If you like to crochet or knit, you don’t necessarily have to spend money on the yarn. Textile yarn that is suitable for many handicrafts can be cut quickly and easily from an old T-shirt. At the same time, you can give a disused piece of clothing a second life instead of throwing it away.
Make textile yarn yourself
Perhaps you’ve already cut a disused t-shirt into strips and used it as a gift ribbon? For a crochet or knitting project, however, a longer thread is practical so that you do not have to start over again. All you need is an old t-shirt or other stretch jersey top and scissors.
Needed time: 10 mins.
- Cut the t-shirt
Spread out the shirt and cut off the bottom hem and the upper part including sleeves directly below the armpits.
- Fold the fabric
It is best to turn the fabric 90 °. Fold the lower half of the fabric hose onto the upper half so that the upper edge protrudes about three centimeters.
- Cut into strips
Cut the folded fabric into strips about two centimeters wide from the bottom edge. Cut just enough so that the edge of the upper layer of fabric is cut through, but a coherent edge about two centimeters wide remains from the lower layer. If you find it difficult to cut evenly wide strips, simply use the width of your thumb as a measure. A Slitter simplifies straight cuts.
- Cut strips into coherent spirals
Unfold the fabric. Cut the continuous fabric edge diagonally from one incision on one side to the adjacent incision opposite, so that there is no single ring, but a single long spiral. Cut from the first and last incision to the edge, so that there is a beginning and an end.
- Stretch and wind up the yarn
Roll up the strip of fabric into a ball and keep pulling it out. This causes the sides to roll up so that the T-shirt yarn has a rounder diameter and is easier to process when crocheting and knitting.
This is the basis for your next handicraft project!
Process textile yarn
Use the textile yarn for practical and beautiful projects, for example for a shopping network or a storage basket.
The seams in the yarn are hardly noticeable in plants with a coarser structure. If you want your knitting or crochet to be particularly even, you can cut a T-shirt without stripes using the same technique.
The remaining upper part of the T-shirt with sleeves can also be processed further, for example to reusable wet wipes or handkerchiefs. Cut into strips, the remains can be used for smaller jobs – for example for hair bands or crocheted cosmetic pads. And for a homemade patchwork, short pieces are of course made.
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