Tie-dye T-Shirt Necklace

A brilliant way to recycle old T-shirts and create a beautiful and unique piece of jewellery.

Tie-dye T-Shirt Necklace

Skill Level


Time to Make

1 hour plus 6-8 hours for dye to set & extra for washing & drying of T-shirt

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Prepare everything you need before you start so it is all at hand.
  2. Follow the instructions on the kit for tie dying.
  3. When the t-shirt is fully dry, lay if flat on a flat surface preferably on a cutting mat. Cut away hem.
  4. From the bottom, cut 2.5cm strips across the t-shirt up to the sleeve underarm. Do not worry if they are not perfect, the edges will not show when finished.
  5. Stretch out all the strips then loop them together, matching seams (if t-shirt has them). Put aside.
  6. Cut around the armhole & cut 2 more strips, same width as before. You should have 4 shorter strips. Cut away any seams or overlocking.
  7. Take one strip & start wrapping & overlapping tightly around (the seams if you have any), the grouped strips. By wrapping tightly you will secure the end.
  8. When you come to the end of the end of that strip, take another & continue wrapping ensuring the previous strip end is secured into the wrap, while moving along the strips.
  9. About half way into wrapping with the strip, add the last 2 strips, letting them hang down. Hold them firmly in place while you continue wrapping with the previous strip. This will hold the 2 strips securely.
  10. To securely finish the wrapping take the end to the back & feed through a few layers of the wrap. This may be a little fiddly as it is tight. Do this again & pull through tightly & cut off end so it is not visible.
  11. Lay the necklace flat with the wrap on one side allowing the 2 strips to hang by the side too. Cut those strips to necklace length. Take each one separately & cut 10cm up the centre. Tread 3 pony beads on each strip piece & double knot ends. Cut off excess.
  12. Your necklace is ready to wear!
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Top Tip

You can wear this necklace in different ways. Twist the strips altogether to form a chunky twist or you can double it over to make a shorter necklace.