How to make t-shirt yarn

T-shirt yarn is a fabulous choice for crocheting or knitting containers and tubs for around the house, handbags, gadget cases, or slippers. However, it can be quite expensive to buy, so why not have a go at making it?

As featured in the Mollie Makes newsletter this month, Meredith Crawford (@sheepishknit) gives us the low-down on how to make t-shirt yarn – so you can make this Hoooked Zpagetti bag without spending a penny (other than on the handle, should you wish to buy one).
You will need:

  • scissors
  • a t-shirt without seams on the sides.

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.

how to make t shirt yarn
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.

make Hoooked yarn from a tshirt
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.

cutting yarn for a t-shirt
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.make t-shirt yarn with mollie makes
Step 5 Keep pulling until it is all tube-shaped. Roll the t-shirt yarn into a ball and get knitting!

This tutorial was originally featured in issue 21 of Gathered by Mollie Makes (available on iTunes) and you can view the full tutorial with all instructional images here. Why not follow @MollieMakes, @sheepishknit (Meredith), and even me, @twit_brit (me) on Twitter?

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