Friday, June 29, 2012

T-shirt Yarn

My family's cotton t-shirts are no longer safe from my scissors & me.  I've discovered how much I enjoy cutting t-shirts up and converting them into "yarn."

If you are into crocheting or braiding and are interested in upcycling t-shirts, then I've got 2 great links to share with you.

If you're not into this stuff but have some t-shirts you want be rid of,  I'd be happy to relieve you of them.  The brighter and more obnoxious the color, the better.  I've got a project in mind that needs more shirts than Jin & the boys are willing to let me chop up... 

I've been kicking myself over the many 100% cotton t-shirts I tossed over the years.  All those corporate event t-shirts in loud colors that I hid so Jin wouldn't actually wear them.  T-shirts from races.  T-shirts from school.  Just about everything donated to textile recycling.

And then I stumbled across this awesome tutorial that showed me how to convert most of a t-shirt into one long "yarn" strand.

First cut was the hardest.  I worried I'd botch the cutting and ruin a perfectly good t-shirt.

Turned out to be easy & really fun.  My cutting was a little crooked, but this became less noticeable after I stretched the fabric & the sides curled up.

This cotton "yarn" is the perfect stuff to work with on a hot summer day.

The question became - what to make with my new yarn?  Not interested in making potholders.  Had enough with baskets for the moment.  Something quick... something functional...

Found the perfect project - converting t-shirts into 5-strand braided headbands.

I ended up making myself 3 headbands.  Super comfortable.  Perfect for keeping my hair off my face in the summer heat.

Note - if you make a headband for yourself, be sure to heed the instructions & make it quite snug.  The fabric will stretch out  and you won't want the headband sliding off too easily.

Now that I have a feel for this new "yarn," I'm ready to make lots more of it and crochet myself a ... ?  Care to guess what I have in mind?  Or perhaps make a suggestion?


  1. Very cool!! Neat idea and it looks great!

  2. I am loving this idea. And I'm really into headbands now with my hair so short (hence hard to put up) and the crazy heat.

    1. You should try out the 5-strand braided headband. It's actually really easy once you get going. Be sure to make your headband snug enough. Mine stretched out a lot. Still super comfortable, but slides off too easily.

  3. Hah! I see those R4K shirts. ;)

    1. Yup... guilty... at least now we know one way we can use all those t-shirts next year (do you ever have extras when the race is over?)