DIY Tee Shirt Necklace

SPRING CLEANING!!  One of my favorite times of the year!  This month I’m focusing on cleaning out my closet.  I have WAY too many clothes, many of which I never wear anymore (story of everyone’s life, right?).

I was going through some old tee shirts and found a couple that I haven’t worn in ages.  One was a white shirt that I really liked, but that had a huge coffee stain on it.  Again, story of my life.

So I decided to create this cute necklace so, in a way, I could still wear the shirt!

I included this necklace in my roundup of tee shirt crafts that I posted last week, so I thought I’d tell you how to make one of your very own!  It’s super easy and the look of it with a tee shirt and jeans is just perfectly casually chic!

Tee Shirt Necklace


  • An old tee shirt
  • Scissors
  • Pearls


  1. First lay your tee shirt out flat.  Starting at the bottom, cut strips about 1 inch wide.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, just eyeball it.

  2. Once your strips have been cut (I stopped cutting as soon as I got to the sleeves), gently stretch them out one by one.
  3. You could use a scrap piece of tee shirt material or a heavy duty piece of thread to thread the pearls.  I used some left over tee shirt material that I stretched until it was super thin.  I used a knitting needle to thread the pearls onto the fabric thread.
  4. Depending on the size of the tee shirt, you should be able to wrap the strips around your neck twice.  That’s what I did and then I tied the string of pearls to the doubled up strips of tee shirt fabric.

It’s as easy as that!

I had so much fun creating this necklace that I made another one with a tank top that was too big on me.  Stay tuned for that tutorial coming up next week!  I also have a tutorial coming up on how to turn a favorite screen tee into an adorable accessory!  Get creative with your spring cleaning this year!

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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