Jill Tarabar

Graphic Designer by day. Fiber Artist by night.

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Upcycle T-shirts into Yarn!

If you're like our family... we're "just in it for the t-shirt!" Whether it's a charity event, concert or sports team, the t-shirts accumulate fast!

This project is a great way to UPcycle those shirts... but if you'd rather not part with your memories, a wide variety of colorful t-shirts can be found at your local thrift store a a great price. 

Follow these 4 easy steps to create a continuous strand of colorful, machine washable, cotton, heavy worsted to bulky weight yarn out of each shirt.

Class Project:

You'll only need two things to get started:

  1. T-shirts. Looks for shirts that do not have side seams or any type of overall sewn-on appliqués. Shirts that have printed-on designs are fine, especially if the design is above the underarm. The larger the shirt, the better... Aim for XL or larger. Thrift stores are a great source for shirts at a very reasonable price. Machine wash and dry your shirts before beginning.
  2. A good Fabric Scissor. When choosing a scissor, cutting through fabric is very different than cutting through paper or other household items. Fabric scissors are available at most craft, hobby and fabric stores as well as some big-box retailers. Once you've found that fabric scissor - hide it! Don't let anyone use it for cutting paper or anything else as it will dull quickly!

Deliverable: Show off a photo of your completed ball of yarn!

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