We had so much fun turning our old t-shirts into bags that we decided to sit down with the kids and get them involved in their own clothing up-cycling project, creating headbands and bracelets from t-shirt yarn.
Craft projects are a great way to get kids off the sofa and into a creative mind-set, and you don’t have to plan anything too messy or expensive as long as you can think outside the box and find inspiration at home.
These bracelets and headbands are a great way to “get rid” of those old (blackcurrant squash stained) favourite t-shirts they’ve grown out of but refuse to throw away! With just a pair of scissors, and some adult supervision of course, they made their own unique bracelets and headbands to show off to their friends.
You will need
- An old t-shirt
- Fabric scissors
How to make t-shirt yarn
1. Take an old t-shirt and using fabric scissors cut off the hem at the bottom. Then cut from underneath one armpit to the other one, removing the top of your t-shirt. Your t-shirt will now be in a tube shape.
2. Hold your t-shirt so that the edges are aligned and then cut from the seam of one side to roughly an inch away from the other side. This will make a big fringe effect.
3. Open up the t-shirt so that you can see where the material joins and then one link at a time cut at an angle from one joint in the fabric to the next, this will make it into one long piece of yarn. You can now roll this into a ball until you are ready to use it.
How to make bracelets and headbands
1. To make these simple festival inspired bracelets and headbands first cut three pieces of t-shirt yarn. Using different colours looks great in this.
2. Tie a knot in the end of the yarn and then plait the three pieces together, tying a knot at the other end when you are finished.
3. To make bracelets wrap these around your wrist and then tie the ends together and for a headband simply tie it around your head securing the ends together round the back of your head.
Have anything you think you can up-cycle in your own wardrobe or around the home? Share your ideas below. You never know, you could inspire someone to take on their own crafting project!
About Crafts on Sea
Kate Williams is a blogger and stay at home mum to two small but spirited superheroes. She writes the crafts and family lifestyle blog Crafts on Sea where she shares fun but achievable craft ideas for children and grown ups, free colouring pages and parenting advice as a mum who’s been there too.