Braided t-shirt yarn basket

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 A good way to pass an afternoon or lazy night in front of the TV! This basket is made from old t-shirts that are made into a braid and then sewn together. It'll take a few hours to make a basket, but it's pretty easy. And it's a great way to use old t-shirts. You can make cute baskets to store ALL THE THINGS!

Don't have any extra t-shirts but you've got a load of plastic shopping bags? Check out my instructable on making a basket out of plastic bags!
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • old t-shirts you can turn into yarn and then braid!
  • scissors
  • thread
  • needles
  • optional: thimble & beeswax

Step 2: Make t-shirt yarn!

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The first step in our amazing basket journey. It's pretty easy and shouldn't take long at all. :D

I've put up a separate instructable for this because it was definitely too long to fit in this one.

Click here to find out how to make your own t-shirt yarn!

wow nice.. now I get to know how I use yarn for
gene131 year ago
génial !! je fais pareil mais avec un crochet
merci pour l'idée
Nousie1 year ago
Great idea! This is mine. I sorta did what Anodean said, so you can't see the stitches from the outside. And I put some glue on the inside so it'd be a little firmer.
hohum1 year ago
you did great, what a cool why to reuse!

about how many hours did it take to make the item shown here?

Thanks again for showing how to make the item.
jessyratfink (author)  hohum1 year ago
Thank you! I'd say that it took around four hours... it's much easier than making a basket from plastic bags, that's for sure!
Anodean1 year ago
Very nice use of materials! You might want to explore the techniques used in making braided rugs. There is a method of lacing the braids together invisibly by using a blunt needle between the lobes of the braids rather than piercing them. I think you would be pleased by the results. :D
jessyratfink (author)  Anodean1 year ago
Oh, that sounds awesome. I'm going to go google now, thanks for telling me about that technique. :D
Excellent! You did a beautiful job on that braid, btw. Not so easy to get that right, especially with stretchy material. :D
tech dawg1 year ago
This is an awesome idea for recycleing!
jessyratfink (author)  tech dawg1 year ago
I agree - I want to make lots!
Like isaid this is awesome but i got stuck with the making of the yarn how do i make it long and what not?
jessyratfink (author)  tech dawg1 year ago
Just make sure to cut it out as explained here:

And then, as you braid it and you're coming to the end of the yarn, just sew new strands to the strands in the braid. :)
Thank you soooo much i will try this ( on one of those rainy afternoons)!
Andrei_71 year ago
good work ! ;)
I was wondering what you were going to make with your t-shirt yarn. Very nice. ;-)
jessyratfink (author)  canucksgirl1 year ago
sunshiine1 year ago
I knew you would be making something cool! Thanks for sharing!
jessyratfink (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
You're welcome :D
onrust1 year ago
Love your map table. Killer color with this yarn :)
jessyratfink (author)  onrust1 year ago
Thanks - mod podge is a broke girl's best friend! I found that tabletop on the street. :P
ravenking1 year ago
I was waiting in anticipation wondering what you will create with your new yarn. This is a charming basket. :)
jessyratfink (author)  ravenking1 year ago
Thank you! I like it very much. :D

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