I found many tutorials for t-shirt yarn. It can be used in so many ways! These are a few of my favorites, and while I hope you try them out and enjoy them, I also hope that you will explore more ideas on your own. Google t-shirt yarn tutorials and you will have more projects than you know what to do with!
Weave Hula Hoop Rug
Read the full tutorial by Nicole Blasenak Shapiro from Family Fun Magazine.!
In this tutorial, they are using strips of t-shirts. It isn't actual t-shirt yarn, but this could easily be done with t-shirt yarn. Follow the instructions, just substitute t-shirt yarn. It will take longer to weave, but you will be able to fit more rows on for a tighter rug. Or, just use the t-shirt strips to recreate the bulky and fabulous look they have going on. Either way, it is still an eco friendly project that will leave you with a beautiful new rug!
Knit a Market Bag
Find the pattern by Missy posted on So You Think You're Crafty.
This one is for the knitters. It is a very simple pattern and great for beginners. I just love the look of this bag. The big advantage to using t-shirt yarn when making a bag is that it won't sag like traditional yarns do. I love cotton bags, but cotton yarn will go from your waist to your knees if you put anything in it, if you don't line it with some kind of fabric. Bags made with t-shirt yarn are bulkier and the yarn is already stretched so it shouldn't have a lot of give, and because of that it won't need a fabric liner. This bag should be able to hold the weight of all the produce you can carry home from the market with no sagging and you will look fabulous!
No Sew Braided Rug
Find the tutorial by "Ivory Soap" on the Little House in the Suburbs blog.
Find the full tutorial on Creative Jewish Mom blog.
I love this because it is so versatile! The loom is made from a piece of cardboard and some cotton string. It couldn't get more basic than that, right? You can make it as large or as small as you want. You can use this technique to make potholders, placemats, trivets, rugs, table runners, and whatever else you can think of! She has a couple of different ideas on how you can finish it. She finished this one by tying knots at the ends to secure it. You could also run it through a sewing machine to secure the ends and have a flat fringe to it. Or, if you are already at the sewing machine and really want to go all out, you could even sew on a border made from some t-shirt fabric scraps and really give it a clean looking finish. It's all up to your style.
Crochet a Bowl
Find the pattern by My 9 Lives on the Instructables website.
On several tutorials, I see people working with strips of t-shirts. On some projects this works well, and on others it doesn't. Remember that t-shirt yarn is corded by stretching a t-shirt strip. If you are just using t-shirt strips, you will run a strong risk of it being pulled and stretched later, creating a disaster to your project, as you will have a loop you won't be able to easily hide. I recommend just using t-shirt yarn or craft cords and not t shirt strips, but I also encourage creativity. If you like the look of the strips, and on the hula hoop rug they look great, I encourage throwing caution to the wind. You could also substitute strips of a bedsheet or flannel pants or other similar fabrics that are soft and won't stretch. This would be the best way to get a similar texture, without running the risk of a snag in your project later.
Happy crafting everyone! And if you need some t-shirt yarn, I know a couple of fabulous places where you can get some. ;)
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