The only nice thing about winter AFTER the holidays is I actually have time to craft and do things around the house that get put off all Spring, Summer, and Fall and during the holidays.
I’ve been collecting and gathering t-shirts for awhile thinking I was going to make T-Shirt yarn LONG before now. But (awesomely) I have continued to be busy with crochet orders.
But here it is! At long last!
I LOVE making T-shirt yarn. Not only because it’s super easy but I save money, get to create a unique look, and am sustainable with old clothes.
I usually use old, worn, or stained shirts that can’t be donated to Goodwill, and that they would just throw away. This way I can re purpose a shirt that would otherwise just go to a landfill. (I do the same with torn jeans too)
I also love making T-shirt yarn because it creates a really unique look for scarves, blankets, and rugs. Not to mention if you’re short on cash and still want to create a knit or crochet item you can without having to go out and buy yarn.
Step 1: Cut off the top end of the shirt, right under the sleeves.
Alternative Step 1 (What I do): Cut off the collar of the shirt. Then, cut the sleeves off in one section. I then make strips from the sleeves (from one end to the next) and tie them all together. I then take that and tie it to the start of the strips from the body of the T-shirt once I have cut it all up and stretched it out. This ensures I use 90% of the t-shirt and not just 50%. If you crochet or knit with this yarn you will see the knots here and there. I personally like a more rustic look and I want to be as sustainable as possible in using a majority of the T-shirt.
Step 3: Make a diagonal cut at the top of the first strip. Continue making diagonal cuts from one row to the next, until you reach the bottom.
Step 4: Stretch your yarn out in sections. This rolls the fabric, to create a “yarn” look!
Step 5: Roll your T-Shirt Yarn into a ball, and crochet or knit away!!!