T-Shirt Beads

A few of my daughters’ t-shirts were intercepted by me on their way to the Salvation Army for my latest jewelry project…

T-shirts are cut into small strips, sewn into tubes and strung onto suede cording to create a necklace.

You can make t-shirt beads of different lengths to add interest.

For this project you will need: a sewing machine (or you can sew these by hand), suede cording, old t-shirts and scissors.

Cut t-shirt fabric into rectangles of desired size (mine were about 2" x 1.5") - add room for seam allowance.

Fold rectangle in half and sew edge closed. I found that leaving a 1/4 of an inch seam allowance worked well. I sewed it twice to reinforce the closure.

Trim the seam allowance.

Turn inside out. You can cut these in half to create smaller beads as well.

String t-shirt beads onto suede cord (available in craft stores - sold in 25-yard spools for around $8.00 in the leather working supply section), tie ends together to close.




Comments (1):

  1. catie

    May 3, 2012 at 4:10 am

    love this!
    such a resourceful project, and what great colors.

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