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20+ T-Shirt Yarn Projects To Upcycle Old Shirts

T-shirt yarn projects are a great way to upcycle all those old t-shirts that you have buried away in the bottom drawer because they are too stretched or out of fashion to wear!

You can buy t-shirt yarn or make your own and breathe new life into an old t-shirt.

I prefer to upcycle as much as I can, so I love making these projects using upcycled shirts.

T-shirt yarn is also called T-yarn, so if you’d rather buy some, look out for that too!

With this versatile yarn, you can make so many things. This roundup includes more than 20 fun crafts. Some are crochet projects, and others require no crafting tools at all!

What Can I Make With T-Shirt Yarn?

There are heaps of projects you can make with this yarn.

Check out the tutorials below for plenty of fun suggestions and ideas that you can follow along with.

Here are a few to get you going for now:

Toys: Teddies, Dog Toys, Kids Toys, Color Sorting Bowls and Balls.

Household Items: Rugs, Baskets, Wall Hangings and Trinket Holders.

Kitchen Items: Dishcloths, Tablemats, Potholders, Coasters and Teapot Cozies.

Bathroom Items: Facecloth, Rug, Sponge and Plant Holders.

Accessories: Bags, Purses, Keychains, Headbands, Earrings, Necklaces and Bracelets.

How Do You Make T-Shirt Yarn?

If you don’t have any old t-shirts hanging around, you can pick them up from the thrift store for next to nothing. This yarn is very simple to make, it’s made from t-shirt material so you can just cut up an old t-shirt into strips.

I have a more in-depth tutorial on how to get the most out of each t-shirt and make your t-shirt yarn here.

Bascially, you’ll need lots of lot strips that you can then wind up and use as yarn. The longer the strip the better, but you can tie fabric together to make the strips longer.

If you want to make thin yarn, you can cut narrow strands, cut wider strands for thicker

Enjoy making your next project!

T-Shirt Yarn Projects

20+ T-Shirt Projects

Here are a wide range of amazing t-shirt yarn ideas for your next project.

Whether you want a quick make to gift someone or something that will take a bit more time and effort you'll be sure to find something to add to your craft list below!

T-Shirt Yarn Top Tips

  • Due to its stretchiness, this yarn is quite forgiving, making it a great yarn to learn how to crochet with.
  • If you’re making your own t-shirt yarn, try to make your strips as long as possible with as few joins as possible. This will make it easier to work with and will also look better in your final products.
  • Don’t overstretch this yarn as you’re working with it; while it is forgiving; your project will buckle if you’re crocheting your stitches too tightly.
  • T-shirt yarn doesn’t tend to go as far as other types of yarn, so make sure you have enough before you begin your project!
  • If you don’t want your joins of different fabrics to be that visible, use a sewing machine to sew the ends together rather than just tying a knot.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with Tshirt yarn?

There are so many amazing projects you can make with Tshirt yarn, including baskets, toys, plant holders, dog chews, bags, rugs, dishcloths, slippers, bath mats, pot holders, headbands, jewelry and more!

The options are endless! Basically, if you can crochet or knit it, you could definitely make it from T-shirt yarn.

What is Tshirt yarn good for?

Tshirt yarn is thick and really soft, so it’s great for making a wide range of things from face cloths to children’s toys!

The best way to work with t-shirt yarn is to crochet it, so as long as you’re familiar with basic crochet, you’ll be able to make anything you like out of this yarn!

How do you turn a Tshirt into yarn?

To turn a T-shirt into yarn, you’ll need to:

1. Lay your Tshirt flat, and cut a straight line from one armpit to the other.

2. Cut along the seams of the sleeves to remove them too. You’ll now have four pieces (the large bottom piece, two sleeves, and the chest/neck piece.)

3. Cut all the seams (including the neck seam), off the remaining pieces.

4. Unfold the hems (or cut them off if you don’t want to unpick them).

5. Now, it’s time to cut the strips! The best way to do this is to cut one long continuous strip in each section. For the larger bottom piece, fold the t-shirt almost in half and then cut strips that are around 2cm wide, stopping around an inch from the end.

6. When you fold the section out, the strips will still be connected at each end. Alternately cut the edges of the T-shirt so you create one long piece of yarn that zig-zags around the T-shirt.

7. Tie any pieces that you can’t keep as one long piece of yarn together. You can secure them with a double knot.

8. Stretch each section of the t-shirt to create your final yarn and wrap it into a ball!

If you want visuals for all these steps check out my T-Shirt Yarn tutorial here.

Is Tshirt yarn stiff?

Absolutely not! Tshirt yarn is one of the softest types of yarns out there! Imagine your soft cotton t-shirts, all cut up into strips – that’s exactly what t-shirt yarn is – the very opposite of stiff!

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