You might remember my post about a future recycled project, well here I am starting to gather a bit more yarn for the project. I really want to recycle some of my older t-shirt tops and have a couple that will fit the colours of the project I have in mind. So I thought while I did that I would make a quick tutorial for you...
1. Wash your old t-shirts and leave them to dry.
2. Lay out one of the t-shirts flat on a table, giving yourself enough room to work.
3. Take a sharp pair of scissors and cut a small cut up the side seam of one side.
4. For my yarn I didn't want the width to be any thicker than just above the hem width, so I started to cut along this imaginary line right around the bottom edge of the t-shirt until I got to about 2-3cm from the side seam where I started. I have chosen to work with the hem seam, as my project is crochet... you may wish to cut the hem line off if it interferes with you aesthetic.
5. I then cut further along the side seam, so that I could make a cut along the width of the t-shirt going back in the direction from the way I have cut across the hem.
6. Cut across the width of the t-shirt in the same way working your way up to a point where you can no longer cut fabric to make your yarn. usually armholes and necklines will dictate this.
Watch the yarn grow!
7. When you have finished ball up your yarn and cut any remaining decoration from the neckline that might be of use to a future project. In this case the shoulder beading might work great as a detail on my project.
Have a wonderful day... Sara x