How to make t-shirt yarn for knitting or crochet

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Transform a tee into chunky yarn for crochet or knitting with this super-quick tutorial from One Social Girl. You’ll be rolling in t-shirt yarn for years to come!

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Keep those t-shirts out of landfill by turning them into your own chunky t-shirt yarn. Good for the planet, good for your bank balance (yarn can be pricey!) and good to knit with, create something new with One Social Girl’s tutorial. Check out our other tutorials in our sustainable series for more eco-makes:

You’ll need

  • Pair of scissors
  • T-shirt without seams

How to make t-shirt yarn

Step 1

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Lay your t-shirt out on a work surface. Cut a horizontal line directly under the sleeves. Also cut off the hem on the bottom of the shirt. You only need the middle section for this project. Discard the top and bottom pieces.

Step 2

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Fold one side of the t-shirt towards to the other, leaving a 1 inch space at the top. Cut into strips (1 inches thick) – do not cut the space at the top.

Step 3

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Unfold the t-shirt so you can see the separate strips. Following the photo, begin cutting the strips diagonally across. Starting at the first strip, cut diagonally to the second strip. Repeat across.

Step 4

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Now that you have a single strip of t-shirt yarn, pull it through your hands to create the tube shape. This enables the edges to curl.

Step 5

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Keep pulling until it is all tube-shaped. Roll the t-shirt yarn into a ball and get crafting.

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Meredith Crawford is a crafter, blogger and the author of crochet pattern book, Crochet with One Sheepish Girl. She also operates a boutique brand communication studio, offering photography, styling and social media management support. She’s also the designer behind this t-shirt yarn tutorial so go and give her a follow on social media and read her blog




  • Laura

    Most of my tshirts have side seams does it matter? Do I still cut in the same way?

    • Yes you do. When you knit or crochet with the t-shirt yarn just twist the bits with the stitching until it’s hidden. This method also works with a bed sheet x

  • Cinthea Martinsen

    How do you personally join your strips with this yarn? Magic knot sounds bulky – do you sew the ends together?

  • toknowher

    awesome thanks

  • Kelsey DIY

    Such a wonderful diy project.

  • Kathy Palmer

    This is brilliant! – thank you SO much, such a lovely easy and practical explanation.