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How bout an easy color-splash fashion accessory?
I tried my hand at going eco-green and recon'd an old Tshirt into this dyed n' braided fabric necklace.

So fun! I can't decide how I like to wear it best.

Oh, and want to give a shout out to OOLAMOOLA that posted a super cool tutorial for a braided necklace that inspired me to make my own. It's a very nifty site, worth a gander, friends!

Posted by edie d. from New York, New York, United States • Published See edie d.'s 41 projects »
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  • How to make a braided fabric necklace. Dyed N' Braided Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start with cutting off the bottom hem of your shirt, then cut nine 1" wide strip loops. This shirt had side seams but it's better if the shirt is a continuous knit without seams.

  • How to make a braided fabric necklace. Dyed N' Braided Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    Here's some of the stages:

    1- Open the loops on one side. I staggered this spot so those awkward side seams would land in different spots of the necklace. Then I slid beads onto the fabric strips to cover the seam bulk.

    2- Knot the strips in a few places.

    3-Bind with rubber bands in a few more places.

    4-I dyed it first with 1/2 bottle RIT tangerine dye mixed in 1 gallon of very hot 140º water for about 15 min. If the tap water's not hot enough, just heat some in the tea kettle or microwave.

    5-Then the knots and rubber bands are removed.

    6-Next, mix 2Tbsp of RIT Rose Pink in an additional gallon of hot water and immerse the fabric strips for about 5 minutes.

  • How to make a braided fabric necklace. Dyed N' Braided Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    After removing from the dye bath, rinse until the water runs clear and hang dry.

    OK, ready for assembly!
    Hold the ends of the 9 strips together with a clamp or tape and start braiding 3 strips at a time the entire length.

  • How to make a braided fabric necklace. Dyed N' Braided Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    Stitch the ends with a moderately tight stitch back and forth. At this point, I was planning to cut the fringe off and attach a ribbon tie but decided the fringe was kinda fun so I'm working it for now.

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Jane
Jane · 51 projects

Your Dyed N' Braided Necklace is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature it at
http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

Contact me here if you have a concern.

Jane
http://diylessons.org/

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Spiffy555
Spiffy555 · 37 projects

That is REALLy cute!

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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects

hi i love your necklace too, but the div necklace where you got your inspiration from is too great. thanks for sharring and the tute. well done!

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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects

very nice

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