Over 45 T-shirt Yarn Projects

What is T-shirt yarn anyway?!

This fun and versatile yarn made from old T-shirts is perfect for those of us here at

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I am fairly new to the T-shirt yarn craze; sometimes motherhood gets in the way of keeping up with new trends. I also just learned that T-shirt yarn is also called T-yarn. Makes sense.

For those of you like me, T-shirt yarn is just what the name implies; yarn made from old T-shirts! 

Just take those out-grown or raggy T-shirts, or buy some t-shirts really cheap at the thrift store, and cut them up!

I just learned it is even possible to purchase ready-made T-shirt yarn online and at your local fabric and crafting shops!! Check out places to buy T-shirt yarn!

If you go the DIY route, there are specific directions for how to cut the T-shirts up, and we have a great link to show you how to make T-shirt yarn.

On this page, we are going to give you some great craft ideas using this funky yarn!

If you want to know what to make with T-shirt yarn, there is a wide variety of projects that you can find here.

Some of the projects involve T-shirt yarn crochet, knitting, knotting, finger knitting and weaving. We have something for everyone!

First and foremost, we will definitely show you how to make T-shirt yarn.

And then let the projects begin!


  • Kitchen accessories - potholders, placemats, iron skillet handle covers, dishcloths, reusable duster cover, and bowls.....
  • Home decor - baskets, rugs, bath mats, rag rugs, hanging herb garden baskets, and coasters....
  • Clothing and accessories - baby bibs, headbands, hats, totes, hand bags, and  wheelchair/walker bags....
  • Create Jewelry- bracelets, bangles, carnation pins, and necklaces....
  • Weave with it
  • Pet Toys- cat ball toys complete with herbs, tough and sturdy dog tug ropes, and pet beds... 
  • Toys - American Doll infinity scarf and more

Take a look below, and you are sure to be surprised with all of the free craft ideas to create with T-shirt yarn!

Over 45 T-shirt Yarn Projects

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Ball Toy for Cat

Crochet toy balls for your cat using t shirt yarn with this free pattern. Toma Creations


Restyle some bangles by wrapping t-shirt yarn around them. Learn how with these free instructions. Sustain My Craft Habit


A great way to use t-shirt yarn is to make storage baskets for throughout the home. Here is a free crochet basket pattern. Nadzeya Blog

Basket and Placemat Set

This textured basket and placemat use the garter stitch and t-shirt yarn. Knitz N Purlz


A free pattern for a t-shirt yarn bathmat rug. My Recycled Bags


T-shirt yarn isn’t just for totes, you can knit adorable baby bibs with it. Here is a free tutorial. Petite Purl at Web Archive

Braided Rug

Braided Rug

Braided rugs are a nice farmhouse style to a home. Learn how to make a braided rug yourself with old tee shirts. My Poppet Makes

Braided T-shirt Keychain

Upcycle t-shirt into a braided keychain with this free tutorial. Crafts by Amanda


Making t-shirt yarn carnations are quite simple with this tutorial. The Little Tresures

Circular T-Shirt Rug

No crochet hook needed. This t-shirt rug is finger crocheted. Sustain My Craft Habit

Crochet T-Shirt Yarn Potholder

A beginner's crochet pattern that even tween and teens can make. Teach them how to make t-shirt yarn and crochet a potholder. Vickie Howell

Diagonal T-Shirt Yarn Baby Bib

A cute bib using tee shirt yarn. My Recycled Bags

DIY Headband

DIY Headband

Simple, stylish, and sustainable. Grab an old t-shirt and get to upcycling with this easy peasy DIY fashion craft. Craftsy Hacks

Doll Infinity Scarf

Doll Infinity Scarf

How to make a doll infinity scarf from t-shirt yarn for 18" doll. This is a super quick and easy project.

Duster Cover

It's easy to dust your home if you use the reusable duster make from t-shirt yarn. With this free pattern, knit a duster cover for your swiffer. Verdigris Knits


Recycled your old tee-shirts into a cute handbag with this free pattern. My Recycled Bags

Hanging Herb Garden Baskets

With this free crochet pattern create a hanging herb garden. You'll need t-shirt yarn, crochet hook, mason jars, dowel and hooks. Heart Hook Home

Hanging Planter Holder

An easy knotted t-shirt hanging plant holder. All you need is 10 minutes, an old tee, and a pair of scissors for an instant and unique hanging planter! Craft Foxes


Crochet a comfortable bucket hat with t-shirt yarn using this free pattern. My Recycled Bags

Jellyfish Dog Toy

A DIY t-shirt dog toy that is soooo simple to make. Sew Historically

Jersey Necklace

A tee shirt is cut into strips, stretched and braided to make this necklace. I Still Love You

Nesting Baskets

Nesting Baskets

Use purchased or make your own t-shirt yarn to make colorful beautiful baskets that stack together. My Poppet Makes


With a simple cardboard loom, you can weave placemats using t-shirt yarn. Want to know how? Go to this blogger's page. Creative Jewish Mom

Rag Rugs

Rag Rugs

This t-shirt rag rug project is a great one to start with when using homemade t-yarn. It has a rustic look. My Poppet Makes

Shaggy Bag

This shaggy bag can be crocheted with t-shirt yarn. Craft Passion

Simple Bag

Instructions for making a simple t-shirt yarn bag. By nellbacala at Instructables

Simple Macrame Wall Hanging

A macrame idea for beginners! Instead of traditional macrame cord, this wall hanging is made with jersey fabric or you could use t-shirt yarn. Brit + Co

Storage Baskets

This free pattern will show how to crochet rectangular storage baskets with t-shirt yarn. Sustain My Craft Habit

T-Shirt Bracelet

Even an old t-shirt can be upscaled into attractive bracelets with this free bracelet pattern. Make ideal grown-up friendship bracelets. Hello Glow

T-Shirt Friendship Bracelet

T-Shirt Friendship Bracelet

This free friendship bracelet uses bangle bracelets and strips of t-shirt material to make this beautiful wearable craft instead of embroidery thread. Upcycle those old t-shirts. Crafts by Amanda

T-Shirt Rag Rug

A Piece of Rainbow will show how to create a beautiful circular t-shirt rag rug with this tutorial. A Piece of Rainbow

T-Shirt Rag Rug Tutorial

Weave a Boho t-shirt rag rug with an easy DIY loom. A Piece of Rainbow

T-Shirt Yarn Braided Coasters

Upcycle t-shirt into unique coasters. Carolyn's Homework

T-Shirt Yarn Crochet Bowl

Perfect centerpiece for your table. This free bowl pattern can be made with any type of t-shirt yarn - homemade or purchased. BHooked

T-shirt Yarn Frisbee

To make a crocheted t-shirt yarn frisbee that can fly, you only need to know some basic crochet stitches. Allison Dey

T-Shirt Yarn Heart Purse

This sweetheart purse was made with 2 pieces of flat heart-shaped motifs sewn together, and each heart-shaped piece is made up of just 9 rounds. Gwenstella Made

T-shirt Yarn Knotted Necklace

A super quick easy necklace can be made with t-shirt yarn using these free instructions. Sugar Bee Crafts

T-Shirt Yarn Necklace - How to Make

T-Shirt Yarn Necklace - How to Make

A t-shirt yarn necklace is a great project for kids, tweens, teens and adults. It is SUPER QUICK and SUPER EASY and SUPER FUN .

T-Shirt Yarn Rug

A rug project crocheted with a couple of old t-shirts. My Recycled Bags

T-Shirt Yarn Rug

Yes, you can make a rug on a knitting loom. Here is a tutorial on how to upcycle t-shirts into a rug. Muslin and Merlot

T-Shirt Yarn Tote

Here is a free tote bag pattern to make with t-shirt yarn. Hands Occupied

T-Yarn Pot Handle Cover

With this free pattern and t-shirt yarn, create a cover for the handle of cast iron skillet or other pot. My Recycled Bags

Trivet Hot Pad

Free t-yarn motif hot pad crochet pattern. My Recycled Bags

Upcycled Curtain Tie Backs

Repurpose items! How to make curtain tie backs by upcycling materials around the house including tee shirt curtain tie backs and jeans tie backs. Our Daily Craft

Wheelchair / Walker Tote Bag

Wheelchair and walker users need some sort of bag for carrying personal items. Here is a free crochet pattern for a bag. Make some and donate to senior centers and facilities. My Recycled Bags

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