One of my best friends came to stay with us over the weekend and she showed up with a fun little craft project for us to do together. She showed me how to make t-shirt yarn and then how to finger weave a necklace! It was very simple and the possibilities of what you can do with the t-shirt yarn is endless. I can't wait to think up more t-shirt yarn projects.
First things first. You need be a little bit picky about what kind of t-shirt you choose to cut up to make your yarn. You want to make sure that your t-shirt DOESN'T have a seam up the sides (running from the armpit to the bottom of the shirt). You also want to avoid having a printed logo/picture on your shirt. Both of these will leave your yarn lumpy and uneven.
AVOID T-SHIRTS WITH SIDE SEAMS AND LOGOS/PHOTOS/WORDING ON THE FRONT
Now that you have picked out a suitable t-shirt for your yarn, lay it flat and cut off the bottom seam and the top portion, right under the armpits. Discard the top and bottom portions. You will not use these.
Fold what is left of the t-shirt in half but leave about an inch hanging over as in picture below:
Now cut your shirt into about 1 inch strips, STOP cutting right after the first edge.
You will not cut all the way through the shirt. See picture below on where to stop cutting. Cuts don't need to be perfect so don't stress about it.
Now unfold your strips and start to open up the end of the shirt where it is still connect. Cut diagonally from the end of one cut to the other. Follow where I have marked the arrows in the picture.
When you are done you should have a long strip of t-shirt that looks like this:
Starting with one end, pull the strip through your hand and give it a little stretch. This will cause the edges of the shirt to curl in, making a rounder, stringy yarn.
Be sure to wind your yarn into a ball and you're ready to use it!
You can absolutely crochet with your t-shirt yarn, but check the blog tomorrow for a tutorial on how to make this finger weave necklace! No crochet skills needed :)