DIY Fringe Necklace from an Old T-shirt

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What you’ll need…


Everyone has an old T-shirt, right? ….these happen to be GAP Stretch t-shirts that were quite fitted through the arms and chest but loose in the waist.


Cut shirt {as seen in image below}. . . either way works . . . I made the green fringe larger


Leave full length or cut shorter, to desired length


And… Voila!


Pull over head and wear as a necklace! Cute over a bandeau bikini top as well!



Or wear them on your arms! {or anywhere they’ll fit! That’s the bonus of using a t-shirt with stretch!}

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*note: I wasn’t planning on doing a DIY this weekend but this idea popped in my head yesterday afternoon while I was cleaning out my closet . . . and knowing that these t-shirts were not going to get worn in original form, I turned them into something new. I have a brown one I’ll probably DIY as well …because seriously, this post is taking longer than the DIY, it’s so easy.

*disclaimer: while I have been cutting up old t-shirts for decades {as many of you probably have too}, it has always been into another style of t-shirt to wear …as a t-shirt. I have seen many fringe necklaces {and made one} but not like this. IF however I am wrong and this idea is not my own, please do let me know so I can link to another previous version of this DIY.

{Victoria’s Secret fleece crop pant, old ass tank top, Jessica Simpson zip booties, sunglasses unknown, Aldo earrings}

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Skumfidus

    June 7, 2009 |

    Cool! I just started wearing a halter-neck top I have with fringes like that 🙂

  • TeeTee

    June 7, 2009 |

    You are so creative.. great idea!

  • OmnisLucis

    June 7, 2009 |

    how did u come up with that? old tshirt to funky accessory, awesome!

  • Dominica

    June 7, 2009 |

    You could also try and hang some multi-coloured beads at the ends ….but these are already awesome…great idea !

  • Megan

    June 7, 2009 |

    Sweatpants with heels? Only you Maegan!!

  • Maegan

    June 7, 2009 |

    TOTALLY Dominica!! …I said that to my friend last night while I was showing it to her and she giggled ..but I think you could TOTALLY ADD BEADS {especially those 80’s beads!}…and it would ROCK!

  • Dirty Slipcover

    June 7, 2009 |

    you are sooo creative!!

  • Dana

    June 7, 2009 |

    This is a great idea!!! You look so stylish!!


    June 7, 2009 |

    I think is one of the best DIY’s i’ve seen. Because not only is the product really chic, unique, and versatile, but making it looks so easy!

    thank you for posting this!!!

  • daer0n

    June 7, 2009 |

    Those are super cool, i am always re-constructing stuff to make them into new things as well, funny enough, last night as i was going through a directory of sewing and crafty blogs, i found some handmade necklaces that were made out of fabric, and they looked awesome, as well as a really cool scarf that i plan on making, i plan on making them all! i love them so much.

    I’ll share the links of my findings if you want to check them out too:

    Recylced T-shirt Necklace

    Ruffle Necklace Tutorial

    Ribbon and Pearl Necklace Tutorial

    Anthropologiefied Flower Necklace in 2 ways

    Upgraded Scarves

    Keep the DYI’s coming {love them}, you’re rocking those t-shirt necklaces!

  • Summer

    June 7, 2009 |

    Super cute Maegan!!!

  • freeteyme

    June 7, 2009 |

    Funky! and you were rocking those sweats with your heels!

  • kelse

    June 7, 2009 |

    wow, what a great idea. you look amazing xx

  • K.Line

    June 7, 2009 |

    You are like a designer meets crafter. Awesome combo. I’m so impressed with your talent M. Really.

  • Kristin

    June 7, 2009 |

    I’m digging them on your arms!


    June 7, 2009 |

    This is awesome! I can’t wait for my next Fashion Roundup!

  • riennahera

    June 7, 2009 |

    this actually is amazing!

  • Elizabeth Marie

    June 7, 2009 |

    How fun! And a DIY I think I could actually not completely jack up.

    “old ass tank top” I die.

  • Lily G.

    June 7, 2009 |

    Wow, your DIYs are amazing!! You are so talented miss!!

  • aleica

    June 8, 2009 |

    i’m loving it


  • Tess

    June 8, 2009 |

    what a sweet idea! collar is awesome!

  • Style Porn

    June 8, 2009 |

    Another fab idea! And just because someone may have done it before doesn’t mean you didn’t think of it on your own. Great minds think alike, after all!

  • Girl Japan

    June 8, 2009 |

    I had to laugh at your disclaimer, I sometimes feel weary when I write like “oh shit, did I hear or read that somewhere”!

    You however luv…. are a DIY talented woman to be reckoned with.

  • Tara Gibson

    June 8, 2009 |

    you are such a fashionista! love it!

  • Maegan

    June 8, 2009 |

    two things . . .

    1. it’s clear that I am a freak

    2. my husband HATES these pants. I LOVE THEM. I got them in black too. and I ALMOST wore them to work the other day …but decided against it.

  • Keith

    June 8, 2009 |

    That looks really cool Great idea. Hope you had a nice weekend.

  • Savvy Mode SG

    June 8, 2009 |

    what a great idea. i love it.

  • garage.glamour.

    June 8, 2009 |

    that is beyond coool

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    June 8, 2009 |

    The arms pic reminds me of a wrestler my guy friends used to watch – the ultimate warrior, I think? Nevertheless, he was very stylish.

  • Anonymous

    June 8, 2009 |

    kirsten and valerie on did a tutorial similar…picture is nearly halfway down the page

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    June 8, 2009 |
  • Carlotta

    June 8, 2009 |

    this is so easy & cool!! I’ll do it I’ve tons of old tees tnx for sharing!!

  • Amy

    June 8, 2009 |

    Maegan, you so clever! Loving the way you work it for the camera and the blog in general. Thinking i am gunna pick up some serious style tips here xxx

  • McGlone Bunch

    June 8, 2009 |

    Wicked…just wicked…where do you come up with all these ideas??? I mean really beautiful and smart plus talented and caring…c’mon you gotta have “a” flaw 🙂
    Loving all your stuff and you.

  • michellehendra

    June 8, 2009 |

    whoa! this is so creative!
    i’m lovin it! i think i’m gonna try it myself! and see how it’ll turn out later!!!

    thanks thanks thankss.. 🙂

  • trinsch

    June 8, 2009 |

    this is the coolest! simple and yet so awesome 🙂

    you should post your styles on

  • Lili

    June 8, 2009 |

    Awesome idea! I will try it for sure.

  • amber {daisy chain}

    June 8, 2009 |

    SO crafty, I love it!

  • Julia

    June 8, 2009 |

    Fan-flipping-tastic, babe!

  • TheBeautyFile

    June 8, 2009 |

    ok, LOVE! I am going to start a DIY …love, Maegan folder for when I need to be crafty!

  • Chris

    June 8, 2009 |

    What an awesome idea! I have a ton of old t-shirts just begging to be sliced up 🙂

  • Miss Eve

    June 8, 2009 |

    Not my style but these posts are fabulous 🙂 Love them!

  • Lauren From Texas

    June 8, 2009 |

    I am always excited to learn a new way to cut up a Tshirt. haha. some girls and I get together for “Craft Night” – we drink and craft. haha! I will have to suggest this idea – we’re having one this friday!

  • Roanne @ All the Vanity

    June 8, 2009 |

    Omigosh, this is sooo cool! I really love rehashing things, as it also keeps your planet green. I know, I know it’s cheesy and mushy, but that’s the way I put it as a “green planet” advocate. 😉

    I always wanted to deconstruct my old tees. Aside from using them as “pambahays” (Tagalog slang which means clothes used only at home), now I think I know what to do. 😉

  • Iva

    June 8, 2009 |

    I really LOVE those pants! and I mean LOVE. I have a similar pair (although def not as cool) and my husband is so not a fan of them either….but my mom hates them even more. HA, is what I say to that!

    as for the DIY, were do you come up with this stuff?! Ah if only I could be so creative!

  • Couture Carrie

    June 8, 2009 |

    Fantastic, darling! I love this idea! And of course, your new profile pic is fabulous!


  • misslikey

    June 8, 2009 |

    great idea….and so simple.Loving it

  • Suzanne

    June 8, 2009 |

    how creative! that’s openminded thinking ;). love it!

  • The Socialite

    June 8, 2009 |

    Love this thank you! 🙂

  • Maegan

    June 8, 2009 |

    ANON: I only see their Zipper Fringe necklace …..not a t-shirt fringe necklace. …Last October I made a regular fringe necklace out of actual fringe …all three are different. Thanks though. I’ll keep looking but I didn’t find it.

  • Hanako66

    June 8, 2009 |

    dude, I am LOVING your tutorials.

    this one is so fun!

  • Dutch donut girl

    June 8, 2009 |

    Very trendy!

  • Cathy Voyage

    June 8, 2009 |

    Great idea!

  • ticklishfromadistance

    June 8, 2009 |

    Love this idea. Love it. I am getting going on some for my girls.

  • B-More BAP

    June 8, 2009 |

    Hawt! I loves it!

  • Diabolina Da Fashionista

    June 9, 2009 |

    you=da bomb!

  • Underfunded Heiress

    June 9, 2009 |

    Your so crafty! Cool fringe!

  • Joy

    June 9, 2009 |

    very innovative! crafty and creative!

  • Annie

    June 9, 2009 |

    Ooh ooh ooh! Supremely awesome idea!!!

  • stylewithbenefits

    June 9, 2009 |

    Wow, love this! I’ll always be a fan of fringe and this is a great DIY!

    xo, Becs

  • steph

    June 9, 2009 |

    OMG you are so creative! That look fabulous! Now I’m going to figure out what shirts I can shred to get the same look…I may even sneak in Ryan’s drawer! Lol.

  • stacy di

    June 9, 2009 |

    really really cute. love it, and haven’t seen one like it before!

  • Chessa!

    June 10, 2009 |

    you clever thing.

  • nat.jane.

    June 10, 2009 |

    summer check list:
    DIY frinnge necklace

    .. this is brilliant!

  • Lucy (The Fashion Setter)

    June 11, 2009 |

    Very nice idea!
    Lucy =)

  • Lucy (The Fashion Setter)

    June 11, 2009 |

    Very nice idea!
    Lucy =)

  • Alain-Christian

    June 12, 2009 |

    LOL in the last picture you have a might big bulge in your pants hahahaha!

  • DianaCirne

    June 13, 2009 |

    I loveeeee this one!!! thank you for sharing this creative idea!!!

  • heela

    June 15, 2009 |

    i always thought of making chokers from sweatshirt collars i’ve been my head they would be embroidered and shit, but hey, they’re still lying around in some closet…
    thanx for the idea

  • Gracie

    June 17, 2009 |

    Lady, you are ingenious.

    Love Grace

  • livininoilcountry

    July 4, 2009 |

    Hi Megan, I just found your blog and I can’t tell you how happy I was when I did! Your blog is brilliant and inspiring. Not to mention the author is pretty too =D
    I’m putting you on my blogroll =D
    love, Ragil

  • Jen Ell

    July 7, 2009 |

    This is awesome…I have been experimenting and made some variations of my own.

  • Kathryn

    July 12, 2009 |

    This is awesome! I made version using a few beads on mine – will be fun to wear when going out dancing sometime. Thanks for the tutorial and sharing all of your awesome ideas.

  • Kapaali

    July 24, 2009 |

    I just made one of these and it is really cool. I used a never-worn olive t-shirt. Once it was done, I paired it with a deep purple silk scarf with long fringe and they look great together. This is, without a doubt, one of best diy t-shirt surgeries I’ve come across. I’m so glad I found your blog!

  • Christina Dee

    July 27, 2009 |

    new reader; and totally obsessed.
    thank you fashion gods.

    christina dee

  • Alain-Christian

    July 29, 2009 |

    It looks like she has a huge boner!

  • The Beading Gem

    August 28, 2009 |

    This has got to be the fastest DIY necklace tutorial for the most awesome urban chic I have ever come across! Will link from my blog.


    September 5, 2009 |

    Hey Maegan!

    I just stumbled across your blog today – you have great style and such amazing DIY projects…looking forward to visiting your blog regularly…hope you have a happy, safe and fun weekend 🙂

  • Tarabell150

    May 9, 2010 |

    I made this today! Can you say easy. fun. cute. I used the same shirt to make a scarf, headband, and this necklace. I actually went to Goodwill and found a nice men’s size medium black top, brought it home, and my guy stole it and gave me one of his shirts. If I would have only known I had shirts in his closet to do this with, it sure would have saved me a trip :o) Thanks for the DIY, I love them all! Next is the army green military shirt, just got the dyes and cut up the shirt!

  • Jessica

    February 16, 2011 |

    I just made this with an old turquoise t shirt- turned out super cool! I also made some of the ‘parton’ earrings- which also turned out really good! Fun ideas that gave me a reason to go through all my old tickle trunk junk on a snowy day in alberta xo

  • law templates

    October 29, 2011 |

    Cool! I just started wearing a halter-neck top I have with fringes like that 🙂

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