• Sharon Prigan

How to make t shirt yarn

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

After cutting the t shirt apart what you have left now is the body of the shirt without the hem and the sleeves. You have a tube which is open top and bottom and closed on both sides. From the one side to the other fold the shirt but stop about 6 cm before it meets the other closed side



T shirt tube
T shirt tube


Cut strips from side to side, crossing the fold but NOT cutting the other closed side of the shirt, stop about 2 cm before the edge.



Cut to the edge but not over
Cut to the edge but not over


You now should have a tube of fabric which has a closed section and strips which are attached to this closed section. Place a piece of cardboard inside the “shirt” turning it so that the closed uncut section is facing you. You are going to cut it now.


Wrapped around cardboard
Wrapped around cardboard


If you cut from the first cutting line through the closed section to the next cutting line you will just get many loops. You don't want that. What you want is one long joined spiral. To get that you cut from the first cutting line to the SECOND cutting line opposite that. All the next cuts are the ones facing each other. This way you will get one long spiral.



The first cut is diagonal
The first cut is diagonal


Take the spiral off the cardboard


Roll it up into a ball pulling it slightly as you do and you will see that if you have used a stretchy t shirt the yarn will curl up nicely.



Ball of t shirt yarn
Ball of t shirt yarn


When you come to the end cut open that last strip and there you have it, a ball of t shirt yarn





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