Wednesday, May 6, 2009

T-shirt Yarn

What fun! In the process of cleaning the "studio" I found several bags and a big bin of old t-shirts being saved for t-shirt quilts. I remembered seeing Arlette's tutorial for how to make yarn out of t-shirts. So I started cutting.

Since all of the t-shirts had printed images we wanted to save, I only cut the bottom portion of the shirts into yarn. I used an old June Tailor Short Cut ruler to quickly cut 1" strips. Use Arlette's instructions to make a continuous strip. I've used this technique before to make yarn out of plastic grocery bags.

When you stretch the strip, it rolls onto itself. Julia took a break from homework to pull some yarn for me. She said she could do that all day! Roll into balls and start knitting or crocheting.

I decided a tote bag would be useful, since one can never have too many tote bags! The yarn is not easy to work with, and a blister is forming on my thumb. But it's worth it. I have this great new stash of yarn from something I would have thrown away. Now what to do with the sleeves?

Have a crafty day!

P.S. Don't you love my grandmother's enamel table I unearthed in the studio?

1 comment:

Rachel said...

I don't know if you have little children around but the sleeves can make fun baby hats!