Crafts Part 2: T-Shirt Yarn

I was browsing craft gawker (which btw is addictive) and found a post on making a headband out of a t-shirt. I started looking around and found a few tutorials on how to make t-shirt yarn and other projects to make with them including coasters, rugs, a placemat, a necklace and other headbands. Also you can crochet with t-shirt yarn! I don’t know how to crochet, but I would love to learn and then be able to have free recycled yarn!!

By now you may be wanting to try your hand at t-shirt yarn, so onto a tutorial!

What you will need:

  • A t-shirt that has little or no graphics (above the arm pits is ok) and that doesn’t have seams up the sides.
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A pencil or pen to mark on the t-shirt
First lay your t-shirt flat and then cut of the bottom seam and at the arm pits.
Second fold the t-shirt leaving an inch not doubled at the top.
Next, mark out 1-inch sections and cut strips, but (THIS IS CRUCIAL) don not cut the top 1-inch that is not doubled over.
Once you have cut all the strips open up the t-shirt and have the uncut section on top.

Now you are going to cut the t-shirt so that it makes one long continuous piece of yarn. Do this by cutting diagonally from strip to strip. It is easier to start with the bottom of the first strip and cut to the top of the second. Just don’t cut straight across, well you can but you will end up with shorter lengths of t-shirt yarn. Also don’t worry about it if the cuts are straight or if they have little bumps in them because it won’t matter in the end!

Last step! Now that you have one long continuous piece of t-shirt you simply pull on the fabric and it will curl up to make the t-shirt yarn! I couldn’t pull the fabric and take a picture at the same time, but you can see the part that I have pulled and what I still need to pull.

You end up with a pretty good length of t-shirt yarn to work with!

As I said at the beginning of the post there are a lot of different things you can do with this now, which is really great! Plus you could say this is a “green” craft that is recycling something that you already have! Here are a few of the things that I have made with t-shirts and t-shirt yarn.

I think this is a craft that anyone can do because who doesn’t have an old t-shirt laying around and a pair of scissors?! I hope you give this one a try!!

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  1. Love craft gawker…and those cloth roses are so popular right now! Great post!

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