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T-Shirt DIY Bracelets

By: Stephanie Gerber from
T-Shirt DIY Bracelets
T-Shirt DIY Bracelets
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Learn how to make chic bracelets out of old items found in your house. You can put together these T-Shirt DIY Bracelets in minutes by braiding pieces of old cotton or jersey T-shirts. If you don't have any shirts you want to cut up, you can buy one from the thrift store or Goodwill. As you braid your DIY friendship bracelet, wrap it around your wrist to make sure you are getting the correct size. Combine a neutral-colored T-shirt with bright rattail cord from the craft store to give these DIY bracelet patterns a modern look. 

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

MaterialsRecycled Materials

Primary TechniqueJewelry Making


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I see young teens wearing this type of bracelets and wondered how much and wear they got them but this tutorial on how to make them is so super easy so why would you buy them. Make some yourself using old tee shirts and rat tail cord. They look super fun to make and a great summer project for the kids to do with some of their friends. Very inexpensive to do.

You know... just looking at these as braids, you could use them as really neat trim on, say, a jacket or a blanket. Of course you'd have to have several tshirts in the same colors for something as big as a blanket, but a little trim on the sleeves or cuffs of a jacket seems possible.

I remember people wearing these back in the 80s. We made them ourselves but if you were unable or unwilling to make them, you could also buy them. They are quick and simple to make, and a great way to use up old t-shirts. They are also great little items for craft tables at bazaars and fundraisers.

These bracelets are so cool. I love the two different colours used here. This craft is the best for kids to learn how to use t-shirt yarn.


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