What do you do with old t-shirts? I used to just dump them off at Good Will. Now that I am sewing and fiending for more fabric, I want to hang on to every thread.
I have a ton of old t-shirts. I guess everyone does. I wanted to go through all the old ones from my travels and trips and cut them up. However, I couldn't. I love all my old t-shirts. So I dug through garbage bags of my old clothes and found some stained shirts to use. It was pretty easy to make t-shirt yarn or TARN.
1. Cut the shirt off at the arm pits. The bigger, the more fabric you will have. I believe this t-shirt is 2 XL. From my days of oil painting, I often kept a lot of clothes just to paint in. I kept the top of the shirt. For what? No clue yet.
2. Measure your cuts.
Thin t-shirt: 1 and a half inches
Medium thickness: an inch
Thin: 3/4 of an inch
I ended up just making my cuts on the inch mark. I started out cutting with scissors but switched to a rotary cutter with a metal ruler. Don't worry if the edges are ragged and uneven. You cut to the edge of the "other side" and then STOP. You want to leave a connect strip so you can have a continuous roll of tarn.
I didn't worry if I had stains and text on the shirt. At this point I was just experimenting so I wasn't too worried about the final result.
2. Don't do this. Somehow, I got my tarn bunched up. You basically want to take an end and cut diagonally so you have a straight strand of thread. Keep going. Then, PULL and tug on the fabric so it curves. I did this as I wound my tarn into a ball.(Confused? Try http://textiles4you.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-to-make-tarn-t-shirt-yarn.html)