How to Make T shirt Yarn

Have some old t-shirts laying around that you don’t know what to do with? Bored with the color, style or don’t want to wear it because it screams 1996?

Recycle that oldie into something better by making t shirt yarn!

I’ve used t-shirt yarn most recently for projects such as, crochet dish scrubbers, pencil holders and it makes a great rug to lay out for when you come inside with snowy boots.

Supplies Needed

  • 1 Clean T-shirt (Make sure the t-shirt has no seams on the sides)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Yeah, it’s that simple!


Step 1: Lay t-shirt out flat on a table or the floor.

T-shirt Yarn Step 1I used an old work shirt of my husbands. Since he was no longer with that company, he no longer needed the neon green safety shirt!

Step 2: Cut the shirt straight across under the arms and also cut the very bottom off to remove any spots where there are seams.

T-shirt Yarn Step 2

Dispose of the top and bottom and keep the middle. (You don’t really have to dispose of it if you can find something else to make with it of course!)

Step 3: Grab the side of the t-shirt closest to you and fold it up to where it is an inch below the other side.  Cut strips about an inch wide.  When you cut, be sure to cut barely past the top part of what you folded over. (Hopefully this picture will help you out)

Perfectionism isn’t possible here. I’m pretty sure my lines were not even.

Step 4: Unfold your creation and grab your project at the connected part. Now we are going to separate it so that it forms a continuous loop. To do this, cut diagonally. I actually drew a line on this picture to show you better.

Tshirt Yarn Step 4You should be left with a continuous, long, single strip of fabric.

Step 5: Start at the beginning of the fabric and pull to make yarn. The tighter you pull, the more skinny the yarn gets. If you have a section that you accidentally didn’t cut as thick, be careful pulling that part too hard as it will tear if too thin!

T-shirt Yarn Step 5This part also is messy. As I pulled I had little remnants of the fabric falling all around. I like to call it “t-shirt dust.”

Step 6: Wind your new yarn into a ball

Finished T-shirt YarnVoila! You just made t-shirt yarn! Now you have to go make something with it. Here is a picture of a dish scrubbie I made. Excuse the dirty sink – but I wanted to show how the faucet handle holds it nicely! Dish scrubbies and rugs are awesome to make with this yarn because of the texture and heaviness of the yarn.

T-shirt Yarn Dish ScrubbiePlease be sure to let me know what you decide to make with your t shirt yarn! I also welcome any pictures!

You may also enjoy this plarn tutorial.


  1. Amanda, you are so creative! Now I know what to do with my old T-shirts :) what a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I haven’t quit figured out the last cut yet but I made a small dishrag. Love how it crochets. Thank you for sharing such a neat idea.

    1. You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I can’t get the cut (diagonal) to make a continuous strip!!!! I just get a LOOP!! What am I doing wrong?

    1. If you are getting a loop, try to cut the next one over to the right instead of the one you have been cutting. That might help out. Then cut at the very end to make it one long strand before you begin pulling.

  4. I would love to make a rug out of old t shirts but what size needle do I need to use .

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