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Pasthyme
True Blue Farmgirl

99 Posts

Gail
Mountain View AR
99 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2013 :  3:45:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anybody made anything with 'tee shirt yarn'? I went to the thrift shop and bought a bag of bright colored cotton tees (with no side seams) for $2 a bag.
I cut them into long continuous strips (around and around, pulled to stretch it into yarn and rolled it into balls.
Now I am crocheting a rug out of the tee shirts. It is coming out really nice and colorful.

www.thealteredego.webs.com

Heather B
True Blue Farmgirl

562 Posts

Heather
Longmont Colorado
USA
562 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2013 :  4:22:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very cool! I want to try that. I have a few cold spots in my house on the hardwoods during the winter that could really benefit from a rug or two. What size needle are you using?

Heather

http://homesteadincity.blogspot.com/
http://littlehouseonthebumper.blogspot.com/ (My "glamper" page)

"Only your real friends tell you when your face is dirty"
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KathyC
True Blue Farmgirl

583 Posts

Kathy
Gastonia NC
USA
583 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2013 :  7:23:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I want to try this. I have a few balls of "yarn" cut and balled up and lots of t shirts still to cut. How wide did you cut your strips and what size hook are you using? Are you using a pattern or just making it up as you go?

I also keep a ball of this in my gardening basket to tie up plants.

Thanks
Kathy
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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

2401 Posts

Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
2401 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2013 :  8:11:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just finished one. I will try to get a picture on here maybe tomorrow. Mine I cut into 1 inch strips continuous. I used a size N hook and made it rectangular. I did not use a pattern, as I design most everything I make. I will try to get a picture on here tomorrow for all of you.

Janet
Farmgirl Sister #3340

http://hardatworkcrafts.blogspot.com

http://Jan49829.etsy.com
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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Jan 06 2013 :  07:55:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I made this rug last summer for my Glamper. This picture shows it half done. I love how fast these rugs work up and they go through the wash very nicely.

http://studiodiphotosite.shutterfly.com/
farmgirl sister #922

I am trying to be the person my dogs think I am.

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
- E. B. White
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Heather B
True Blue Farmgirl

562 Posts

Heather
Longmont Colorado
USA
562 Posts

Posted - Jan 06 2013 :  07:59:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diane, I like your hexagon rug. Did you make that out of a heavy yarn, fabric or T-shirt material?

Heather

http://homesteadincity.blogspot.com/
http://littlehouseonthebumper.blogspot.com/ (My "glamper" page)

"Only your real friends tell you when your face is dirty"
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cajungal
True Blue Farmgirl

2348 Posts

Catherine Farmgirl Sister #76
Houston Area Texas
2348 Posts

Posted - Jan 06 2013 :  5:29:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the t-shirt yarn idea.

Love your rug, too, Diane.

One of the best compliments from one of my daughters: "Moma, you smell good...like dirt."
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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Jan 06 2013 :  7:29:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made it out of T-shirt yarn (Tarn).

http://studiodiphotosite.shutterfly.com/
farmgirl sister #922

I am trying to be the person my dogs think I am.

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
- E. B. White
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Pasthyme
True Blue Farmgirl

99 Posts

Gail
Mountain View AR
99 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2013 :  5:52:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made an oval rug from bright colored tees and put it in for sale in my store. I have been making rag rugs from strips of cotton fabric. I just made this using the same pattern, but from tee shirts. I found all the info I need online. There are some You Tube videos that explain how to do it. I am not one to come up with ideas, but I take other peoples ideas and run with it.
I love the picture that is posted here. They do come out really pretty, and that is a pretty rug.


www.thealteredego.webs.com
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sunflowercritters
True Blue Farmgirl

1101 Posts

Debra
Springfield Maine
USA
1101 Posts

Posted - Feb 05 2013 :  04:53:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh! Have been teaching my friends and teens to make there own rug for there home. They are having a blast....makes nice rugs tee shirt...
have fun..there is allot on utube on crochet rugs.
Deb

I Thessalonians 5:16,17
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Deb-farmgirl sister #462
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Be like a Sunflower, Turn your Face to the Son.
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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Feb 05 2013 :  11:27:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

This is a T-shirt yarn (Tarn) rug I made for a local dog rescue fund-raiser.

I also found a video that has a really easy way to cut T-shirts into strips. So much faster than going round and round. Check it out!
http://www.relevedesign.com/how-to-cut-continuous-t-shirt-yarn/

http://studiodiphotosite.shutterfly.com/
farmgirl sister #922

I am trying to be the person my dogs think I am.

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
- E. B. White
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lovinRchickens
True Blue Farmgirl

2819 Posts

Kelly
Pipe Creek Texas
USA
2819 Posts

Posted - Feb 05 2013 :  1:10:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh that is too cute Diane. Going to take a look at your how-to as well.

Blessings
~Kelly~
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KathyC
True Blue Farmgirl

583 Posts

Kathy
Gastonia NC
USA
583 Posts

Posted - Feb 05 2013 :  9:08:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love that rug Diane!
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HodgeLodge
True Blue Farmgirl

660 Posts

Tiana
Berkeley Springs WV
USA
660 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2013 :  04:26:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice Diane on both accounts. I have the crochet needle to do just haven't done it yet. My daughter for her bday wanted me to sew all her tshirts together to make a quilt. That turned out nice. Sorry no pics.

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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2013 :  09:17:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, I have made rugs using t-shirts before (crocheted). Now I am making another project with old t-shirts.

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Recycle Ideas: http://scrapreusedandrecycledartprojects.blogspot.com/
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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2013 :  10:04:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kristina,
What is the other project? Or, is it a secret?

http://studiodiphotosite.shutterfly.com/
farmgirl sister #922

I am trying to be the person my dogs think I am.

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
- E. B. White
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mrssarahhall
True Blue Farmgirl

1162 Posts

Sarah
Longmont Colorado
USA
1162 Posts

Posted - Oct 18 2013 :  07:47:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How fun! I have been into making things from tshirts too. I have used them to make what I would call rag rugs, where I didn't pull it to curl the fabric, but crocheted with it to have messey edges, and have done some rugs where I pulled the material to curl it as well. I have also made pot holders and chair mats with it. Have fun! :)

Sarah
Farmgirl # 5223

All good things are wild and free- Henry David Thoreau

A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are a little cracked.
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

2967 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
2967 Posts

Posted - Oct 18 2013 :  07:58:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I plan to instruct my crochet students how to make tarn in one of the last sessions of this semester. The school which hosts the after school program I teach in has a large emphasis on environmental care and integrity. I think this demonstration would be a good fit.

Marie, Sister #5142

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
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Cozynana
True Blue Farmgirl

1123 Posts

Kem

1123 Posts

Posted - Oct 18 2013 :  11:40:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marie, I would be interested in what your program teaches and activites you do in your afternoon program. Our town is trying to start one networking with one of the local churches.
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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Nov 21 2013 :  1:19:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Didn't know there was a name for t-shirt yarn! Learn something everyday! I have a couple of balls made up and have several more to get cut and rolled. Can't wait to start the project. ~Betty~

~ Betty ~
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Pokeyfire
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Kerry
Alamogordo New Mexico
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Oct 17 2015 :  2:43:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi ladies,
I realize it has been a few years since anyone has posted here but, I was wondering about the T-shirt projects you have been working on since then. Any pictures or new ideas to share?
I hope to learn to crochet soon. Would using "Tarn" be too difficult to learn with?
I am excited about using old t-shirts for different projects. They are so comfy before you even start. :0)

Kerry
Farmgirl #6712

Rain soothes the soul. Sunshine makes everything right.
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

2967 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
2967 Posts

Posted - Oct 18 2015 :  09:04:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
T-shirt yarn is a little tricky to learn with. What I like about it is the stitches are big enough that one can actually see how the loops fit together. My advice is as follows:

When the t-shirts are cut, make the continuous strip no wider than 1" to 1.5".
Pick shirts with no or very little silk screening on them.
Go for as close to 100% cotton as possible.
When crocheting, get the largest hook you can - a Q hook.
Use the entire shirt, even the hems, ribs and sleeves.

I have some experience using this material for projects. I have taught kids how to make it and they really love it.

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Oct 18 2015 :  11:42:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is the best way to cut a continuous strip from a t-shirt to make yarn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq7JX-s0Peo

http://studiodiphotosite.shutterfly.com/
farmgirl sister #922

I am trying to be the person my dogs think I am.

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
- E. B. White
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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Oct 18 2015 :  11:43:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am currently making a big rug from t-shirts. I will post photo later.

http://studiodiphotosite.shutterfly.com/
farmgirl sister #922

I am trying to be the person my dogs think I am.

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
- E. B. White
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Pokeyfire
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Kerry
Alamogordo New Mexico
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Oct 20 2015 :  3:07:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Churunga. Very helpful information. :0) I am so excited about making something with the t-shirt yarn. But, I guess I should learn how to crochet first. :0( Well at least I can begin to scavenge for t-shirts in colors I like for future projects.

Thanks for the video link Fiddlehead. That was my next question. :0) I can't wait to see your rug. Seems like a perfect project for Tarn.



Pokeyfire
Farmgirl #6712

Rain soothes the soul. Sunshine makes everything right.
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