Wake and Whimsy

Make Your Own Yarn

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I don’t know about you but I have SERIOUS spring fever this year like never before. I love to knit, but lately I’m feeling like I need a break from all this bulky yarn that just reminds me of winter. It’s time for a change of pace!

If you’re feeling the same way, simply follow this tutorial and make your own t-shirt yarn! All you need is an old t-shirt that you aren’t planning to wear again. If you don’t have any lying around, just head to the thrift store and purchase one for a couple bucks. I personally have plenty that I don’t wear anymore, so why not make them useful and turn them into something we all can’t get enough of?

Here are the step by step directions:

Lay your t-shirt flat, and cut it across right under the arms, or under the logo if there is one. Then cut the hem off on the bottom.

Lay your t-shirt flat, and cut it across right under the arms, or under the logo if there is one. Then cut the hem off on the bottom.

Turn the shirt so that it is vertical instead of horizontal.

Turn the shirt so that it is vertical instead of horizontal.

Now fold the shirt towards the top TWO times. Leave about a once inch margin at the top.

Now fold the shirt towards the top TWO times. Leave about a one inch margin at the top.

It will look like this after it is folded. This is a side view.

It will look like this after it is folded. This is a side view.

Now you are going to cut about 1 inch wide pieces all the way across, but do not cut the margin you left at the top.

Keeping the shirt folded, you are going to cut about 1 inch wide pieces all the way across, but do NOT cut the margin you left at the top.

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Next, you will unfold the shirt, find the margin that isn't cut, and make sure it is laying flat. Now you will cut diagonally from strip to strip as shown.

Next, you will unfold the shirt, find the margin that isn’t cut, and make sure it is laying flat. Now you will cut diagonally from strip to strip as shown.

You should now have one single, long strand of the t-shirt material.

You should now have one single, long strand of the t-shirt material.

Lastly, just take small sections and gently stretch them. Do this throughout the entire thing. This is what turns it into yarn!

Lastly, just take small sections and gently stretch them. Do this throughout the entire thing. This is what turns it into yarn!

And that’s it! So, what will you make with your t-shirt yarn? I’m thinking a cute headband or summer scarf. I can’t wait to try it out!

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3 thoughts on “Make Your Own Yarn

  1. me gustan todos los tutoriales, muchas gracias sigan dandonos mas y mas

  2. I did the same thing in early fall and then made my t-shirt yarn into a really fun crocheted rug that I put in my kitchen. I love how the tye dye yarn is so cheerful and depending on how many shirts you cut up you can really plan the colors well in larger projects. Nice tutorial!

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