What can you do with a pair of scissors and an old t-shirt, besides making some washrags?
You can make a textile necklace.
I own an infinity scarf similar to this — made of loops of stretched jersey fabric — that I paid an embarrassing amount of money for. In all honesty, all you need is the equipment listed above.
I used an old babydoll t-shirt with a sparkly print of a robot on it (I know, I’m awesome) — I rarely wore it because the shirt was decorated with a cascade of nuts and bolts (I guess to go with the robot?), and too many people were asking if the bolts/screws were penises littering my shirt. NOOOOO. Shirt, you are retired.
A lot of people who make items like this swear by rotary cutters. I do have one, but I found that I didn’t have the control I needed to make straight lines — so I just used a pair of scissors. Works just as well.
I sliced up the sides of the shirt to cut out the seams, and cut off the sleeves and collar so I was left just with the jersey fabric of the torso.
Then all you do is cut in strips — a little less than an inch wide — and pull at the ends so the fabric stretches and curls in on itself, making a little tube.
Then assemble it any way you like! (This is easier if you don’t have a kitten trying to steal your material.)
My strands were a little on the short side, so I doubled them up by knotting two together at the ends with square knots. Then I tried to uncurl the loose ends of the knot to make a tiny little bow shape.
After I’d made a bunch of doubled strands with square knots in the middle, I joined the loose ends together and secured them by wrapping and then knotting another strand around them. (The strands weren’t all of equal length, which is why the bow shapes are a bit staggered and there are a few hanging strands coming over my left shoulder here.)
But look! It can be worn long, as above, or doubled up around my neck as a kind of scarf/neckwarmer:
Hooray! I feel almost clever for knowing how to do this now. Almost makes up for purchasing something eerily similar at a chain store last season. Le sigh.