Instead of throwing away all those old, unwanted t-shirts, turn them into yarn. It's easy, it's fast, it's fun and it's one more way to join the zero-waste movement. Use t-shirt yarn just like you would any other yarn — you can crochet, knit, make rugs, macrame, make pompoms, or even make some tassels with it. If you don't have any old t-shirts at home, check out your local thrift shop — there are mountains of t-shirts hanging around, in every color, just begging to be used and kept out of the landfills.
Things You'll Need
Disappearing ink pen
Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut across the t-shirt from sleeve to sleeve. Then cut off the bottom hem. Leave both sides of the t-shirt uncut.
Start on one side of the t-shirt and cut 1-inch strips. Stop cutting a few inches away from the other side.
Open the t-shirt so the uncut side is on top.
Start at the bottom and draw a diagonal line between the strips with a disappearing ink pen. Continue drawing the diagonal lines until you get to the top.
Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut along the lines to create one continuous strip of fabric.
Pull on the fabric strip which will curl the edges and stretch it out to create a nice long piece of curled t-shirt yarn.
Roll it up into a ball like you would any other yarn and you're ready for your next yarn project.