing!)

I spend lots of time turning tee shirts into other things. This idea came from a crafting-gone-wrong experiment, where I tried to make a series of loops made from tee shirts into earrings - they were way too big and distracting, not to mention they didn't move well. So, moving on, I realized that they could be used to make a necklace very easily with just a few knots. Hooray! I've since seen some tutorials for a scarf made similarly to the necklace I made but I decided to write up a quick tutorial so other people can make the necklaces too - especially as the other tutorials I've seen do not include making the tee-shirt strips into "strings".

How to! 

You'll need a tee shirt and a pair of scissors.

Cut 14 strips roughly the width of your finger
Hold the ends of the strip with both hands and pull out. The strip will roll on itself to make a string.

(strips pulled into string)
Wrap the string around your four fingers as such, then make 14 of these. Lay them down on your work surface.
Start to tie the loops together with your remaining 2 pieces of string.
Tie them all together until all 14 are attached.
And there you have it!

For longer or shorter lengths, just add or subtract the number of loops that you make and attach to your chain.

Good luck and happy crafting!

(For my other tutorial, click here!)


  1. I just happened to stumble on this! It's a wonderful alternative to the usual t-shirt necklace tutorials I see. If the strips were wider, this necklace could be more like a scarf for when it is chilly! I would love to feature and link to this on a future post so others can come visit. Okay? Pearl

  2. Hi Pearl,

    It would indeed make a great scarf! You're welcome to use the tutorial on your site, just please make sure to note that you found it here (a link would be great!). :-)

    Thanks and happy crafting!

  3. Great tutorial Anne! What a wonderful way to use all my old 10K t-shirts that I can't seem to part with. I'm also going to try one with wider strips so it's a scarf. Will let you know how it turns out.

  4. Definitely do it! I'm curious to see how it will turn out. I just made a cowl the same way that I'll have to post pictures of!