I've been wanting to have a go at making t-shirt yarn ever since I saw this tutorial on how to recycle an old t-shirt to make yarn. The only thing that has put me off is that if I made it from a t-shirt, then I'd only be able to make a limited amount and I ALWAYS need more!
So for some time I've been working on an idea to make a t-shirt style yarn from a length of jersey fabric - that way I could make as much as I like and still make more if I need to.
I bought 4 metres of baby blue crushed velvet fabric and the sharpest scissors I could find and laid it out on the floor.
Then I cut a horizontal strip that was approximately 5 - 6cm wide. When I was about 7cm from the selvedge I stopped and started cutting my strip from the opposite side. I then just cut a curve to neaten up the sharp corner that was about a 6cm radius from the end of the cut. I just kept on cutting like this, zig-zagging side to side, all the way up the fabric until I'd used all 4 metres.
It was as simple as that. I must admit, it took quite a few hours, over a couple of days, but I've now got nearly 800grams of super chunky yarn at a little over £1.50 per 100g - which I think is pretty good!
Stay tuned for some extreme knitting...
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