How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

once again, my family will be celebrating a handmade christmas this year. i plan to do many things with t-shirt yarn.
you could make all sorts of things with t-shirt yarn! maybe make a scarf, or knit a blanket, or oh, i don’t know, maybe a crazy awesome t-shirt yarn necklace? it’s up to you of course.

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  1. says

    I found this on Reddit just as I was starting to make rugs of old t-shirt strips. Now I can have longer t-shirt strips with much less effort than what I was planning…

    Luckily, I’d only cut off sleeves at that point. Crocheted t-shirt rugs, here I come!

  2. says

    What about using the graphic too, would that work? I imagine it might require removing the sleeves and then sewing up the seam. What are your thoughts?

    • says

      I’ve used the entire tee, including the graphic, to crochet rugs. The result is usually good IF the graphic isn’t solid or put down too thickly on the tee shirts. If it’s just lettering or if the tee shirt has been worn and washed a number of times, you may find the results perfectly acceptable. If the graphic is large or thick, Ollieswife is correct that it can be lumpy and bumpy.

  3. Pam, Va. says

    I love this, I have already made 6 balls of this from old t shirts and Im working knitting a beanie hat for my teen age son. he loves jersy material and loves the look of the hat already. Thanks for the lesson.

  4. Connie says

    I just saw this and have some teen age granddaughters with no or little money. What a great idea for them to do something fun on Thanksgiving. Thanks

  5. says

    I’m working on an oval area rug made with alternating white & green tees. Now I really do have the itch to dig it out & work on it some more!! (It’s crocheted, by the way, just a very basic stitch with a huge hook.)

  6. says

    Hi Bailey, what a neat idea. I would never have thought of doing that with my old t-shirts. I shall remember that for the future as we now have some really gorgeous colours, instead of the old boring white. I have recently found your blog and will follow more often. Please pop on over and visit mine and perhaps you would like to follow me also. I would like that. Hugs, Chris

  7. says

    Step 5, the crucial key to a continous strip! I have tried to understand instructions for making bias tape, I couldn’t picture or understand the diagonal cut until seeing your photo.
    Thanks a million!

  8. says

    That is such a fab idea! Now I know what will be happening to alot of the olt tshirst I have stashed under my bed!!
    New follower!

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