One of my goals has been to return to crafting. I also wanted to combine this with frugality and re-purposing of already used items or something about to be discarded. Like clothing, sometimes clothes are faded, have "pilling" or are stained and they are not as usable as you might need them to be. But the fabric content is too good to simply cut up into rags.
Tee shirts hit the spot for now. I asked the family to go through their closets and only give what would of been cast away or cut into rags. I made "yarn" and learned a lot in the process.
Smooth out the tee shirt (or in this case a tee shirt night gown) and cut it in two pieces. You will make the first cut just below the sleeve. At this point you have 2 pieces from the tee shirt.
The upper part of the tee shirt that includes the sleeves, this can be cut into rags. For the "yarn" you will use the bottom part of the shirt that is a tube of material. Lay it flat and cut off the bottom hem section. Then begin cutting into 3/4 inch strips as show below.
You will cut from one side to within 1 inch of the other side. If you want a softer less rustic yarn, you will cut into strips that are about 1/2 inch in width, but still maintain the 1 inch border on the opposite side. .
Very important: do not cut through the other side.
With the cutting complete, now it is time to make a continuous piece of "yarn".
This is rather difficult to explain. Cutting is done right to left, and diagonal, bottom to top. I have made a drawing to show the cutting pattern and help explain.
Crude as this drawing appears, this will help you understand the cutting pattern that you must maintain to achieve one continuous piece of "yarn". The center white area represents the uncut edge, now open and flat.
You may use the yarn to crochet into what you need or want. I prefer the rustic feel of a wide flat ribbon style yarn crocheted into rugs. There is no right or wrong way to to this, you may use a rectangle pattern or the old fashion classic oval. The choice is yours. I use a very large crochet hook, in my favorite color of red!
Shown here beside a standard size pencil for scale.
Here are some of the rugs I have made from tee shirts.
This is the first one, made for my granddaughter.
This is a step out mat for the shower in the main bathroom.
This red one is my favorite, I have since added a few additional rows to make it fit snug up against the toe kick under the cabinet.
This is my first entry into Simple Lives Thursday, I look forward to reading each of the other entries. There is so much to learn from each other.
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