Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Making T-Shirt Yarn Tutorial

Dear Bloggery,

I'm going to teach you something today. When I'm low on funds, I like to create my own yarn out of repurposed materials. We'll use once loved t-shirts for this tutorial.

old t-shirts, washed first
scissors or rotary cutter
straight pins
sewing machine or needle and thread

Step 1: Cut the t-shirts straight across body at underams so you're left with a large rectangle.
Save the top portion of the tee for future scrap fabric.

Step 2: Cut the rectangle into strips around 1/2"-1" wide.
*warning: there will be a lot of t-shirt lint

Step 3: Once all of your strips have been cut, lay them end to end, overlapping 1/4" and pin.

Step 4: Sew all of the strips together. Using a sewing machine saves a lot of time!

Step 5: Place your newly sewn strips into a pillow case, knot the case closed and then run through the washer and dryer on your normal cycle. This step gets rid of all the extra lint.

Step 6: Roll your new yarn into a ball.

Step 7: Begin knitting.


  1. My girls will want to try that tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

  2. you could also just cut up the body of the tshirt in a spiral, to save yourself that pesky sewing step! cool project idea!