Making T-shirt Yarn

t-yarn_signI’ve been playing with t-shirt yarn.  I needed to take a craft to the family reunion and  I thought about making bracelets.

I wanted to make them of something soft and durable.  When I read about t-shirt yarn  I was sold on the idea immediately.  It had such alluring qualities; washable, soft and…free! (I have saved a lot of my family’s old t’s, though until now I thought it was just for cleaning cloths.)

lucet xcu

As you can see I had everyone make a cute little craft stick double lucet and weave  bracelets out of t-shirt yarn on them.  (Anklets too. :)

All you need for each double ( or single) lucet is: 6 craft sticks and 5 rubber bands and then just put it all together like the picture. To use it as a single lucet, turn the horizontal sticks sideways so they are flat  and wrap yarn around both sticks on  each side.

Here are some easy  lucet techniques to try;

–A short video of how to braid on a double lucet can be found here.

–Single lucet technique video.

–Finger lucet video. (Start about 1:20 into video for instruction.)

And here is a DIY knitting spool I found on Pinterest.

This was a great family activity and worked for children ages 8 and up, easily. (And kept everybody busy for quite a while, yay.)

tyarn-balls

When I was kid I made a rag rug out nylon cloth strips and in the more recent past I’ve used an enormous crochet hook to make cotton rag rugs. They were great.  Although I didn’t love all the time it took to tear up the cloth into strips and join it all together.

cut-up-t-yarn

I’ve discovered that you can cut an entire t shirt into yarn in one long piece.  This really cuts down on the joining lumps and bumps in a project.  Here’s the video about it and it is worth watching before you begin.     Kids will enjoy helping with this next part: When you are all finished cutting the long strand, pull and stretch the cloth strip down the length of it and it will curl around  and make the yarn.  Then roll it up in a ball, ready for use.  Enjoy! — Laura

A quilting ruler is a handy thing to have for this project:

Great finds from around the web:

4 thoughts on “Making T-shirt Yarn

  1. […] Hickman on “baking outside the box” has a tutorial for “Making T-shirt Yarn”!  There are so many tutorials on using T-shirts for so many projects that you will want to learn […]

  2. […] Hickman on “baking outside the box” has a tutorial for “Making T-shirt Yarn”!  There are so many tutorials on using T-shirts for so many projects that you will want to learn […]

  3. I’ve done the t-shirt strips for my sister who makes pet beds for charities out of them, but the instructions never included the stretching out of the ‘yarn’. This is a valuable extra step that I can use for other projects. Thanks you for this extra information.
    : )

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