Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Recycled Yarns: Part 2 - How to make yarn out of T-SHIRTS

Don't forget to read Recycled Yarns: Part 1 - How to make PLARN and Part 3 - How to make yarn out of JEANS

Welcome to Part 2 of my 3 part series! Today I will show you have to make yarn out of t-shirts.

(I want to apologize in advance about the picture quality. I did part of this in the morning and finished at night. There was not enough light in some pictures.)

1) First, find an extra large shirt. The larger the shirt, the more yarn you can make (I found XXXL shirts from the thrift store).

2) Cut the top half of the shirt, from armpit to armpit.

3) Cut the hem off the bottom of the shirt.

You will now have a large rectangular piece of fabric.

4) Fold the rectangle in half, lengthwise.

5) Fold the fabric again, lengthwise.

6) When you fold the shirt, make sure you have an inch of shirt extra, This part of the shirt will not be cut. You don't see the extra inch in this picture, but you will see it in the next couple.

7) Start cutting 1 inch sections from top to bottom, making sure that inch of extra shirt doesn't get cut. I think this is easier to do with sharp scissors. I had a difficult time cutting the amount of shirt with the rotary cutter.

 I cut about 13 pieces of 1-inch strips.

This is how it looks like opened up.

8) Put the shirt on your arm, so that the 1-inch strip is visible.
You'll need to cut diagonally as shown in the picture below, so that you will have a continuous strip of t-shirt.

9) Roll the shirt into a ball, making sure you stretch the strip. 1-inch cuts will make rather thick t-shirt yarn. Next time I will try to cut a little smaller that 1-inch cuts. If you make them too small, the yarn will rip.

And there you have it! Yarn made out of t-shirt.

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  1. I love this! I have just started playing with t-shirts. Check out my latest project with them!

    Amanda* :)

  2. This is soo cool! Who would've thought about making yarn with T-Shirts? Thanks a bunch for sharing this at the Show Off Blog party. We look forward to seeing you again!

    1. Thanks, I will definitely share more :)



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