Think its impossible to make bags, floor mats, hats, toys and basically anything else knitted or crocheted out of t-shirts??? Well its not!! You just have to know how to make the yarn first, and that’s what I am going to teach you today!
I use t-shirts in most of my products that I sell. Everyone has tons of t-shirts in their closets and we all just keep accumulating more. I have used t-shirts to make bags, rugs, amigurumis, tablecloths, hats and many other things. To see a few of my products please go to the Sofia Encinas Design store.
**If you t-shirt has seams on the sides (like this one in the picture) there is an extra step which we will cover momentarily. **
First, Cut the bottom of the t-shirt off just above the hem as seen in the photo below. This you can save, and reuse to make decorative flowers and other fun accessories (keep reading my blog because we will be adding a how to for that in the future!)
The whole t-shirt is cut into strips. I cut them into 1cm wide strips, but you can make them bigger or small depending on your project or preference. Just be aware that if you make them too wide they can be hard to connect together, but if you make them too thin they could fall apart. Between 1-2cm works best.
When the entire t-shirt is cut into strips, its time to start connecting the pieces! At the end of each strip, you will fold the end upon itself and cut a small snip about a half a centimeter long. The cut should be in the middle of the width of the strip, and make sure that it is not too close to the end of each side. Please refer to the picture below.