A very dear friend and I were catching up recently and talk of our blogs came up. She writes a sweet food blog called Food Filled Life and has a true passion for cooking, using fresh and local ingredients, often from her own backyard or the amazing CSA that she uses up in Oregon. When we get a chance to reconnect, we mostly talk about what we are making and how our kids are growing and changing and often we give each other feedback on our respective blogs. I trust Jill immensely…she was the very first “mom” friend I met here when I moved to Napa and even though she has since moved up to OR, our friendship stays strong. So, I’m dedicating this post to her, because she asked for a tutorial “of some kind”. I told her I didn’t really have anything to share that was “tutorial worthy”, but that I would think about it.
As I’ve been spring-cleaning and rearranging my studio over the last several weeks, I started to go through the piles of “to- do” bins, like: clothes that need to be altered, sweaters that need to be felted…and t-shirts that need to be turned into yarn. Ah-ha, I thought…that could be a fun tutorial. (Because really…shrinking wool sweaters is not too difficult). There are probably a dozen or more tutorials on this already. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here, folks… just giving you the chance to try your hand at repurposing some old t-shirts.
I plan on making a shoulder bag from this yarn, but I have made wrist cuffs with it in the past and there are several patterns on Pinterest for rugs…if you are feeling that ambitious.
So, here we go…you will need:
a rotary cutter
a pair of sharp scissors
a cutting mat
several old t-shirts
*a note about t-shirts: not all shirts will work to make a “yarn” that you can easily crochet with. You want to find t-shirts that have some elasticity in them and are soft cotton. The thicker type of t-shirts (mostly men’s…think brands like “Carhart”) are too rigid and bulky to turn into yarn. In my stash, I had mostly women’s shirts…the soft and cozy type.
8. Cut from the outside towards your first slit ON AN ANGLE…very important direction. Now you will begin to make a continuous loop of “yarn”. Continue cutting from the bottom right side up to the top left side, always on an angle. Your cuts may not look exactly even and it may not seem like the yarn will come out looking all that homogenous, but it will be fine. Once you stretch it out and begin to work with it, you will never notice the inconsistencies.
I’m determined to finish this pile of shirts so that I have the yarn to use when I need it and not just have a bunch of t-shirts sitting in a bin. When I get to the actual making of the bag, I’ll repost with an update. OK, Jill…thanks for the push and I fully expect you to do this project now! Let me know how it goes. XO