T-Shirt Yarn

By Craft Trends Contributor, Lacey. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I have too many t-shirts. My t-shirt drawer over flows with a multitude of colors and baggy fits that I never actually find time or the occasion to wear. My mom has constantly over the years asked me to toss some of these shirts out to create space for clothes that might actually see the light of day. Unfortunately for my dresser, I’m much to sentimental and practical to just toss out a t-shirt. Instead of wasting these memories and fabric I’ve been on the search for something to do and create with my old t-shirts. One craft trend that has emerged and has given my old t-shirts a new purpose and a new life is t-shirt yarn. There’s a number of options for this new medium of yarn and I’m excited by the possibilities I have found so far.

T-Shirt Market Bag - Think CraftsT-Shirt Market BagThink Crafts

This cute bag is great for your local farmer’s market and great for re-purposing an old t-shirt. The project only takes four different materials and looks like a fun and easy project to whip up. The t-shirt yarn makes for a perfect material for this project as it will stretch to fit your items.

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Yarn Needle Case

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilight Kallisti

Yarn Needle Case

Sewing needles are essential for crafters but they can easily get misplaced. Tired of pricking my finger when another needle fell out of the paper package I came up with a yarn needle case to store my needles safely. Using yarn, plastic canvas and fabric this case will keep your needles in place in a fashionable way.

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Yarn Bomb!

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Once upon a time I lived in New York City where the lights are bright, the streets are busy, and the yarn bombing is awesome. As a knitter, I can’t help but love yarn bombing. Colorful and fun, it makes me grin every time I see a bike rack or store handle or stop sign covered in yarn. Add a little yarn bombing to your life!

Yarn Bomb Squid Tree - The Dapper Toad

Yarn Bomb Squid TreeThe Dapper Toad

You can go big! Man I bet that was a lot of work! But it’s so awesome! An octopus tree! I want that in my local park.

Or you could go small

Yarn Bombing Candles - Garden Therapy

Yarn Bomb CandlesGarden Therapy

Chevron Pattern Yarn Bomb - Knit Hacker

Chevron Pattern Yarn BombKnit Hacker

You could yarn bomb a bike rack – this one looks pretty modern and artsy, am I right?

Bicycle Skirt Guard Crochet Pattern - Knits for Life

Bicycle Skirt Guard Crochet PatternKnits for Life

Or a bike (how beautiful is that? No, really. I want that for my bike. I mean, first I have to get a bike. But then I want that for my bike!)

And phone booths on either side of the pond love to be yarn bombed

A Phonebox Cosy Tale - Knit the City

A Phonebox Cosy TaleKnit the City

iPayPhone Yarn Bomb - The Dapper Toad

iPayPhone Yarn Bomb – The Dapper Toad

(See, how can you not giggle  a little at that?)

Look for a local yarn bombing group in your town or if there isn’t one, start one! Send us your yarn bombs and check out these and other yarn bomby goodness on our Craft Trends Pinboard.

Yarn Bombing the Broadway Bridge

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Here in Portland, the Broadway Bridge turned 100 today. And to celebrate, 150 volunteer knitters created a huge yarn bomb installation to bring some extra color to our bridge. It includes 4 giant yarn bomb blankets, each measuring 18 x 21 feet. At the end of the month, these blankets will be taken down, divided up, washed, and donated. The volunteer knitters used 100% Superwash Merino Wool, so the blankets will be very warm.

Broadway Bridge Portland Yarn Bomb

When the Broadway bridge went up in 1913, it was the longest bridge in existence. It crosses the Willamette River on the north side of Portland, Oregon and has since seen a brand new streetcar line go over it.

Have you seen any great yarn bombs recently?

For more information, and the Youtube video, head over to KOIN 6.

T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf

Learn how to cut your own t-shirt yarn and arm knit an infinity scarf!

I love t-shirt redos because they’re always super cheap and rewarding. When I heard that you could cut strips of t-shirts to create your own “yarn”, I knew I had to give it a try. It’s quick and easy to create your own yarn, your cuts don’t need to be straight, nothing has to be measured, you can just go! I sat around with my t-shirt yarn for a while, wondering what I could make out of it. A lot of people crochet rugs or pot holders and I love the chunky look, but I wanted something to wear. Then, I found this video for arm knitting, and I thought this would be a perfect way to show off my homemade yarn:

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Simply Maggie

What You Need:

  • 2 XL T-Shirts (I used 2 of the same color, but you could mix and match for a colorblocked look.)
  • Scissors

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