In this instructable I'm going to show you how to make the easiest t-shirt yarn ever! I'll also give you some tips and tricks for getting the best t-shirt yarn that you can get.

And it goes very quickly because of the way you'll cut the shirts - you'll be crocheting and braiding in no time!

Step 1: What you'll need:

  • 100% cotton jersey t-shirts
  • scissors or a cutting mat & rotary cutter
Make sure that the shirts you're using are cotton jersey (preferably 95% or more!) and not any crazy blend of fabrics. Lycra makes horrible t-shirt yarn, as does modal. Polyester and cotton blends seems to work fine though! I had one of those in my stack and it worked just as well as cotton - not sure why. :)

Also, make sure the shirts are not ribbed jersey fabric - they will not curl properly. I bought one to try it out and it came out a mess. I'll still use it, but it won't be pretty!

<p>made my pwn yarn haha</p>
Way awesome, as always Jessy ;) thank you
<p>You are right! It is magic, and amazing!</p>
<p>I love the instructions. But I have a question regarding the type of T-shirt I can use. Can I use a T-shirt that has side seams? Thanks for sharing.</p>
my only problem is with the seam. the threads that make up the seam pull apart, leaving me with severed yarn. please help!
Thank you for this tutorial! I have a question. Any idea how far one t-shirt goes? I'm looking at a pattern for a cat cave (it's super cute, like a basket, but closed on top with a hole on the side for the kitties). It requires 2.5lbs of tshirt yarn. I have no idea how many shirts that equals. Can you help, before I go under- or over-buying shirts for my project?
Hey, another way to make it clearer might be to draw/otherwise mark in where you cut (say in the 3rd photo of step 3), I think that would make it much clearer. <br>That said, Thanks for the instructable, I've been trying to work out how to get continuous for ages! :-)
Thanks, step 3 was a little confusing with the pictures, would it be possible if you can make a video? Appreciate you taking the time to do this.
I keep meaning to make a video and never finding the time. :P <br /> <br />This is a video that I think explains it pretty well though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3xJ_W6vYN4
I finally made it :) <br>Not with a t-shirt, but with an old pair of pajama pants <br>It works fine :D
Loving the tshirt yarn. <br> <br>I actually buy the 100% cotton fabric by the yard, gives more room to work with. Super cheap (I live in MexCity, so no JoAnn prices, I mean REALLY cheap). <br> <br>Funny actually, I've been playing with it for the last days, making scarves for meh friends, and lord, when I say fun, I mean FUN!! (although, my index finger is numb from all the snip snipping, bummer). <br> <br>Oh, I didn't know that pulling it curls it. I thought it was something that just happened, I love it, thanks for the tip!!!
Thank you so much! Your instructable was great! I get the part about cutting now. I am going to make your basket after I'm done the yarn.
I really want to try this as it is beautiful when braided, but I don't understand the cutting process. Could you please make a video of that. It would be great help!
I will definitely try to make a video, but in the meantime, I'd check this one out:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3xJ_W6vYN4">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3xJ_W6vYN4 </a><br /> <br /> I think it's explained pretty well. :D
Wow I love all your creative ideas! I cant wait to try this...never knew much about doing this! And your dress is So cute too!
Thanks, it is definitely my favorite dress. :D
:) Yeah it is way too cute! I would definitely wear it - and with leggings also- so cute and comfy!
Great idea!..
Oh my goodness, that's a great way to cut it!
It really is - makes it so fast!
Nice tutorial (er... Instructable!). I've made this before, so you did a good job of explaining the process. ;-)
Thank you!
I woner what you will knit with your new yarn?
oops I misspelled. I wonder what you will knit?

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