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How To Make T Shirt Yarn

how to make tshirt yarnMake T Shirt Yarn, it’s a sturdy and forgiving yarn for knitting, crocheting and weaving projects.

T shirt yarn is one of my favorite things to work with. It not only feels great to the touch, it feels great to reuse :-) I’m currently on a mission to rid all the men in my life of their old / pitted undershirts and turn them into a round laundry room or bathroom rug. The ball of yarn shown to the left is from only one t shirt.

* This works for t shirts without side seams. if you are using t shirts with side seams cut the front and back in a spiral like featured below for the extra pieces.

Step 1. Lay the t shirt out on a flat surface. I actually like working on the floor for this. Smooth out the wrinkles so when you cut, you can easily cut straight. Cut a straight line across right under the pits, and cut off the bottom seam.

Step 2. Now fold the middle part you cut off in half so the sides of the shirt are touching each other. With the sides of the shirt facing towards the bottom and the middle crease towards the top cut strips just under an inch leaving about an inch at the top uncut.

Step 3. Unfold the shirt and separate the sides. Cut diagonally from right side of strip one on the bottom to the right side of strip 2 on the top. Continue cutting through the whole shirt like that and you will get one continuous long strip.

*Tip – The first time I tried this I cut through both sides of the shirt when I cut the diagonals and shirt fell apart in a bunch of rings. REMEMBER TO SEPARATE THE SIDES! :-)

Step 4. PULL! Haha, just grab bits and pull it so it stretching into a roll. It will double in size at least! That’s about it. Just roll into a ball and use for whatever project you like!

To attach the ends – overlay the ends (I crop mine straight first) then stitch them together with about 10-12 stitches. A simple back stitch works great for this.

Want to use ALL of the fabric? cut around the flat pieces in a spiral about an inch thick, and you’ll be able to pull it to yarn in the same way. If you are turning a corner and it’s too sharp I try and round the corner by cutting off a little extra fabric to make a smoother curve. After a few tries I found that when the edge was too sharp, when I pulled it broke easily.

I’ll post more soon on the fun stuff I make with the t shirt yarn soon.

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