How to Make Yarn Out of Old T-shirts
Those T-shirts that you no longer use can be transformed into yarn to crochet anything from baskets to mats, or whatever your creativity decides upon. The problem is how to get a continuous piece of yarn without having to tie pieces of fabric together along the way.
5-Minute Crafts will show you how to easily accomplish this. And at the end of the article, you’ll find a special bonus just for you.
✅ Old T-shirts or those you’re ready to part with (the best fabric options are cotton or Lycra)
✅ Ruler (optional)
Start by cutting the sleeves and bottom hem of the T-shirt.
Save these pieces because they may come in handy for a future project.
Use the piece of fabric left in the middle. This is where you’ll get the yarn from.
Fold the rectangle on the side of the hems, leaving 0.8 in (2 cm) free on one of the edges.
Start cutting the fabric into strips of 0.6 in (1.5 cm) to 0.8 in (2 cm) wide (approximately the same width as your finger).
Carefully cut each strip until you reach the edge that’s free. If you want to be neat and tidy, then you can use a ruler.
Hold the fabric up and open it.
Slide your arm under the fabric so that you can better see the slits you’ll need to make.
Cut diagonal slits only along the upper layer.
Once all the slits have been cut apart, you just have to roll the fabric into a ball, pulling slightly from the slit.
Done! You’ve now got the material to start knitting whatever you want.
Bonus: Plant hangers using T-shirt yarn
Learn how to make them by watching this video.