How to make T-shirt yarn


t-shirt yarn ball

Do you have old t-shirts! Don't throw them away! Repurpose them!

Learn how to transform old t-shirts into yarn that can be used to crochet, knit, weave or braid.

Watch this video and learn how to make t-shirt yarn (also known as T-yarn).

Click the image below to watch the video in Youtube.


What you will need:

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors


  • Tee shirt should not have any side seams.
  • If tee shirt has printing, only use the unprinted portion


Cutting the t-shirt for t-shirt yarn

Start by placing the tee shirt on a flat surface, cut off the sleeves (or if printed below the printing) and the cut off the hem.

You now have a tube. Fold the tube in half leaving the top fold sticking out about one inch.


Cutting the t-shirt strips for t-shirt yarn

Start cutting strips, do not cut though the top fold. You can mark the strip width with a chalk pencil or eye-ball it. The width of the strips will determine the thickness of the yarn. The strip widths are normally one to two inches. The minimum width should be about ½”.

T-shirt yarn

After all the strips are cut, it should look like this.


Cutting the t-shirt continuous strip for t-shirt yarn

Open the shirt so the uncut strip is visible with the cut strips fanned out on the sides.

To make one continuous strip, with scissor cut diagonally from the top of the first slit to the left side of the fabric. Then cut from the top of the second slit to the bottom of the first slit. Continue until you have it all cut.


Now that you have a continuous strip of yarn, beginning at one end of the strip and stretch between your hands. The fabric will magically curl on itself.

Roll the t-yarn into a ball and it is ready to use.


Want to learn how to join two pieces of t-shirt yarn together. We have videos with two methods

METHOD #1 - NO SEW METHOD - Click the image below to watch the video in Youtube.

METHOD #2 - JOINING WITH A FEW STITCHES - Click the image below to watch the video in Youtube.

See below for supplies and books for t-shirt yarn:

See info on Affiliate links below.

img Jersey Yarn Creations
This book has 20 projects to crochet or knit using jersey yarn, also known as T-shirt, fabric and textile yarn, is a chunky, stretchy yarn made from strips of jersey fabric. by Alexandre Callier-Taylor - Paperback - Published 2015 Affiliate Link to Amazon
img Making Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn
How to Create Fabulous Fabric Accessories by Lorine Mason - Paperback - Published 2013 Affiliate Link to Amazon
img T-Shirt Yarn
This book gives 24 great projects to crochet and knit using t-shirt yarn. by Sandra Dr Lebrun - Paperback - Published 2014 Affiliate Link to Amazon
img Scissors and Rotary Cutters
Scissors, rotary cutters and sharpeners. Affiliate Link to Sold at Annie's Catalog
img Sewing Scissors
A huge selection of sewing scissors are available at Affiliate Link to Sold at

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