The letter of the day is 'T'
as in T-shirts
First I experimented with my own shirts - mostly inexpensive tanks from forever 21 that I'd long since grown tired of. In my trials, errors and quests for answers I stumbled upon several tutorials for "recycled T-shirt necklaces"
They were all fine, variations on a similar theme; the cutting of T shirts, the stretching of material, the tying of knots, the wrapping and tucking and, eventually, the wearing. All well and good. But I was interested in making something a bit more polished. Keeping with the simplicity of similar T shirt strand-necklaces, but giving it a little oomph ... and I hated the knots, and the tucking - all so very UNpolished.
So I tinkered, and tried a few things, then I started scouring thrift stores for T shirts that were well taken care of - no faded, threadbare shirts that looked like they had been used to dry the Volvo after the car wash.
This is what I came up with:
and, if you're really going to accessorize, then you've got to have a bracelet, right?
The first one - the forest green necklace, sold the morning after I posted it to etsy :)
I'll be making more as the weeks pass, I think they work both as necklaces and even a fun take on the infinity scarf if you get a thick enough bunch together. So far I've just been doing solid colors but I'm already envisioning fun, spring-time color combinations....
quick shop update -
I'm Sold out!
More are in the works - let me know if you have any color suggestions or requests. Also, anyone have good ideas about where to find cool vintage buttons? I'm always looking to beef up my stash.