Hello sports fans! How is everyone today?
Are you ready for the NHL and NBA playoffs that get started later this week? It seems crazy that we’ll be in playoff mode until late May for basketball and mid-June for hockey, doesn’t it? But playoffs do take some time when you play a series instead of a single game to determine who moves on.
We had a little cold snap here in Georgia, but warm weather is back this week. And I hate to admit it, but before long I’ll be complaining about how hot it is!
So I’m continuing my team colors craft series with another project made from recycled t-shirts, because t-shirt material is light weight and perfect to wear in any season.
If you have been following the blog (and you really should), you saw the t-shirt scarf and t-shirt bracelet projects we made over the last few weeks. I hope you had a chance to try them out! You can use leftover t-shirt material to make a bunch of today’s bracelets too. You can’t beat that … a scarf and multiple bracelets, all from just 2 t-shirts!
So dig out those t-shirts (or leftover materials) and let’s get started!
Step 1 – Gather supplies
You will need the following:
- 1 or more new or used t-shirts
- 100% cotton t-shirts without side seams work best
- HINT: I bought 2 plain t-shirts at a craft store, and found that the children’s XL sizes are MUCH cheaper than the adult sizes, and are perfect for this project!
- Sharp scissors (preferably one made to cut fabric)
- Beads of your choice
- I found these silver ones at a local craft store
- I used beads with a 4mm inner diameter, which is big enough to slide them into position, but small enough that they will stay where you put them
Step 2 – Lay out the first t-shirt
- Put the shirt on a flat surface, and smooth it out so it lays flat
Step 3 – Cut between the Armpits
- Cut straight across the t-shirt, from one arm pit to the other
- Don’t worry if your cut isn’t perfectly straight … these scarves are VERY forgiving
- NOTE: Save the top part you just cut off for another project
Step 4 – Cut off the hem
- Cut straight across the bottom of the t-shirt to remove the hem
- Again, don’t stress over making a perfectly straight cut
- Throw the hem piece away
Step 5 – Cut 1” strips
- Cut one or more 1″ wide strips from the t-shirt material
- You can make 2 bracelets from each strip!
Step 6 – Repeat steps 2-5 for the other color t-shirt (if using)
Step 7 – The fun part – Stretch it to create t-shirt “yarn”
- Taking one strip of t-shirt at a time, loop the sides of the t-shirt around your arms or wrists
- Pull your arms apart to gently stretch the t-shirt
- Rotate the loop and repeat this motion several times
- You will see the edges of the t-shirt roll over on themselves (which is why a perfectly straight cut is not important) – we call this end product the “yarn”
- Repeat with second color loop (if using)
Step 8 – Cut each loop in half and trim the end
- Cut the loop at each end, to get 2 pieces about the same size
- Set one piece aside
- Cut one of the ends at an angle
- Repeat for a loop from the other color t-shirt
Step 9 – Add beads
- Take the angled end of one strip, and thread it through the bead
- Slide the bead down as far as you like
- Repeat with additional beads (as many as you would like to use)
- NOTE: I used 3 beads per strip, and spaced them out evenly
- Repeat with the strip from the other color shirt, and more beads
Step 10 – Tie a knot
- Tie a simple knot at the ends of your bracelet, and pull tight
- Repeat with the other bracelet
Step 11 – Wrap it On
- To wear, simply wrap your bracelet around your wrist multiple times
- You can wear it loosely, or stretch the material more for a tighter fit
- Experiment to see what you like best!
How fun are these? I’m making them in multiple colors to go with my spring and summer shirts! Now off to the closet to find some old t-shirts!
If you like these bracelets, and would like ideas on how to make more of them, stay tuned for future blog posts!
Until next week,