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She’s Crafty: Turn an Old Shirt Into a Cropped Tee & Fabric Necklace

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Lately I’ve been trying to think of ways to spice up some old over-sized shirts I’ve collected over time. Shirts I’ve received through concerts, clothing swaps, hand-me-downs, and those gruesome moments of getting a stain on the bottom half of a shirt I can’t bear to throw away. Luckily, I’ve been noticing a trend with cropped tees like the one in the Roxy Spring Lookbook which inspired me to make just that.

Then I thought, what am I going to do with all that extra fabric left over? Good thing the weather is still cold in January, and we can never have too many scarves/necklaces. Yup! We’re killing two seasons with one stone (or well, t-shirt).

Note: This is a money saving tutorial, so climb up your attics, rummage through your boyfriend’s closet, and bring some old shirts to life! No need to spend that pretty penny you’ve been working so hard for.

Supplies Needed:

  • T-shirt (preferably a size or two larger)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler & Fabric Chalk or a Pencil (you can always eyeball it if you’d like)
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Making a crop tee is pretty fool proof, it’s actually the extra embellishing that can throw you off.

To Make The Cropped Tee:

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Put Your T-shirt On To Measure Where You'd Like To Crop It

Put on your tee of choice and fold it up based on where you’d like it to be cropped. A good estimate would be about 7-8 inches from the armpit area; this will make the tee go down to your waist. Mark your cutting point with fabric chalk or a pencil.

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Line It Up and Cut!

Lay the shirt on a flat surface and outline straight across. You can also just fold the shirt horizontally starting  from the point marked and cut across without having to draw on your shirt.

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Cut Around The Neckline To Add Pizzazz

Your basic cropped tee is done! To jazz up the neckline, you can cut it into a boat neck (cut 2-3 inches from the existing neckline) to get that sexy off the shoulder look.  Or you can cut along the existing neckline leaving about 1-2 inches attached to the entire shirt (the parts not cut can land anywhere on the shirt, get creative!). Add more pizazz by cutting the sleeves shorter or folding them up a la Not Bad For a Girl.

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Tada! Cute Cropped Tee!

To Make the Fabric Necklace/Scarf:

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Line Up and Cut The Remaining T-shirt Fabric

Take the leftover fabric from your cropped tee and lay it flat. With a ruler and pencil, draw horizontal lines about half an inch apart and cut across (You can cut all the way through to separate all the strands or stop at the seam to keep them all together). Don’t forget to cut off the bottom seam, that part’s not cute.

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Grab The Strands, and Stretch

Once you finish cutting all the strands, you may begin the best part. Grab a couple strands and start pulling! But not too hard because you might cause them to rip, just enough so that they start to curl.

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Drape Around Your Neck However You Like!

After pulling all the strands,  start looping them around your neck however your heart desires. If you played around with it enough, I’m sure you’ll be able to find over a hundred ways of wearing the thing. To make it more of a scarf, just get more old tees to layer until you’re warm and ready to go.


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5 Responses to “She’s Crafty: Turn an Old Shirt Into a Cropped Tee & Fabric Necklace”

  1. Matt says:

    awesome! crafty! haha

  2. ladylexx Lexx says:

    LOVE IT! Definitely going to try this! So many possibilities!

  3. Jamilee says:

    LOVE THIS! Sooo trying it!

  4. Gee Gee says:

    LOVING THESE IDEAS… and that Prince of Bel Air earring!!

  5. Valerie says:

    This is a such a cool idea. I’m not sure how successful I’ll be at it, but I’m definitely going to give it a try! :)


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