Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DIY: knot-tee-cal

...Because nothing says summer like a nautical knot (and hot sunny days, and coconut water, and many other things indeed).

I will most likely wear this pretty blue "knot-tee" with my coral & plumbing fitting necklace...
This white rope was "allocated" for another job, but things don't always go the way you'd like... 
I couldn't stand the idea of that pretty white cotton rope that didn't make it onto my grey shirt, and since I'm fascinated about these nautical knots, I decided I would give it a shot. 
If you like knots and would like to learn to make some, this is your guy, virtually, at least.
I thought about making my knot tutorial, but why bother to make something bad when youtube is a mine full of gems? 

Some youtube browsing later, I decided that my daily challenge would be the triangle celtic knot... I ended up being successful, so why not making another one!
After the knots are done, everything else is a real piece of cake:
* pin your triangles in place 
* sew them onto your t-shirt. 
If you sew along the twisting of the rope (sewing stitches that looks like...: ///) your stitches will be completely invisible. Easy peasy.

Since I used 5 ft of rope for each knot, I had quite a bit leftover.

* I ended up sewing around the neck opening of my shirt 
* twisting together on one side
* wrapping the end of the ropes with thread to prevent unravelling

* for the back, I just wrapped the two ends together right in the middle
* Knot-tical bravo!


Like it? make it yourself!!
--> all you need:
* t-shirt with a scoop neck
* 10 ft cotton rope
* white thread and needle
* scissors
* including measuring, knotting, re-dos ...about 1 hour at the very very most

xox, d. 

keep in touch! 


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yours is super-cute! I'd totally seen the hems with zippers project and meant to look at it, but hadn't yet... it's super-cute and I love your shoes!

  2. Thanks! (these platforms are my favorite sandals!)

  3. Oh this is super duper cool!! I've added your project to my post on http://greenissuessingapore.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-recycled-top-with-nautical-style.html

  4. How creative! love the epaulets. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Hugs!

  5. :) thanks Agy and thanks Katherine, i'm about to sneak peak into your blogs ;)

  6. Oh my gosh - I love love love this.

  7. Love this! I am seeing many hours spent browsing knots in my future...

  8. Love the shoulders! Very cute and very summery.

  9. Oh my goodness, you are incredible! So glad I found your blog!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  10. I'm so happy you like it!
    btw... i'm going nut about knots.. :)

  11. I love the knots! It came out really good. www.mylifeunzipped.blogspot.com

  12. Such a cute idea! I would love to feature this on my blog, Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!


  13. can i just say WOW... this is totally gorgeous! my friend jennie just sent me this link! so glad she did! totally going on my "to make" list!

    ~selina {sis#1}

  14. Love this idea :) Come on over and link up to MMM!


  15. I don't wear too many belts but your nautical style may just change my mind .)

    Thanks for such great tutes!


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