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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / T-shirt Yarn from the Back of the Shirt Only- Tutorial on: July 23, 2015 05:55:10 PM

A while ago, I made my sister a tote bag by using the graphic (a Boston Terrier with a moustache) from a t-shirt as an applique. I never threw out the remaining scraps, and just came across them today while doing some cleaning.

I've been meaning to try making t-shirt yarn, but every tutorial I've seen has used a shirt that is still a tube with the front and back still attached.

So, I decided to see if I could still do it by modifying the method.

First (not pictured), I trimmed the shirt back to make a rectangle. I only used the area from the armpits down, but since you're not using the front, you could easily use the entire back (and I don't know why I didn't think of that sooner!).

Next, I folded over two opposite edges by about a half of an inch. I think I had the stretch going the right way (the stretch should run from fold to fold), but I was just winging it and didn't check.

Then, using a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler (alternately, you could use a ruler to draw lines and cut with scissors), I cut lines 1 inch apart between the folded edges only- do not cut into the folded over area.

If you'd like, you can trim the uncut areas to 1 inch wide (I trimmed them at the end).

Now, and here's where I crossed my fingers that I was doing it correctly, I cut the bottom and top edges. First, I cut the bottom edge- I cut one "strip" over, and then every two strips all the way across.

Next, I cut the top edge- I started two "strips" over, and then every two strips all the way across. If you did it correctly, you should end up with one continuous strip.

To eliminate little "flags" of t-shirt sticking out of the yarn, you should trim the square corners of the strip (not pictured). If you didn't trim them earlier, you can do it as part of this step. First, cut the corners at an angle (cut off little triangles). Second, cut the "height" of the edge so that it is about an inch (you'll cut off a trapezoid shape).

The rest is just like making the yarn from a whole t-shirt! Run the yarn through your hands, stretching it as you do. This will make the yarn curl up along the edges.

Finally, wind the yarn into a cute little ball!

I used the back of small girl's t-shirt, so it didn't make very much. I do have a matching shirt (the front is destined to be a pillow), so I can make some more in the same color.

Also, this shirt was 100% cotton (pre-washed), and I tore the tag off of the shirt and stuck it into the ball of yarn so I would know what it was later.

ETA: I just realized that, for the first step pictured, I could have probably folded the fabric in half and made my cuts from the folded edge to 1 inch from the cut edge. I'll try that the next time!
12  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 15 hats in 2015 on: July 21, 2015 07:57:25 PM
I have a lot of stash yarn (acrylic) to use up, too. I could also make some fingerless gloves or give mittens a go.

I don't know if middle school kids would go for matchy-matchy items, but if I made things that sort of matched, that might work!
13  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 15 hats in 2015 on: July 21, 2015 01:21:07 PM
I love those hats, ladies! And, I made a Divine hat and gave it away, but it's a fun one to make. And now, alwaysinmyroom, you've got me thinking that I need to start making scarves to go with the hats I'll be donating...
14  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2015 GRANNY-A-WEEK crochet a long! on: July 21, 2015 01:14:19 PM
Nice job, that1girl! I love how the different color changes highlight different features of the pattern!
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap? on: July 21, 2015 01:06:08 PM
I'm home, so I'll be working on this over the next couple of days. Hopefully, it'll be ready by the weekend Smiley
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: July 18, 2015 12:12:30 PM
Love the floor, Ludi!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap? on: July 18, 2015 12:10:58 PM
By next week! Smiley I'm away right now, but I'll get it started when I get back!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap? on: July 17, 2015 07:01:33 PM
I think you have to get "approved" first, you get it in your profile and then you can claim someone and post your own list.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap? on: July 17, 2015 06:33:27 PM
I think it'll all work out in the end!

roler, I was worried about having to check in over and over to make sure I could claim a theme I wanted to try, but I figure I can work with anything! So, I'm going to go with the flow!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap? on: July 16, 2015 09:01:14 PM
Okay, I have a question and it could be because it is nearly midnight and my brain is tired...

If someone posts the first list (I'll say me to make it simple), then I'd get claimed. Eventually, I'll make a claim, and have to post my list again. And then I'd get claimed again. So my receiving would be more than my sending. What if I can't claim again? How does it get evened out?

As the organizer, I could always claim the last person and then my list would start the next round, so I'm not worried about me, necessarily, but what if it happens to someone else? How do we keep it fair?

Experienced ongoing swappers are highly encouraged to tell me what I'm missing Smiley
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