DIY Beaded Jersey Necklace Tutorial

I recently came across designer Maria Lau. She makes awesome necklaces out of jersey T-shirts. Although, £375 for the one seen below is a bit pricey, as that would be $613 American dollars at today's exchange rate. Like I've said before, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so here's my go at making this beauty ourselves for less than $10!

D.I.Y. Beaded Jersey Necklace
By, Living and Loving In L.A.

First, the inspiration:£375.00 Available at Kibiri Dot Co Dot UK.

1 Lobster Clasp
1 Metal Split Ring
1 Old Grey T-shirt (you don't mind cutting up)
2 Strands of 4mm Square Hematite Beads to total 24")
36" of Beading String (I used a lightweight tiger tail, you could also use elastic cord)
4 Crimp Beads
Flat-nose Pliers
Ruler & Marker (optional)

Step 1:
Cut the sleeves and sides off of the T-shirt.
Step 2:
Cut 1" strips that extend from the hem to the shoulder. Make sure all strips are equally the same width (1") and length (as long as the hem to shoulder). I had 22 strips when I was done cutting, you may end up with more or less depending on the size of your shirt.
Step 3:
Separate your strips into piles. Cut two wide strips from the center of the shirt, shorter than the others and at least three inches wide. You will use these to tie off the ends around the clasps.
Step 4:
String the beads.
Step 5:
Using a crimp bead, crimp the ends of the beaded string so that the beads won't fall off.
Step 6:
Then, on one side, thread another crimp bead onto the string, and loop the string around your lobster clasp, then put the string back through the crimp bead, pulling tight to secure the lobster clasp to the end of the beads. Close the crimps with a flat-nose pliers. The other end is tied off with a crimp bead, but that's it for now, we will put the split ring on later.
Step 7:
Wrap all strips of fabric around the lobster clasp, and use one of your wide strips of T-shirt to tie the ends off. I tied at least three knots on each side, pulling tight each time to secure the ends around the clasp. Do not cut the ends yet.
Step 8:
Tape the wide strips to a table, to provide stability for braiding. You could also shut the ends in a drawer, or have a friend hold the end for you.
Step 9:
Separate the strips in half, and using the beads as the third piece, braid until you run out of T-shirt.
Step 10:
Make any necessary adjustments to the beads. Mine were about three inches too long, so I adjusted them as necessary. Next, attach the split ring as you did the lobster clasp, by first tying off the loose end of the beads with a crimp bead, and then threading another crimp bead onto the string and looping the end around the split ring. Put the end of the string through the crimp bead, pull tight and clamp with a flat-nose pliers.
Step 11:
Cut off the excess T-shirt strips straight across as seen in picture. Tie the wide strips around the ends securely and cut off excess.Step 12:
Admire your finished product!


  1. very nice... i saw a nantucket rope bracelet in another website which looks like this but it's made of rope. i like this a lot better because the material is soft. i'll try to make a bracelet. wish me luck!

  2. I wish I would have seen this post earlier and started on it sooner lol. As always love the DIYs, thanks again for the award, I will post it tomorrow, I've been crazy busy, but again thank you.

    you are so goood!
    im buying those beady things nonoww!!

  4. This project looks like it would also make a great belt, which all of the kids are wearing today.

  5. Not bad.

    Personally, I could never wear one of these because my neck is too short and fat.

  6. That is going to be PERFECT with a new top I bought that I might get one wear out of before the summer is up...

    Have I told you yet today that you're amazing??

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