Welcome our newest feature, Craft of the Month! Each month, with tutorial and photos, our resident crafting guru, Lindsay Taylor, will teach us how to do a new craft. This month, we kick it off with T-Shirt yarn. Come craft along with us!
One of our most popular crafts at here at Camp Stevens is the “t-shirt headband” – loosely defined as a headband braided together from cut up t-shirts. This material is known as “t-shirt yarn”, or “t-yarn”, for short.
In the hands of children and crafty adults alike, I’ve seen “t-shirt headbands” turn into t-shirt bracelets, t-shirt belts, t-shirt jellyfish and t-shirt pirate costumes. T-yarn is a versatile crafting material – it is sturdy, stretchy and eco-friendly, not to mention limitless color-wise. Browse the t-shirt section of your local Goodwill and you’ll likely catch my drift. The Camp Stevens t-shirt yarn box is a veritable rainbow!
Of course, turning t-shirts into t-yarn does take a bit of work. This tutorial will walk you through the process and show you how to use as much of the t-shirt as possible, for more t-yarn and less waste!
You’ll need a t-shirt (or several!) and a good pair of scissors, suitable for cutting fabric. The first method (steps 1-7) is bit quicker and will leave you with a bundle of individual t-yarn strands. If you’d like to cut one long continuous strand of t-yarn (say, for knitting) then scroll down to step 8!
- Pick a t-shirt! Any t-shirt will do. The larger the shirt, the greater the t-yarn yield!
7. Pull all of your flat strips into rolled yarn and admire your new bundle of t-shirt yarn!
11. Continue cutting the strand. Once you come back to your starting point, just cut up a little and keep cutting around and around, still through one layer! The green arrow in the photo indicates my starting point. 12. With this method, you are cutting the t-shirt in a spiral from the bottom up!
There you have it: t-shirt yarn! Braid a headband, knot together a wrap bracelet or layered necklace, knit up a crazy sturdy potholder, make a lion’s mane for your/someone’s baby. Imagination is boundless!