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.
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What you will need:
- Tee shirt should not have any side seams.
- If the tee shirt has printing, only use the unprinted portion.
- To cut the t-shirt yarn, use sharp fabric scissors.
STEP 1: 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.
STEP 2: CUTTING STRIPS
Start cutting strips but do not cut through 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.
STEP 3: MAKING ONE CONTINUOUS STRIP
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.
STEP 4: CURL AND ROLL
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.
STEP 5: WRAP YARN INTO BALL
After the t-shirt yarn is all cut and curled, roll the t-yarn into a ball.
The t-shirt yarn is ready to use. This yarn can be used as you would any other yarn in crochet and knitting projects. Have fun making a project with your t-shirt yarn!
Continue reading to find out how to join two pieces of yarn together!
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.
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