Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Make Your Own Rag Yarn

Make Your Own Rag Yarn

3/16/2012 12:29:22 PM
I want to share a cool way to repurpose old, worn shirts into what I call rag yarn. This “yarn” can then be used to knit, crochet, or even be braided and sewn into various craft projects. Old t-shirts or similar material work very well. I like to use stripes because they are easier to cut evenly, and make interesting color patterns.  Start by laying your old shirt out flat on a table top, keeping the front and back as even as possible.
 Lay shirt out flat
Next you want to cut the top off, cutting as close under the arms as you can.
Start cut under arm
cut completely off
Now cut the hem off.
cut off hem
You are left with a nice chunk of material that is basically a tube. Starting at the end, cut from what was the side of the shirt. Cut ¾ to 1 inch strips to within 1 ½ inches of the top.
cut strips
Do NOT cut completely off.
cut to within an inch and a half of the top
Repeat this, cutting strips the whole length of the piece.
Cut strips the entire way across
Now open the piece and lay the part that is still connected flat on your tabletop.Starting from the outside, you want to make DIAGONAL cuts from one slot to the next.
open uncut part and lay out flat
If you cut straight, you will not have one long piece, but lots of unconnected loops! Continue these cuts the entire way, ending the same way you started.
continue cutting in this manner the whole length
At end
Next to last cut
Last cut
If you did it right, you should have one long, continuous thin strip of material.
Long rag strip
Starting at one end of your strip, stretch it. When it is stretched, the material curls, resembling yarn.
stretch to curl into rag yarn
After I stretch it, I roll it into rag balls till I think I have enough for whatever project I have in mind.
rag yarn balls
You can make potholders, chair pads, rugs, and table runners…anything you can imagine!
come up with your own cool creations
It’s fun to color coordinate too, choosing shirts with colors that complement each other in your project. The top portion of your shirt can also be cut into rags to be used for cleaning, or for someone like my husband, into disposable grease rags. Give it a try, and see what you can come up with! 


Read more: http://www.grit.com/animals/make-your-own-rag-yarn.aspx#ixzz2hEckWOET