T-shirt yarn Tutorial

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

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

After making the yarn, do you need project ideas on what to make with the t-shirt yarn? The yarn can be used for many home decor and other projects, including rugs, placemats, coasters, necklaces and more. Our T-shirt Yarn Crafts page has a list of many free craft projects.

Watch this video and read on for a photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to make t-shirt yarn which is also known as T-yarn.

Click to watch the T-shirt yarn Tutorial video in Youtube.

t-shirt yarn ball


What you will need:


  • Tee shirt should not have any side seams.
  • If tee shirt has printing, only use the unprinted portion.
  • To cut the t-shirt yarn, use a sharp fabric scissor.


Cutting the t-shirt for t-shirt yarn- Preparing T-shirt Start by placing the tee shirt on a flat surface, cut off the sleeves or if the t-shirt has a printed logo, cut below the printing. Then, cut off the hem. Place the sleeves and hem aside to use for another purpose.

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 - Cutting Strips Start cutting strips but 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”.
After all the strips are cut, it should look like the following picture.
T-shirt yarn - Strips Cut


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


After the t-shirt yarn is all cut and curled, roll the t-yarn into a ball.

It's ready to use. Have fun making a project!

You may want to join two pieces of t=shirt yarn together. The following videos will show two methods for joining yarn together.


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.

Want more ideas for using t-shirt yarn? Below are some books from affiliates which may be interest you.

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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


Making Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn

How to Create Fabulous Fabric Accessories by Lorine Mason - Paperback - Published 2013 Affiliate Link to Amazon


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


T-Shirt Yarn Home Decor

Fill your home with comforting accessories that are as soft as your favorite t-shirt! It’s easy and quick with the 11 crochet projects in T-Shirt Yarn Home Décor from Leisure Arts. Affiliate Link to Leisure Arts

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