Friday, August 13, 2010

Carol- DIY T-Yarn



Hello! I'm Carol from That is Charming & I am so honored to have been asked to write a post for Lindsay's blog party! If you are a reader of my blog you know that I love crocheting. Any crocheter or knitter will tell you that they can't get enough of yarn. I love anything that can be used for yarn. One cheap way is T-shirt yarn! You can usually buy t-shirts really cheap at thrift stores. At my local thrift store I can get a bag full of t-shirts for $3! Do you know how much "yarn" I can get for $3!? Today I am going to show you how to use old t-shirts to make your own yarn also known as t-yarn.


Supplies needed:

-old clean jersey t-shirt

-sharp scissors

-skittles for snacking on while you make your t-shirt yarn :)


1. First off you need to cut the hem off the bottom of your shirt.



2. Starting anywhere at the bottom make a slanted cut. This will be the beginning of your yarn.


3. Start cutting a half inch to one inch strip. You will be cutting one long continuous strip. Continue cutting until you reach the very bottom of the arm holes. When you reach the arm holes go ahead and cut the strip off the rest of the shirt.


You will have a pile of one flat strip of t-shirt.


4. To make your strip look like yarn, you will tug firmly but not too strongly that it breaks. It will roll up onto itself forming your yarn.



5. Once you have tugged on all the yarn, you can roll your yarn up into a ball and start crocheting, knitting or whatever you please with your new yarn!


There are numerous ways to use your new yarn! Here are a couple examples of how I like to use mine.

This is a simple crocheted catch-all bowl. These can be used on a counter or nightstand to hold your small items like a cell phone, jewelry, or change.


If you don't knit or crochet, you could still use the yarn to make these stylish t-shirt yarn necklace/scarves. I love these necklaces to dress up a very casual outfit!


It really is simple! I would love to see your yarns and what you make with them! If you need any help, you can ask in the comments and I will try to answer any questions you may have! Thank you for reading and thank you Lindsay for the opportunity to share this fun tutorial!

-Carol

29 comments:

  1. Okay so I have seen t-shirt to yarn tutorials before but this one is the best! Thank you. I love the skittles part...my fav!


    http://simplyloverly.blogspot.com

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  2. I've always wanted to know how to make t-shirt yarn! Thanks for sharing such a fun and simple way to do it! The skittles part was so cute! :)

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  3. thank you carol, i was wondering how to do this! i want to make a small area rug :)

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  4. Very awesome tut! :)
    Can't wait to start cut'n up tees!

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  5. bravo carol!! you made t-shirt yarn FUN! when it is so tedious! love it!! <3

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  6. That is so great! I really love that necklace, too! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  7. Cute idea Carol! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Oh my gosh, Carol, I love you! This is such a great tutorial and I love that you included candy. hehe Great post!!! I love it!

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  9. yay Carol!! I am so excited to try this!!!
    If I have questions, Im going to skype you ok??
    love you friend.
    xo
    janel

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  10. I cant wait to try this out! =)

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  11. I JUST blogged about how much I want to try this to make square cloths for cleaning! Great timing!

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  12. What a great idea! My friend is giving me a box of her old clothes. I'm sure there will be some T-shirts in there. :D

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  13. thank you thank you thank you... I've been wanting to make a necklace like that last photo, but was struggling with what to use... brilliant!

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  14. wow i can't wait to try this! i definitely don't have the crochet skills to make that bowl but i definitely think i could one of the necklaces, i'm going to try!!

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  15. I wish I had the skills to make that bowl! But I want to try this. How neat!

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  16. This is great! Fun material to work with.
    Have you seen these:

    http://willswools.blogspot.com/2010/08/zpagetti-coloretti-geweldige-nieuwe.html

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  17. Never knew about we can use the old shirts for yarn, this is neat, thank you for sharing!

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  18. Very cool! I think I will make some of this out of my son's old T shirts!

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  19. Sweet idea! Thanks for the tutorial - this gives me tons of inspiration.

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  20. Love that! I've knitted and made rugs with t-shirts as my yarn and they turn out so cool!

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  21. Great idea! I've looked at that t-shirt yarn but never thought to make it. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. This is great! I am going to do this and crochet a rug out of it!

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  23. I LOVE THIS
    its fantastic
    Thanks so much for sharing dear
    xoxo
    bB

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  24. Great idea! I've used strips of t-shirt to bandage a wound, but never thought about using it for yarn. Thanks for the great idea and the great tutorial. Rebecca (visiting from Trendy Tree creative share)

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  25. not sure how I missed this DIY during the blog party..but just saw it from your blog page I was looking at your craft room.. This is such a great way of making something interesting instead of using regular yarn.

    Just wish I could crochet! lol

    Love the bowl you made out of the t-shirt yarn, just adorable.

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  26. Such a great way to recycle! Knitting Daily did a Knitting TV episode on this--I think last May--and had some really cool ideas for t-shirt yarn, fabric made into "yarn", even denim from old blue jeans made into "yarn". I'm recycling my sons' too-small blue jeans and intend to combine the denim with old t-shirts to make a bath mat for their bathroom. Stop by and visit me some time!

    www.zibelineknits.blogspot.com

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  27. I would have never thought of doing this with old t-shirts. That's where your husband/partners old clothes end up is it? ha-ha. Better than using old stuff as a cleaning cloth or something. You are obviously a very creative person, with a lot of original ideas.

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