DIY: 21 INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS FOR USING T SHIRT YARN

inspirational t shirt yarn ideasOK, so it’s fair to say I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with making T Shirt yarn. The next question of course is what to use it for! I’ve been browsing the interwebs for inspiration and thought I’d share a few ideas with you, just in case, you know, I’m not the only obsessive in the room….

t shirt yarn ideas

These chunky knit cushions are right near the top of my “To do” list.  A simple knit/purl square on chunky needles with a linen backing. What could possibly go wrong, right?! The ubiquitous T Shirt necklace deserves a mention here. This clutch bag, from what I can gather is knitted from lengths of rubber. No reason it couldn’t work in T Shirt yarn instead though…

t shirt yarn ideas

The idea of a cosy blanket knitted on chunky needles appeals to me right now (instructions here); and I can see potential in this tutorial for crocheted cord being used in a jewelery piece or perhaps as handles for a bag? Now I know this rug is not made from t shirt yarn but a) its lush so I just had to share (and there are other delicious yarn art examples in this post) and b) the concept/technique could surely be applied on a smaller scale with T Shirt yarn?

t shirt yarn ideas

I love copper, grey and simplicity. So this necklace tutorial particularly floats my boat. Again there are other tutorials included in this post from Brit +Co. Love this knitted tote pattern from Daily Fix and surely T Shirt yarn lends itself perfectly to macrame hanging plant holders. Several examples in this post from Censational Girl.

t shirt yarn ideas

I mean seriously, how delicious do these knitted floor cushions look? No tute, but the idea would be simple enough to replicate? I can think of a multitude of uses for these crochet baskets (tutorial here from nimi design.com) and this macrame wall hanging has a simple charm. I’m thinking the technique could also be adapted to form a decorative element for a T Shirt refashion (party in the back anyone?)  or maybe to create a cute string grocery bag?

t shirt yarn ideas

Spoiler alert! Rugs are at the forefront of my plans. This spiral rug from A Beautiful Mess, crochet rug from WhollyKao and woven rug from Viva Le Jar, all employ different techniques to equally cool ends…none use T Shirt yarn but….you could, right?

t shirt yarn ideas

This knitted rug pattern from Purl Bee could surely be adapted for T Shirt yarn. This free pattern for a crochet basket from Ravelry calls for 12mm cotton yarn so could be doable and I like the effect of this rope trivet from Design Sponge. I can’t help but think this nautical style of knotting could be fun to try too…

t shirt yarn ideas

Another slightly more simple knitted bag. I think even I could manage this one. I love the effect of this idea from Oleander & Palm. Simple lengths of coloured yarn hung in volume to great effect; and a random woven belt design that I came across that could totally work!

So, I hope that gives you a few ideas of what to do with your squidgy balls of jersey goodness! I’ve started playing around with knitting mine and have a few ideas in the works….watch this space!

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8 Comments

  1. Bobbi February 21, 2015

    Well, darn it, now I want to make a bunch of tee shirt yarn because those cushions look so comfortable…and the rugs…and the plant hangers…all of it looks not only cool but fun to make and fast. Looks like I’ll be raiding my honey’s shirt drawer for things to cut up!

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    • portia February 22, 2015

      I’m madly scavenging for more tees too Bobbi, lol 😉

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  2. charlotte February 22, 2015

    oh lovely, favs are plant pot holders and belt! My mission this year is to beable to knit or crochet something I can wear. I’ve got a long way to go!

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    • portia February 22, 2015

      Ha ha Charlotte! You and me both! Never finished a knitted garment yet! Maybe this’ll be or year 😉
      Px

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  3. jossie October 17, 2015

    I just attended an event and I was learning about t- shirt yarn.
    I found it very fascinating and I decided to look it up.
    I am glad I did.
    Cheer…

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  4. Stephanie June 27, 2016

    The rugs are beautiful! Thanks for this list! I am on the lookout for more things to make with t-shirt yarn after making a bag and loving it. 🙂

    http://alostsnail.com/2016/06/27/old-t-shirts-get-a-new-life/

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  5. Tracey pocknall September 12, 2017

    I’m struggling to find wool shops that stock t shirt yarn they all look at me a bit funny when I ask if they stock it. Can I use a chunky wool instead of t shirt yarn?

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    • Portia Lawrie September 25, 2017

      Give it a go! I’d say super chunky though. Px

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