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
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!
Step 2: Lay the t-shirt flat on the floor and make the first cuts
I am making strips about 2 inches wide because they make a nice rounded braid, which is what I want for the project I'm making with the yarn. Play around with strip sizes to see what you like best - if you're using the yarn for crocheting instead of braiding you will probably want strips 1 inch wide or less. The strips will shrink by a little over half once we pull them to curl them.
Cut off the hem of the shirt if you want your finished yarn to curl nicely all over. :)
Cut the shirt into strips as shown, stopping a few inches from the top of the shirt. Keep making strips until you reach the armpits of the shirt.
Now the magic happens!