T-shirt material can be turned into string or yarn that is very useful for many crafts. A T-shirt can be turned into many yards of T-shirt yarn and recycled into crafts. Scrap material from T-shirt crafts can also be recycled into T-shirt string that can be used rather than let go to waste. This article will detail how to make T-shirt string.
Start by selecting material to turn into string. T-shirt material and similar material makes good string, with the only requirement being that the cut ends of the cloth will curl over. T-shirts, some performance shirts, some polo shirts, and many stretchy or lightweight pants will make good quality T-shirt string. Make sure the cloth is still durable; test for durability while making the T-shirt string.
Cut into the T-shirt and begin cutting around the bottom just above the hem. When you are about half a foot from where you started cutting, angle up into the T-shirt so that when you reach the initial cut, you are cutting parallel about two inches up. Continue cutting around the shirt until you reach the sleeves or armholes, and terminate the T-shirt yarn. Turn the remaining material into strips of T-shirt yarn. You are left with the collar and sleeves. Recycle the sleeves into T-shirt yarn or other useful crafts. The collar does not have much use, but can also be used as T-shirt yarn. As a general rule, any material that can be cut around a circle can make a continuous strip, while any scrap over a foot long can make pieces of yarn. Try to avoid cutting diagonally across T-shirt cloth as that is the only way the cloth does not curl.
T-shirt yarn made from sleeves and pants legs is made in a very similar way, except you will always be angling your cut upwards due to the quick acceleration of the spiral. If you can see a pinch point ahead, cut the yarn slightly thinner to anticipate those points. When making T-shirt yarn, test the material first. If there are holes in the T-shirt and the cloth tears easily, or if the T-shirt yarn snaps under moderate pressure, then the material is not good for making T-shirt yarn and should be used as rags.
You now have reliable and useful T-shirt string that is useful for multiple purposes, obtained free from waste material. Uses of T-shirt string include staking up garden plants, holding up removable leg warmers, and tying trees to stakes. T-shirt yarn is very versatile and useful for multiple purposes and is a valuable resource.