braided belt from t-shirt

This is a belt that used to be a t-shirt. I made it using a 7-strand braid. This is the tutorial I watched to learn how to create the 7-strand braid. The site is called Princess Piggies and there are TONS of hair ideas there. You could spend hours. I thought it might be easier for me to try on t-shirt strands before I attempted it on on my daughter’s hair. Start by cutting a t-shirt into strips.

cut up t-shirt

Next stack seven strips on top of each other and sew the ends together.

sew strands together

sewed together

In the video I watched, she was braiding her daughter’s hair, and she started by putting it into a ponytail. In order for me to get a similar affect, I clipped the t-shirt strands onto my shoelace so that it would stay in place. That worked pretty well.

clip to shoelace

Spread out the seven strands of t-shirt. Start with the piece on the far left and weave it over and under each of the other strands, so that it ends up on the right side of the braid.

strand from left ends up on right

Next, use the strand just to the left of the one you just wove. (So, starting from the left, it’s the 6th strand. Weave it over and under each of the strands to the left until it is on the left side of the braid.

braid to left

Then do the same thing with the strand just to the right of the one that had just been woven. (So starting from the left, it is the second strand.) Do this until you have finished the braid.

just keep braiding

Once you’ve finished the braid, sew the ends together so they don’t unravel.

sew ends together

The braid makes the front of the belt. To make the back, simply sew t-shirt strips onto each end of the braid.

sew on ends

Then tie to braid around your waist. I tied it in a bow, but you could just tie a knot, too. This was a good way to teach myself how to do the 7-strand braid. I hope I can make it work on real hair next time!

braided belt from t-shirt

braided belt from t-shirt

tie belt in back

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13 Responses to Braided T-Shirt Belt Tutorial

  1. JoAnn says:

    Great Idea! I love upcycled t shirts. thanks for sharing yours. Check out my idea!
    JoAnn
    sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

  2. Cute! I love how simple this is yet it looks great. :)

    Also, totally random but I love your shoes haha. very cute :)

  3. Q @ JAQS says:

    What a great idea. Love how something so simple makes an outfit pop :)

    Love for you to share it at my Linky Party :) -
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/03/made-by-me-22-linky-party-and-features.html

  4. This looks FABULOUS!! Great idea and great tutorial. Thanks for linking up this week :)

  5. This is so much fun.

    So simple yet so pretty!

    Great job!

    ~Abbie

  6. What a great way to utilize an old shirt lying around! I love the look!
    I hope you’ll share at my “Unveil Your Genius” Link Party!
    http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/03/unveil-your-genius-link-party_15.html

    Happy Weekend!

  7. Okay, I knew before I even opened this link up to whom it belonged. You are so stinkin’ talented! I LOVE it! ALL of your projects are so great! Come over and hang out at my house and help me learn to make this stuff! :)

  8. Sarah says:

    WOW…I love this! Come share, please!, at my link party – going on now!!! http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/03/dwell-on-friday-eight.html

  9. Christine says:

    This is awesome! I need to make one of these to go with my spring outfits. Thanks for sharing

    Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

  10. Great idea! Love this tutorial. Thanks for linking up to Cutesy Monday!

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

  11. I love it! What a fun idea! Thanks so much for linking up! :)
    ~Nat

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