it started while i was cruisin' around on Pinterest (you can follow me here!) and found this sweet little thing (although somehow, i can't find it again so i hunted this picture down on Etsy).
i've always wanted to learn how to tie celtic-ish style knots and this one was super cute so i started searching around for a tutorial and found this one. she used long crochet chains but i don't crochet. so i figured, why not UPCYCLE something? one of my best friends lost 55lbs last year and she gave me all of her clothes (yay for free fabric, eh?!) that no longer fit. perfect for this!
|what you'll need:|
old tshirts - any color, combo (could also use fabric, rope, yarn, etc.)
cutting mat & rotary cutter (plain 'ol scissors would work just fine too)
glue gun & glue
music (i always work better when i can sing while i work) :)
|start by cutting your shirt just under the arms|
(you could also start at the bottom - cutting off the band and starting there)
|cut two 1" strips|
(i chose to use different colors so you can follow along better, but one color is cute too)
|stretch your strips (if using tshirt/jersey material)|
just grab and pull tightly
|ready to go!|
|pretend this is rotated to the right... or twist your head to the left so the loop is at the top|
make sure the right side is laying OVER the left side with the loop at the top
|again with the pretending...|
lay your second strip on top of the first with the ends at the top
|put the right side of the SECOND piece UNDER the right side of the FIRST piece|
you with me on that? i'll wait...
|ok. the LEFT side of the second piece goes UNDER the loop of the first|
good, you're doing great!
|a little tricky here...|
the RIGHT side of the SECOND piece goes OVER the loop of the first, passing UNDER the left side of the second and then over the other side of the loop.
|and now you're pretty much done with the knot part!|
well done, friends!
not to just tighten things up a bit...
pull on each end GENTLY
|getting closer... keep pulling gently...|
|THERE! DONE! :)|
|for the ties, i cut two 1x3" pieces & two 1x10" pieces|
|use your glue gun and squish some out on the ends...|
|place one of the 1x10" pieces on top|
|turn it over and squish out some more glue|
|wrap one of the 1x3" pieces around to hide the ends|
|repeat on the other side|
easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
|now you can adore it on your child (or on yourself)|
|LOTS of different variations for this!!|
i made these for my girls for the 4th of July (yay for planning ahead!)
|my niece is just a little bitty thing so i made one for her using a single strand (instead of the double that a loop of tshirt makes) and it came out perfectly petite for her!|
|once you get the knot part down, these happen so quickly so i made a bunch!|
there's a blue/green/white one in there that was a tripe strand that i love!
and there you have it! a sewing tutorial, hold the sewing. ;)
hope you love it and enjoy it! if you make some and don't mind sharing, please leave me a link on my blog so i can see your creativity with a basic tute!