Upcycled T-Shirt Earrings
These pom-pom earrings are the perfect way to upcycle your old or ill fitting T-Shirts into something new and quirky. As I have mentioned multiple times, I am absolutely obsessed with wild earrings, and these fit the bill. They are super easy to make and can be made with any old clothing or scrap fabric that has a little stretch to the material.
Disclaimer: I love Sibling Revelry Brewing Company, and it pains me to cut this shirt up. However, I failed to read the wash instructions and it become toddler sized.
- Old T-Shirt
- Fabric Scissors
- Earring Hooks
- Craft/Jewelry Chain
Essentially what you will be doing with the T-Shirt is creating long fabric strips, so cut the shirt vertically rather than horizontally. I cut 1/4th of the shirt off and had plenty of material. As for the width of the strips, I cut mine approximately as wide as my index finger. You don't want the strips to be too thin because the material can easily rip.
I cut 4 strips total.
Set two of the strips to the side for the other earring and tie the other two into a knot, creating a long ribbon of fabric. Pull the knot as tight as possible without ripping the material. You want the knot to be as small and unnoticiable as possible.
At this point you will also want to cut two smaller strips of fabric from the T-Shirt approximately 2-3 inches long.
Tightly wrap the long fabric strip around three fingers. Slip one finger out and use one of the little piece of fabric you cut to tie a knot in the center of the wrapped fabric.
You should now have something that looks like the photo above.
Next, you'll want to cut in the center of all the loops on both sides so that your earring has a pom-pom appearance. You will likely have longer and shorter pieces sticking out, just trim away until it looks how you want.
Repeat the steps for the second earring pom-pom. I had to shape mine quite a bit to get them to look round and even, just mess around with them until you are happy.
The chain I used has larger links, but you can use whatever chain you like best. Keep in mind that if the chain links are smaller you will need to use jump rings to connect the pom-poms and earring hooks to the chain.
I removed 4 links from the chain by opening one link with a set of pliers. You can make these earrings as long or as short as you would like.
Take the already open link and attach it to one of the pom-poms by linking it around the center piece of fabric you used to tie the pom-pom together. Close the chain link. On the opposite end, open the chain link using your pliers and attach your earring hook. Close the chain link.
Repeat steps for the second earring.