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Make Your Own Rag Yarn

| 3/16/2012 12:29:22 PM

I want to share a cool way to repurpose old, worn shirts into what I call rag yarn. This “yarn” can then be used to knit, crochet, or even be braided and sewn into various craft projects. Old t-shirts or similar material work very well. I like to use stripes because they are easier to cut evenly, and make interesting color patterns.  Start by laying your old shirt out flat on a table top, keeping the front and back as even as possible.

 Lay shirt out flat

Next you want to cut the top off, cutting as close under the arms as you can.

Start cut under arm 

cut completely off 

Now cut the hem off.

2/9/2018 8:50:01 AM

Cshellz It really works best with material that has some stretch in it like old sweaters and T-shirts. You could make an apron or patchwork quilt out of that old Oxford or denim cloth though! When we lived in Memphis years ago, a lady from our church reupholstered an entire recliner chair with patchwork denim from her husband's old jeans for his TV room. He thought that was the best gift ever. I can't imagine how long this must have taken her to complete. Whew!

10/5/2013 11:34:45 PM

is this project only for "knits" or would an old denim or cotton shirt work? Thinking old pairs of jeans would be a pretty color yarn...You have great ideas! Thanks for sharing them.

Lori Dunn
3/23/2012 5:01:12 PM

Cindy, I can tell you I would love to get a gift like that. This is very easy to cut, but having someone else do the cutting and just getting the yarn, ready to go, would be great! My first big project with it is going to be a rug. I've made them before, but not with this stuff. Of course, I'm not sure when I'll find the time to do that right now. I've been very busy outside in this gorgeous weather!

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