Friday, June 29, 2012
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?