How to Make Yarn from Recycled T-Shirts

In this quick and easy tutorial, I teach you how to make yarn from recycled t-shirts.  Yes, you read that correctly, we are making yarn from recycled t-shirts, so grab your scissors and let’s get started!

The perfect alternative to elastic for face masks and sleep masks because it creates a stretchy tie.  For a custom fit, make it as tight or loose as is comfortable for you. Making yarn from recycled t-shirts is the perfect medium for a huge variety of other craft projects like knitting, crocheting, weaving, and jewelry, just to name a few. 

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T-Shirt Yarn a DIY Tutorial

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Here’s what you need to make yarn from recycled t-shirts:

  • Old T-shirts
  • ScissorsI love my Fiskars!
  • Ruler and Pencil (if you are a super precise crafter)

Here’s how to make stretchy yarn from recycled t-shirts:

STEP ONE – Prepare the T-Shirt

Wash and dry the recycled t-shirts that have been collected from around the house.  Layout each shirt on a flat work surface and cut a straight line across the shirt from armpit seam to armpit seam.  Then cut off the hemmed bottom of the t-shirt.  Set the top section of the shirt aside, we won’t be using this part, but you can recycle it!

Cut t-shirt apart under the armpit seams Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #tshirtyarn #recycledcrafts #upcycledcrafts #quickcrafts #easycrafts

STEP TWO – Cut the Shirt

Fold the bottom section of the t-shirt in half from side seam to side seam, leaving approximately one inch of the bottom layer visible at the top.  Cut one-inch wide sections of the folded t-shirt, which will crate giant loops.  You can measure and mark the strips if you prefer, but I just eye-ball it. The strips don’t have to be completely accurate.

Cut inch wide strips from t-shirt Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #tshirtyarn #recycledcrafts #upcycledcrafts #quickcrafts #easycrafts

STEP THREE – Cut Strips from the Shirt

I cut 15 loops from an adult size XL t-shirt. Then cut at both folds, so there are two strips that are the width of your t-shirt.  My t-shirt yielded 30 stretchy ties measuring one-inch wide by twenty-inches long.

Cut each t-shirt loop at the folds to create two strips Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #tshirtyarn #recycledcrafts #upcycledcrafts #quickcrafts #easycrafts

STEP FOUR – Create Yarn from Recycled T-Shirts

Take each strip and gently pull it through your hand at the crook of your thumb and forefinger to get the knit t-shirt fabric to roll. The greater the pressure, the longer and tighter the t-shirt tie will become.

Gently pull t-shirt strips through your hand to create yarn Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #tshirtyarn #recycledcrafts #upcycledcrafts #quickcrafts #easycrafts

Making yarn from t-shirts is a quick and easy DIY to complete in just about 10 minutes. 

How to make yarn from recycled t-shirts Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #tshirtyarn #recycledcrafts #upcycledcrafts #quickcrafts #easycrafts

Involve the kiddos and turn that forgotten t-shirt into a fun DIY project using supplies that you already have on-hand at home! Get those t-shirts that you can bear to give to charity out of the drawer. Create yarn from recycled t-shirts. Turn that yarn into a keepsake craft project which will be enjoyed for years to come! While stuck at home, create a special gift for a sibling, parent or grandparent.

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Create a Simple DIY Sleep Mask with t-shirt yarn!

Create a Simple DIY Sleep Mask Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #sleepmask #freepattern #easysewing #polyfil

Want more craft projects made with recycled items? Click HERE for the full list from my site!

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