No Necklace? No problem!! :)
In the past I have not been a big necklace wearer. No particular reason – I just lean more toward earrings. But there are so many cute ideas out there for necklaces that I’ve gotten caught up. And then I had the brainstorm to take it one step further. . .why not make a T-shirt with the necklace on it?
I started looking around and of course, a bunch of companies had already had this brainstorm. I’m behind again. haha. But I didn’t let that stop me – I decided to forge ahead and create the Necklace T-shirt!
What do you think? I love that it has the necklace look but that it stays put.
Would you like to make one too? It’s super easy. You’ll need:
- 1 t-shirt (mine’s a Target clearance)
- fabrics for flowers – I used white cotton, lace and ribbon
- black tulle/netting (just a small piece)
- pearls or beads
- ribbon for the necklace – I used black velvet
- matching thread
Start by tearing your white cotton into strips about 1 – 1 1/2″ wide. Just make a small slit in the fabric and pull – it will tear a nice straight strip and you will have lovely frayed edges. I tore a few strips – I think they were about 20 – 25″ long – because I wasn’t sure how big the roses would be or how much fabric I’d need. It’s kind of a decide as you go process. Thread your needle and get ready to sew your rose together. (There are TONS of fabric rosette tutorials out there. Feel free to use the one you like best – this is just the way I did it. :)
Twist the end of your fabric strip.
Keep twisting and wrapping the fabric into a small rose shape.
Keep twisting and wrapping, stitching your little rose together as you go. I tried to hide the stitches in the folds. When your rose gets to be about the size you want, trim the end and stitch that to the back of the flower.
And then you have a cute little flower! Not too bad right? Keep making various sized flowers – and switch up your fabrics. I used cotton, lace and satin ribbon, but you could use any combination – just vary it a little for interest.
Now grab your cheapy t-shirt . . .
Using the neckline of your shirt as a guide – cut a curved shape out of the tulle for the base of your necklace.
(I think it looks like a canoe. haha)
Lay out your canoe netting and place your roses on it the way you think they look best. I arranged for a bit until I decided how I liked it. Pin a few of them down so you don’t loose your placement as you sew.
Cut your ribbon into two longish pieces and pin the ends under the netting and the roses on each end. Sew down the ends of your ribbon.
Start sewing down your roses, going in circles around the edges of the roses and catching the middles to make sure they’re secure.
Now you have your roses and ribbon ends sewn down -
Go through your bead stash and find some to add in among the roses. I added a few pearls (of course) around the roses and one in the center of each.
You’re almost done! I just tacked down the ribbons at the shoulders and the back, with loops of thread sewn around the ribbons to hold them in place. Knot the ribbon in the back and trim the ends if you need to. And that’s it! You now have a cute Necklace T-shirt – that is already accessorized! How fun is that? ;)