Recycle Tutorial – Making Of T-Shirt Yarn

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Another tutorial to help save our Mother Earth by turning unwanted items into something useful. This is the yarn ball I made out of an old T-shirt which I have been wearing for 10 years day-in day-out, wash-in wash-out. It finally broke down and tore at the collar and sleeves. Waste not, want not, I decided to recycle it.

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I have finished making the drawstring bag as shown above. Please click here to have a look and you can download the simple pattern I created.
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  5. In this video im going to show you how to make a new style of your old unused Shirts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITGu7wNQAwM

  6. That looks great! Did you make that bag with only 1 t-shirt?!? How long was the strand/weight? thanks!

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  8. Loved the tutorial showing how to make t-shirt strips. It was all going well until I reached the diagonal cut bit. I cut across from strip 1 to strip 2, but it didn’t work for me. I suspect I have folded the fabric incorrectly. Please can you help?!

  9. Can you please include photos of how to cut the slant cut? With lines drawn in red as to how you want me to cut it. It is very difficult to understand what you mean by making a slant cut between Strip 1 & 2. Which one is Strip 1 & which one is Strip 2 etc? Sorry if these seem like dumb questions, but I really want to make this as it is cost effective & saves more junk in the landfill.

  10. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the updated photo.

  11. The new picture makes it so much easier to see what you did. Now I understand. Thanks so much for doing this so quickly. You are wonderful.

  12. This is a great tutorial! I was searching for this and stumbled across your wonderful blog. I love it! I was wondering- how would you ménage a T-shirt with side seams? Most of mine are and I still want to recycle them. I tried this technique without the 1 inch part and now have a few 1 yard strings to attach to one another. I saw how you attached two cords in another tutorial, is that what you would do with T shirt strings too? Thank you !!!! I love this recycling and crafty spirit so much:))

    • Thank you, Milena. The T-shirt yarn is best done with no side seams. That joining method is not very strong provided you crochet or sew the Tarn, otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend to have so many joins in a long length of yarn.

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  13. Thanks for this wonderful idea! Is there a good way to connect several t-shirts? I utilize crocheting too and can do a color change, but is there a less bulky way to change color or add additional strands of t-shirt? Also do you have a popular crochet pattern that you use?

    • For chunky yarn like T-shirt yarn, it is close to impossible to join ends that can hide away. I think the best way to reduce the “bump” is by sewing the ends together instead of making a big knot. Hope this help.

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  14. How do you have a t shirt without any side seams? I’ve never seen one of them before. Also, would it be fine if I did it with a t shirt with side seams, or would it ruin it?
    The tutorial was awesome and I can’t wait to try it!

    • There are T-shirts without side seam in the market but not very common in some country.
      The seaming lines cannot be stretched, if you are making T-shirt yarn with T-shirt that has side seam, you will have bumps along the way (just like you are joining yarn with a knot).

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  16. Bada$$! This is so awesome. I was worried that there would be some kind of sewing involved (I can’t sew but I can cut, knit, and crochet). I absolutely have to try this with my husband’s old t-shirts.

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  18. This is amazing. Now I have something to do with that bag of old t-shirts. Have you tried making a blanket or anything else?

  19. I went to Goodwill and found many t-shirts in beautiful colors for very little money! Now how is that for recycling!! I’m making the purses for my grand daughters for Christmas.

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  22. I think the video would of helped explain the continuous cut but it isn’t there any longer. Any help would be appreciated. :o)

  23. Have you (or anyone here in the comments) washed a finished t-shirt yarn rug in the washer? Did it work out ok?

  24. Thanks for the tutorial! Very simple to follow :)

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