How to make T shirt yarn

Transform a tee into chunky yarn for crochet or knitting with this super-quick tutorial for how to make t shirt yarn from One Social Girl. You'll be rolling in t-shirt yarn for years to come!

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Keep those t-shirts out of landfill by turning them into your own chunky t-shirt yarn. Good for the planet, good for your bank balance (yarn can be pricey!) and good to knit with, create something new with One Social Girl’s tutorial.

Once you’ve learned how to make tshirt yarn head to our recycled craft ideas collection for some more eco-friendly projects! Or for equally soothing DIYs, how about our guides to how to make bath bombs or how to make wax melts?

Tee shirt yarn tutorial

How to make t-shirt yarn


You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • T-shirt, Use a t-shirt without seams

Total time:

Step 1

Lay your t-shirt out on a work surface. Cut a horizontal line directly under the sleeves. Also cut off the hem on the bottom of the shirt. You only need the middle section for this project. Discard the top and bottom pieces.

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Step 2

Fold one side of the t-shirt towards to the other, leaving a 1 inch space at the top. Cut into strips (1 inches thick) – do not cut the space at the top.

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Step 3

Unfold the t-shirt so you can see the separate strips. Following the photo, begin cutting the strips diagonally across. Starting at the first strip, cut diagonally to the second strip. Repeat across.

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You’ve learnt how to make tshirt yarn and now you need some projects to make with it! Here’s 10 t shirt yarn projects to get creative with or make your own heart macrame bunting.

Step 4

Now that you have a single strip of t-shirt yarn, pull it through your hands to create the tube shape. This enables the edges to curl.

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Step 5

Keep pulling until it is all tube-shaped. Roll the t-shirt yarn into a ball and get crafting.

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Now you’ve learnt how to make your own t-shirt yarn remember to take a picture and share them with us on InstagramTwitterFacebook. Oh and subscribe to Mollie Makes for more projects using t-shirt yarn.

About One Social Girl

Meredith Crawford is a crafter, blogger and the author of crochet pattern book, Crochet with One Sheepish Girl. She also operates a boutique brand communication studio, offering photography, styling and social media management support. She’s also the designer behind this t-shirt yarn tutorial so go and give her a follow on social media and read her blog

Meredith Crawford