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I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but after some pretty warm temps here in Georgia, we had a bit of a cold front move through the southeastern United States over the weekend.  I woke up to temps in the 40’s on Saturday and Sunday, and had to put on a warm jacket to walk my dog Vince!

Before the cold snap, I had been working on more warm weather craft projects to share with you.  You told me you liked the recycled t-shirt projects I shared so far, so I decided to challenge myself to see just how many new accessories I could create from 2 old t-shirts I found in my youngest son’s recycling pile.

So how many did I get?  I am embarrassed to say that I can’t really tell you.  I finished 6 projects but ran out of time before I used all of the t-shirt material!

But let’s get going on those 6:

Step 1 – Gather supplies

You need the following:

  • 2 new or used t-shirts in 2 different but coordinating colors
    • 100% cotton t-shirts without side seams work best
    • T-shirts without a lot of printing also work better
  • Sharp scissors (preferably one made to cut fabric)
  • Beads of your choice (I chose these pewter ones to go with the black and white t-shirts)

 

Step 2 – Create the t-shirt yarn

  • Layout the first shirt on a flat surface, and smooth it out so it lays flat

2a - Prep (1)

  • Cut straight across the t-shirt, from one arm pit to the other

 

  • Cut straight across the bottom of the t-shirt to remove the hem
  • Throw the hem piece away


  • Cut the t-shirt body material into 1” wide strips
  • No need to measure exactly – just make all of the strips roughly the same size
  • Taking one strip of t-shirt at a time, loop the sides 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, creating what we call the “yarn”

Repeat these steps with the other t-shirt

2l - Prep (14)  

 

Step 3 – Create the 2-color Multi-string Infinity Scarf 

  • Gather up 6 or 7 loops of each color of t-shirt yarn
  • To ensure all the loops are about the same size:
    • Loop all of the the sides around your arms or wrists
    • Pull your arms apart to gently stretch all of the loops at once
    • Rotate the loop and repeat this motion several times 
  • Lay the loops out on a flat work surface

3c - 2 color infinity scarf (3)

 

  • Grab another loop of yarn, and cut it in half
  • Wrap it around one end of the gathered yarn, as shown
  • Knot the ends together


  • Wind the long end of the cut yarn around the scarf, covering 1-2”, then wind back to the knot.
  • Knot the long end to the short end of the cut yarn
  • Trim both ends close to the knot, then use a scissors to tuck the ends under the wrapped piece 

 

That was easy, wasn’t it? You can wear this scarf just like any other infinity scarf:  One long loop, or doubled up!

3m - 2 color infinity

 

Step 4 – Create the 2-color Multi Wrap Bracelet 

  • Gather 2 strips of t-shirt yarn (1 of each color)
  • Cut just one side of the loops to create long pieces of yarn4a - 2 color multi-wrap bracelet (1)
  • Knot the cut ends together
  • Trim close to the knot
  • To wear, wrap the strips around your wrist as many times as you like4e

 

Step 5 – Create the Beaded String Necklace

  • Take 1 loop of t-shirt yarn and cut it on one side to get one long strip.
  • Cut one of the ends at an angle
  • Take the angled end and thread it through a bead
  • Slide the bead down as far as you like
  • Repeat with additional beads (as many as you would like to use)

5c - Beaded String Necklace (7)

  • Test the necklace for length, and trim the ends accordingly (leaving enough to knot)
  • Tie a simple knot at the ends of your necklace, and pull tight
  • Trim close to the knot


  • To wear, simply wrap your necklace around your neck once or twice

5g

 

Step 6 – Create the Beaded Triple Wrap Bracelet 

  • Take 1 loop of t-shirt yarn, and cut it in half
  • Set one piece aside
  • Take the other piece, and cut one of the ends at an angle
  • 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 and spaced them out evenly
  • Tie a simple knot at the ends of your bracelet, and pull tight


  • To wear, simply wrap your bracelet around your wrist multiple times
  • You can wear it loosely, or stretch the material more to wrap again for a tighter fit
  • Experiment to see what you like best!

6d

 

 

Step 7 – Create the 2-color Braided Necklace 

  • Take 3 strips of yarn in the colors of your choice
  • Even up the ends, and tape them down to your work surface (leaving about 2 inches loose)
  • Arrange the long ends of the 3 pieces of yarn as shown
  • Braid by crossing the yarn on the right over the center yarn
  • Then cross the yarn on the left over the center yarn
  • Repeat this process until you reach your desired length
    • NOTE: I braided mine to 26” long, so I could easily get the finished necklace over my head


  • Carefully remove the tape, holding the loose ends of the braid so they don’t come undone
  • Lay the braid down, and overlap the 2 ends
  • Trim the long ends to about 2”

7i - braided necklace scarf (9) 

  • Grab another loop of yarn, and cut it in half
  • Wrap it around the overlapped ends of the necklace (these next steps are the same as you did in step 3)
  • Knot the ends together
  • Wind the long end of the yarn around the scarf, covering the loose ends, then wind back to the knot.
  • Knot the long end to the short end of the yarn
  • Trim both ends close to the knot, then use a scissors to tuck the ends under the wrapped piece
  • You can wear this necklace with the wrapped section at the back of the neck, or hanging down in front, for 2 different looks:

 

 Step 8 – Create the Knotted Headbands 

  • Take two strips of t-shirt yarn.
    • I used one black and one white to make it easy to see the steps
  • Cut the loops on one side to create long strips
  • Lay the first piece of yarn (black) down as shown, crossing the loop end over the cut end
  • Take the second piece of yarn (white), and lay it over the first in a “U” shape, loops on the left

 

  • Take the cut end of the bottom yarn (black), and pull it up and over the top of the cut end of the top “U” shaped yarn (white)

    8c - knoted headbands (5)

  • Take the loop end of the top “U” shaped yarn (white), and slide it under the top section of the bottom yarn (black)

8d - knoted headbands (6)

  • Take the cut end of the top yarn (white), and place it over the right hand side of the top section of the bottom yarn black), then
  • Weave it under the bottom yarn (white), then
  • Pull it over the very top section of the bottom yarn (black)


  • Place your fingers over all of the loop and cut ends, as shown
  • Gently start to pull out these ends outward
  • Continue pulling until you have a knot (make it as tight as you like)
    • NOTE: adjust as needed to ensure the knot is even

  • Take the loop end of one yarn and the cut end of the other
  • Loosely knot the cut ends around the loop
  • Repeat for the other loop and cut ends
  • Check the headband for size
  • You can make it smaller by untying the knots, and trimming the cut ends, then tie the knots again
  • Tighten the knots and trim, and you are finished!

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So there you go!  You’ve got 6 fun new accessories to wear this spring and summer!  I know you’ll love that these pieces are an easy way to upgrade your look, yet are very lightweight and comfortable to wear in warm weather.

Which ones would you make and wear?

Next week I’ll be turning my attention to getting ready for the many patriotic holidays we celebrate during the summer.  It wouldn’t be Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day or Labor Day without the Red, White and Blue.   I have some DIY projects fashion planned, but would love to hear what else you’d like to see for all of us on Team USA!

Until next time,

Carrie

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