T-Shirt Yarn {DIY}

T-shirt Yarn DIY on EverythingEtsy.com

Recycling your old T-shirts into yarn will help you create tons of eco-friendly projects!  I love the look and feel of old T-shirts, don’t you??  That means any scarf, rug or hat made with this yarn has that super soft and cozy feel you just can’t buy.  You know, that happy kind of feeling from your favorite worn T-shirt.

This is the perfect fall craft!  Once you start making yarn you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing this for years.  Gather all those T-shirts your children are growing out of and let’s get started.

T-Shirt Yarn {DIY} - Make It!

It’s really rather simple once you get the hang of how you cut up your shirt.  One tip…have nice, sharp scissors because you’re cutting two layers of fabric at once.Making T-Shirt Yarn - EverythingEtsy.com

  • Lay your shirt flat on the table and cut straight across right under the arms
  • This leaves you a nice big section of T-shirt
  • Cut off the bottom hem of the T-shirt
  • Fold the T-shirt in toward the side leaving an inch on one side…this will be the top
  • Cut the T-shirt into 1 inch strips not going all the way to the top.  You want to leave the top inch of the shirt in one piece.
  • Once you’re done with all that cutting…take a break and shake, shake, shake your hands.  I know they have to hurt by now.
  • Now unfold your T-shirt and place the top inch of your fabric flat on the table.  Cut on an angle from the first strip to the second creating one long piece of fabric.

T-Shirt Yarn

Once you have finished all your cutting take small sections and pull your fabric tight.  This creates YARN!  It’s fun to do and it looks cool when you’re finished.

T-shirt Yarn DIY

Now you have T-shirt yarn all ready for a beautiful project or two.

It’s a bit nicer when you have a T-shirt without a side seam but it still works.  Once you try it you’ll be collecting old T-shirts just for yarn!

Have you ever made T-shirt yarn?  I’d love to hear about it!



  1. Kim says

    I like to go to thrift stores and look for t-shirts with very unique colours/patterns. Great place to find mens XXXL. I have made many floor mats with this – washes great and when it finally wears out, you can toss it without feeling guilty of the cost spent.

  2. says

    SORRY! I still don’t get it. Maybe if I try it it may all make sense. It’s the last step, I don’t know how this can leave one long strip.

    • says


      Once you try it I don’t think you’ll have a problem. And if you do, what have you really lost?

      You can start cutting on either side. Just lay it out so you can see the part that is NOT cut up into strips. This is where you will start cutting on an angle. I usually cut from the left so my cut starts on the left side of the bottom strip and goes up to the right side of the next row on the top. It’s kinda hard to explain, but I think it’s super easy once you are doing it. It makes one long strip from your shirt.

      I hope you’ll give it a try on an old t-shirt!


  3. says

    Howdy, I got over to your blog page via Digg. Not a thing I normally read through, yet I like your views nonetheless. Thanks for putting together something worthy of reading through!

    • says

      Hi Crystal! That’s awesome! Once you get it…you got it! No more wasted old shirts in your house…lol! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know you tried it out.


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