Making Of T Shirt Yarn

t shirt yarn

T Shirt Yarn

Recycle Tutorial

Tools & Materials:
1. T shirts (those without side-seam)
2. A pair of sharp scissors

t shirt yarnPlace the T shirt flat on the floor or working table.

t shirt yarnWe only need the bottom-halve portion of the T shirt. Cut horizontally from sleeve to sleeve as shown above. Cut away the end border of the T shirt too. This useful” portion must be plain and free from printing, embroidery and any joints or seams. Any motifs will be too hard for the T shirt to turn into tubular yarn.

t shirt yarnFold the T shirt from side to side, leaving an inch allowance as shown.

t shirt yarnCut into strips as shown, remember not to cut the 1 inch allowance. Leave it there as we are going to use this to form a continuous strip.
The width of the strip will determine the thickness of your yarn, but the minimum is 15mm, anything less than this, the process will fail. The width shown here is 15mm.

t shirt yarnFinish cutting the T shirt from top to bottom evenly.

t shirt yarnUnfold the 1 inch allowance and it will look as shown below.
The red lines are the cutting lines to be explained below.

t shirt yarnThe next process is to make a slant cut from strip 1 to strip 2, strip 2 to strip 3 and so on in order to create a continuous strip for the whole T shirt. Please refer above picture for the slant cut.

t shirt yarnI purposely leave the first strip uncut until I have finished all. No catch, just my preference to show you better how the slanting looks like.

t shirt yarnNow, I have a loooooooong strip of continuous T shirt yarn waiting for the next process.

t shirt yarnNext is to turn the strip into a tubular yarn. All you need to do is tug the strip as shown below. Rememeber I told you that the minimum width of the strip is 15mm? The secret is…. if you have anything narrower than this, it will break once you pull.

t shirt yarnSee, the strip will curl and form a tubular shape after the tug. This process will lengthen the yarn too, which is good, so you have more yarn to work on your project.
….tug….
….tug….
….tug….

t shirt yarnThe strip has now turned into tubular yarn, from Fettuccine to Spaghetti ***wink***. You can roll your yarn into ball and it is ready for your next project.
HAPPY YARNING!!!

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

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

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

  6. It’s such a great idea and I really want to try it. I have so many t-shirts that I no longer wear and would love to use them up in this way. However, every single one is seamed at the sides, so they’re no good for this! Aaagghhh!!!

  7. Hi Craft Passion! Wonderful tutorial for making this t-shirt yarn. It reminds me of making seam binding. I a similar method to cut my fabric. I was wondering if you think this idea would work for the making of fabric strips. 1.take a piece of fabric & fold it in 1/2 side seams together. 2. sew the side seams together to make a tube. 3. cut up to the 1 inch allowance and then do the diagonal cuts.
    How I did this before was square up my fabric & cut it. Then mark off the width I wanted in strips. Next I numbered the strips on one side and then on the other side, but offset the numbers by one. Now I fold the fabric matching the 1’s, 2’s etc. The bad part is that it becomes a twisty tube. So… it works great otherwise. You end up with a REALLY long strip for seam binding etc. Thanks for listening & reply when you can. Thanks! :) Michelle

  8. I just tried this with and old jersey knit flat sheet in a Full size. I did sew the 2 short sides together to make a tube, like the shirt, and did everything else the same as your instructions. With it being a Full size, my seams are only every 3 yards or so. I dont think I will have any problem working with this! Thanks so much for the instructions!

    • Thank you, Brenda, for the alternative instead of cutting the T-shirt. I have a few yards of cotton knit and have been planning to do a bigger roll of T-shirt yarn for a new project.

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  9. How do you get rid of all the linty balls? When I did this there was a lot of cotton lint which stick to whatever shirt or sweater you wear the scarf with knitted from the tshirt yarn? Did anyone else have this issue?

  10. Fabulous tutorial! I just cut up one t-shirt and will now do more! The instructions were clear but it probably helps that I have cut many milk bags to crochet into “milk bag mats”. The process of cutting into one long continuous strip is the same. Thanks!

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  12. Love it :) Thank you sooo much!!!

  13. thanks for this information.

  14. Hi, I made yarn with my jogging and I made a new slippers! I love it! I would like to use link on your article in my blog where I show the slippers. Can I have your permission to talk about this page for make a yarn and add a link? Thank you!

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  16. Hi… this awesome information, i love it easy to try…..

  17. This is great idea – wonderful structure, and useful.

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  19. this is very interesting.

  20. Thanks so much for the tutorial that makes sense! I have read about five tutorials about this but none of them made sense. Yours explains it perfectly!

  21. A rotary cutter and a metal ruler are much easier on your hands than scissors. Lots quicker, also.

  22. It’s a great reycle idea. I always feel sad that I can’t use old T-shirt for any diy prject cuz it’s stretched while the color’s still good.

  23. Thank you! I have so many old Shirts here, now I have something to do 😀

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