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