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Recycled T-shirt Wreath

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I have been experimenting with making yarn out of recycled t-shirts. You can follow the first two steps to make your own t-shirt yarn...the possibilities for what you can make with that are endless! And because my husband owns about a hundred t-shirts, my supply is endless too!
Here is how to make a Recyled T-shirt Christmas wreath...
You will need the following:
A red t-shirt with not too much writing ro printed design
A pair of scissors
A wire coat hanger
Some scraps of cardboard
Some silver and black scraps
 
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Step 1: Step One -Making t-shirt yarn

Picture of Step One -Making t-shirt yarn
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With a sharp pair of scissors, cut the t-shirt across under the armpit, and cut the hem off of the bottom.
If you were going to make an infinity scarf, or end up with loops, you can just cut the t-shirt into strips, but i thought it would be easier to start with a continuous piece to make this wreath. So, here is how you can make t-shirt yarn. This yarn is fantastic to knit, crochet, or weave with! My mind is racing with all of the things I could do here!
Back to the wreath... to make a continuous strip, leave the side seams attached, and cut the t-shirt into strips about an inch or an inch and a half wide, being careful to stop cutting about two inches from one of the side seams like in the second picture. Open the t-shirt up and slip something in the middle so you can see clearly, and won't cut through. I slipped in a piece of cardboard, which is the white square you see in the photos.
Now here it the tricky part, to make it one continuous piece, you are going to cut the strips diagonally, so they attach to the strip in the row above...look carefuly at the photos, this part is a little tough to explain.  To cut the strips diagonally, start by making an end, by cutting apart one strip (like in the fifth picture.) Then, connect the rows diagonally by cutting parallel to your first line.