Turning my old T-shirts into fabric yarn and crocheting a basket from that same fabric yarn was a real fun thing to do. Before I started this project I’d been saving up my old T-shirts but couldn’t figure out what to do with them. My T-shirts were all worn out and had gotten little holes in them (do you get that? I am sure we don’t have moths so where do the little holes come from?).
I had also been wondering about Zpagetti. Zpagetti is made by Hoooked, a Dutch company. Over at Hoooked they turn leftover textile material into fabric yarn to be used for crocheting. Crocheting with recycled textile yarn gives crafts a very rugged look which I really like. Since I recently taught myself how to crochet, I was dying to try to crochet with Zpagetti.
So I came up with an idea: why not make my own fabric yarn? All in all, old T-shirts are textile leftovers too, right? So on a cozy outdoor weekend away with my family in law, I sat on the couch at night next to the warm open fireplace. Nicely chatting while also cutting away in my old garments. And it worked! I created about 7 balls of fabric yarn and in the end I crocheted a very cool basket!
Let me explain how you can go about this DIY project yourself. First get your old T-shirts together. I used T-shirts in a variety of thicknesses and discovered that the ones that work best are a bit thick. They give my basket firmness. But if, let’s say, you are going to crochet a cushion, I guess the robustness doesn’t matter.
Secondly select the color palette you like best. As you can see I picked the greenish-blue ones, leaving out my old pink and white shirts. Then get your fabric scissors and cut your T-shirt round and round in approximately 2 cm broad cloth. Don’t be too precise, just go at it. Cut until you reach the arm pits. Then when you’re finished cutting, wind the yarn into a ball for easier crocheting.
Consequently you will need a hook that is fairly big. I used the 12 mm Jumbo hook that Hooked sells. It’s made from environmentally friendly bamboo. And lastly: you need an idea of what to make. As you can see I chose to make a basket. You’ll find the pattern right here.
If you have no idea how to crochet: I recently taught myself by watching YouTube videos. If you search “how to crochet”, you’ll find numerous tutorials. I picked the one with the voice I liked best. I have to admit this was time consuming DIY project. The cutting of T-shirts took me about 3 hours and the crocheting part about 2 hours (I am just a beginner, so it took me some hard thinking :-). So pick the right moment to start this project. A weekend away was the perfect timing for me.
So, what do you think? Will you be saving up your old T-shirt to crochet something as well?