T-Shirt Friendship Bracelets

Designer: Alison Gamm

Rather than sharing your latest selfie, give one of these bracelets to a friend.


Materials:

  • Old T-shirt (multiple-strand and braided bracelets)
  • Jewelry pliers
  • 12“-wide clamp ribbon end jewelry clasps with jump ring ends: silver (one pair per bracelet)
  • Lobster clasps (one per bracelet)
  • Old shirt or scarf (knotted bracelet)
  • About ten 12“-diameter glass marbles (knotted bracelet)

Make the Multiple-Strand Bracelet

1. Note: If making multiples, make a ball of T-shirt yarn following the instructions below. Cut three 12×6″ strips from T-shirt; pull the ends to curl the long edges to make T-shirt yarn.

2. Lay the T-shirt yarn side-by-side on work surface. Use jewelry pliers to pinch a clamp ribbon end over each end of the grouping. Add a lobster clasp to one of the rings attached to a clamp end.


Make the Braided Bracelet

1. Note: If making multiples, make a ball of T-shirt yarn following the instructions below. Cut three 12×9″ strips from a T-shirt; pull the ends to curl the long edges (see Photo 4 below).

2. Lay the T-shirt yarn side-by-side on work surface. Use jewelry pliers to pinch a clamp ribbon end over one end of the grouping. Braid the strings. Pinch a clamp ribbon end over the braided end. Add a lobster clasp to one of the rings attached to a clamp end.


Make the Knotted Bracelet

1. Cut a 3×25″ strip from an old shirt or scarf. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with right sides together.

2. Using a 14” seam allowance, sew the strip together along the long edges. Turn the strip right side out.

3. Tie a knot 1″ from one end of the strip. Insert a marble through the opening on opposite end and push it down to the knot. Twist and pinch the strip around the marble, then tie a knot to hold the marble in place.

4. Continue adding knots and marbles and tie a final knot to the strip end. Trim the strip end as needed, but leave at least 1″ of fabric at end.

5. Use jewelry pliers to pinch a clamp ribbon end to each strip end. Add a lobster clasp to one of the rings attached to a clamp end.


How to Make T-Shirt Yarn
1. Cut across front of T-shirt just below armpits. Cut off bottom hemmed edge; discard strip.
2. Cut 12” wide strips beginning at one side seam and ending approximately 1″ before opposite side seam.
3. Open uncut side seam; finger-press. Cut diagonally across seam (from strip one on right to strip two on left) to connect every other strip and make one long continuous strip.
4. Stretch strip to curl side edges. Roll into ball.

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