How to make t-shirt yarn for knitting or crochet

Making T-shirt yarn is a fun option to repurpose T-shirts you might have stopped wearing because of stains, sizing issues, or not liking them anymore.

The yarn can be used for a variety of home decor and other projects, including bags, rugs, bathmats, and coasters.

Shirts that don’t have side seams make the smoothest yarn, and you’ll also want to skip the parts of shirts that have logos on them.

To create T- shirt yarn you need:

  • Pair of scissors
  • T-shirt without seams

How to make a t shirt yarn

Step 1

Lay your t-shirt out on a work surface. Cut a horizontal line directly under the sleeves. Also cut off the hem on the bottom of the shirt. You only need the middle section for this project. Discard the top and bottom pieces.

Step 2

Fold one side of the t-shirt towards to the other, leaving a 1 inch space at the top. Cut into strips (1 inches thick) – do not cut the space at the top.

Step 3

Unfold the t-shirt so you can see the separate strips. Following the photo, begin cutting the strips diagonally across. Starting at the first strip, cut diagonally to the second strip. Repeat across.

Step 4

Now that you have a single strip of t-shirt yarn, pull it through your hands to create the tube shape. This enables the edges to curl.

Step 5

Keep pulling until it is all tube-shaped. Roll the t-shirt yarn into a ball and get crafting.


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