Written by Kate Curry
Do you have any t-shirts that you want to repurpose, but you can’t donate them? Making t-shirt yarn is a great option for us eco-friendly crafters to reuse clothing that is either not good enough (or maybe a little too embarrassing) to donate!
T-shirts of any size, shape, or color
You will get different yardage depending on the size and type of t-shirt that you’re repurposing.
When you first cut your t-shirt, the strands will be flat like our ribbon yarn. To make the strands more round like traditional yarn, stretch your stands and you will see the flat ribbons become nice and round.
Let’s Get Going!
Step One: Lay your t-shirt flat and snip off the bottom hem.
Step Two: Cut the top of your shirt off, cutting from armpit to armpit.
Step Three: Laying the square flat, cut 1 inch strips from one side, but not cutting all the way to the other edge.
Step Four: Once all the strips are cut, make a diagonal cut on the first strip, continuing to make diagonal cuts as you go along. This creates the continuous strips.
Step Five: Stretch your yarn (if that’s what you want!) and ball that bad boy for your next project.
T-shirt yarn is great for tons of projects, like baskets, rugs, cleaning supplies, and more!