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Making T-Yarn from Recycled Tee-Shirts

Posted on June 5, 2009

T-Yarn Ball This is a tutorial on how to make T-yarn from old recycled tee-shirts. T-yarn maybe a new term to you. T-yarn or Tarn is what the yarn is being called that is made from cutting t-shirts into strips for crafting.

The best t-shirts are ones that do not have side seams as you can cut around and around starting at the bottom. First cut off the hem and then with a sharp pair of scissors cut strips about 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide. Cut in one continuous strip as I have shown here.

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I stopped at the armhole openings as this was the end of my continuous strip that is completely one piece cut in rounds. You can cut off the sleeves and start another continuous strip at this point but it’s not as smooth as the main body because you will have curves in your strip where you have to turn the corners.

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To create the circular T-yarn, you gently pull on the strip. I found the best way to do this is by taking a short length about 1-2 feet long and stretching it. The stretching causes the tee-shirt strip to turn in on itself thus creating your rounded T-yarn. One important warning is not to pull too hard otherwise the strip breaks. I did have this happen on my first attempts so be advised to gently pull on the strip until it won’t stretch any further. Then you move to the next section of your strand and stretch it again. Continue stretching your strip until the whole long continuous strand has been stretched and is curled as shown in the photo.

T-Yarn Stitching SampleClick to supersize
Here is a small sample of what the curled T-yarn looks like when you crochet with it. It’s smooth to work with and has a nice finished look. You can either crochet or knit with the recycled yarn that has been created. This circular T-yarn would make excellent potholders, trivets and of course is perfect for a recycled tote bag. One large tee-shirt netted about 90 yards of T-yarn once stretched. So grab your crochet hook or knitting needles and experiment with this recycled material to create some wonderful eco craft projects.

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56 Responses to “Making T-Yarn from Recycled Tee-Shirts”

  1. [...] costs while in grad school I started turning Hawkeye and my extra t-shirts into t-shirt yarn, aka tarn, and crochet granny squares. This month I did manage to cut up 5 more t-shirts and crochet 5 more [...]


  2. [...] showing how to make yarn from plastic bags.  Then there’s t-yarn (made by cutting up an old t-shirt), VCR tape yarn, old sheets (and other fabrics) yarn and [...]


  3. [...] a colored t-shirt cut just as thin as possible. Make sure you stretch your t-shirt strips to create curled t-shirt yarn. Crochet the cuff using the colored t-yarn to complete the [...]


  4. […] pulled to curl the t-yarn or tarn in two colors if doing the 2-color hat as shown. Click here for my T-Shirt Yarn making tutorial for recycling old shirts into […]


  5. […] T-Shirt Yarn Tutorial:http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2009/06/05/making-t-yarn-from-recycled-tee-shirts/ This tutorial will show you how to turn that unloved t-shirt into awesome yarn!  Your project will […]


  6. […] cut my t-shirt yarn using this tarn-making tutorial. My strips were cut thin as this helps make the material easier to crochet. Using t-shirt yarn […]



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  1. [...] I just came across a blog with instruction on making T-Yarn or tarn as she calls it. Isn’t that neat? And look at the cute things she makes with it; trivets, [...]

  2. [...] by just crocheting with traditional yarn. Try crocheting with plarn (yarn made from plastic bags) or T-yarn (yarn made from old T-shirts). You do NOT need a special pattern to crochet with these materials. You can use regular crochet [...]

  3. [...] I scavenged a lot of old tee shirts and made yarn out of it (thank you Peter and Kathleen!).  Tee shirts work into yarn very easily.  There are lots of instructions on the internet on how to do this – click here for one. [...]

  4. [...] old t-shirts and make yarn out of them. Learn more about T-shirt yarn (also called tarn) from My Recycled Bags. We all have old T-shirts that could use a new life so this is a great option for knitters and [...]

  5. [...] costs while in grad school I started turning Hawkeye and my extra t-shirts into t-shirt yarn, aka tarn, and crochet granny squares. This month I did manage to cut up 5 more t-shirts and crochet 5 more [...]

  6. [...] showing how to make yarn from plastic bags.  Then there’s t-yarn (made by cutting up an old t-shirt), VCR tape yarn, old sheets (and other fabrics) yarn and [...]

  7. [...] a colored t-shirt cut just as thin as possible. Make sure you stretch your t-shirt strips to create curled t-shirt yarn. Crochet the cuff using the colored t-yarn to complete the [...]

  8. […] pulled to curl the t-yarn or tarn in two colors if doing the 2-color hat as shown. Click here for my T-Shirt Yarn making tutorial for recycling old shirts into […]

  9. […] T-Shirt Yarn Tutorial:http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2009/06/05/making-t-yarn-from-recycled-tee-shirts/ This tutorial will show you how to turn that unloved t-shirt into awesome yarn!  Your project will […]

  10. […] cut my t-shirt yarn using this tarn-making tutorial. My strips were cut thin as this helps make the material easier to crochet. Using t-shirt yarn […]

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