Upcycled t-shirts

At moment I'm spending a lot of time finding ways to upcycle clothes.  Today I decided to do something with some old t-shirts and this is what I came up with:
A coaster....


And a fabric necklace!

This is what I started with...

The arms of the smaller stripy shirt were cut and stretched for the bracelets..

Then strips from the main body of the t-shirts were cut for the braided things.

Three strips of different colours together - just tie them together with a knot at the top, wedge the knot into a draw to hold firmly, and plait (braid) away!

Tie a knot to finish off the other end, then wind the plait (braid) around on a flat surface to form a circle.

Then use a needle and thread to secure it all into place!

I've barely used any of these t-shirts - could make lots of these!  Maybe a full set of coasters - or maybe just some more circles to add as embellishments!
What do you think?



  1. Love the colors. I have a weakness for pink and red together.

  2. Fantastic! I love the braiding, I've been wanting to give that a try..

  3. Great colors! the giant pendant is adorable - I love the red bail at the top. I am getting inspired...

  4. Great ideas to recycle. Found you on the link party. Nice work.

  5. love them all, the colors a great too. the necklace is very funky! thanks for sharing this at my party!


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