Thick T-shirt Yarn: Photo Tutorial

 

Thick T-shirt Yarn: Photo Tutorial

T-shirt yarn is fun to work with and makes a project work up super fast, but my Super Thick T-shirt yarn takes it to the next level. Below I will show you how to create this thick t-shirt yarn and provide you with some ideas to put it to use. It is a great way to use up old T-shirts.

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

This is the yarn used in my Recycle T-shirt Crochet Basket. The thickness of this t-shirt yarn helps make yarn baskets sturdier and rugs cushier. Not to mention you finish your projects faster! I will be coming out with a whole bunch of patterns using this yarn.

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

Before we get started, I have just a few tips for you.

  1. When selecting your T-shirts, look for ones that do not have any side seams.
  2. If you have white shirts and want to dye them, I recommend dying them before you cut them into yarn.

I was lucky to receive a big batch of misprinted white T-shirts.  Being the crafter I am, I saved them all. I cut a number of them into yarn and dyed them. It is not fun detangling yards and yards of t-shirt yarn after washing out the dye.

Let’s get started with our tutorial.

T-shirt Yarn Materials:

Old T-shirts with no side seams

Sharp Scissors or Rotary Cutter

Self healing mat (if using Rotary cutter)

Pencil or pen

Ruler

Fabric Glue (optional)

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

The shirts I used had the tags cut off a while ago and I do not know what size I started with. I am pretty sure I was working with a XL or XXL shirt and ended up with 20 feet of t-shirt yarn for a single shirt.

T-shirt Yarn Tutorial:

Step 1: Cut shirt across the chest remove the collar and sleeves. Also remove the seam at the bottom of the shirt. Fold the shirt over leaving about 2″ between the side folds.

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

Step 2: Using a ruler and measure the height of the shirt piece. I like to cut my strips roughly 4 inches wide, but I do not like wasting any material. So measure your shirt and divide that measurement by 4. This will give you how many inches wide you will make your cuts. For the shirt shown I used 3.75 inches just to keep from wasting any material. You want your measurement to be close to 4 inches to get a nice thick yarn. If your shirt height is only 12 inches tall you will want to make 3 strips instead of 4. Once you find your width, use your ruler to mark where you will cut.

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

Step 3: Cut along the line you created.  A rotary cutter makes this really easy, but mine needs a new blade. A sharp pair of scissors get the job done too. Cut where there is 4 layers of material. Do not cut the last 2 inches.

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

 

Step 4: Unfold the T -shirt. Lay the shirt out so 2 inch uncut section is flat  and does not have anything underneath it. You are going to draw a line from the bottom edge up diagonally to the first. Working parallel to the line you just made, daw a line from the first cut to the second cut and so on. The picture below will show this better.

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

Step 5: Cut along the diagonal lines you created. You will be left with a very long strip of t-shirt fabric.

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

Step 6: Your yarn is almost done, but if you look at your strip you will see small points from where you cute the diagonal. Just use your scissors to make this more of a curve, then a point and it will stay hidden while you crochet with this yarn.

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects. Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

Step 7: This is the fun step. Just take your strip of fabric hold one end in one hand and another piece about 18 inches done the strip in the other. Pull your hands apart. I would hold the fabric about shoulder width apart and stretch it to elbows width. Grab the next 18 inch section and do the same thing. Continue this until you reach the end of the piece.

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

I like to cut a few shirts up, then stretch it while watching a little TV. I ended up with a 20 foot piece of t-shirt yarn once is was stretched out. If you want to connect two shirts together, I would use just a little fabric go on the ends.

Other was to connect the pieces are sewing them together or knotting them together, but I think glue is the quickest and easiest method.

Use this photo tutorial to make a super thick T-shirt yarn great for crochet and knit projects.

Now you have a big pile of thick T-shirt yarn ready to be used. You can use this yarn to make my Recycle T-shirt Crochet Basket or any other project that requires super bulky yarn. I will be working with this yarn to make up a few patterns to share. Let me know how you like this t-shirt yarn and the tutorial in the comments below.

Use this free crochet pattern and photo tutorial to epicycle old material into usable baskets.

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8 Comments

  1. Reny

    May 2, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I love making baskets and am getting ready to declutter my T-shirt drawer. Did I mention that I also love to upcycle things! So this idea is right up my alley!

    1. Lindsey

      May 2, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      I am so happy to hear it. I love up cycling as well and plan to do more upcycle crafts.

  2. Susan

    June 23, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Hi, wondering what crochet stitch you have used with the white Tshirt yarn and the purple hook. I want to make a blanket with tshirt yarn with this kind of pattern. Thanks in advance?

    1. Lindsey

      June 23, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      The both examples are single crochet. The stitch is so big it really makes the shape of the stitch pronounced. I would love to see your blanket when it is done!

      1. Susan

        June 24, 2018 at 5:13 am

        Hi Lindsey,
        Thanks. There is a lovely woman who has a business called sheltered co who makes hand crocheted weighted blankets for people with autism and sensory processing disorders. I have contact d her but due to weight and size issues they can’t be shipped to Australia where I am. So, like all autism mothers I have decided to try make one myself. I have never crocheted before so your little pic seems to be the clos3st design to hers, so wish me luck. So it s just a basic single crochet? Through both loops or through front or back only? Thanks for your advice…. will be sure to show you f it works out.
        Thanks.
        Susan

        1. Lindsey

          June 24, 2018 at 2:52 pm

          It is through both loops. Best of luck.

  3. Susan

    June 24, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Hi Lindsey
    Thanks for the tip. I am trying to crochet a sensory blanket for my son with autism; you can buy them in the US from the sheltered co. They are gorgeous but due to weight and size do not ship to Australia, so I am trying to copy something like hers. I feel bad tr6ing to copy her idea but I don’t have any other options fortunately. I have never crocheted before so wish me luck. So it’s a single crochet, is it through front or back stitch only or both.
    Thanks.
    Susan

    1. Lindsey

      June 24, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      It is through both. Best of luck.

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