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Published on July 9th, 2009 | by Kelly Rand


Yearn Worthy Yarn: T-shirts

So you’ve got your Generation-T book and you know how to transform your old tees without using fusibles, but have you made or used t-shirt yarn?

Check out these three Etsy sellers that have some amazing t-shirt yarns. All are cut in one continuous line from old tees and transformed into yarn.

T-shirt yarn can be a bit stretchy and it can shed due to the material is was cut from, so be aware. T-shirts also don’t produce much yardage, but it is a fun yarn and an interesting way to reuse an unwanted t-shirt.

Bella Flower and Implexus offer a small selection of hearty t-shirt yarn. I especially like the soft pink yarn from Implexus.

North Street Crochet is offering a great deal to help get more yardage for a project. This Earth Tones package comes with over 200 yards of t-shirt yarn in a nice mix of deep earthy colors.

[Image of Earth Tones, by North Street Crochet]

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About the Author

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting. Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.

7 Responses to Yearn Worthy Yarn: T-shirts

  1. Amy says:

    I love the idea of recycling a t-shirt into yarn!

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  4. Nicole says:

    Gorgeous… might have a red t-shirt that I will have to try this out on.

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  6. MikesRecycledTShirtYarn says:


    My apologies to anyone that visited North Street Crochet to see my Recycled T Shirt Yarn. I moved my yarns from North Street Crochet to a new shop beginning in January 2011. The new shop is dedicated solely to my Recycled T Shirt Yarns and other items made from T Shirts.

    The new shop is called Mikes T Shirt Yarn (MikesTShirtYarn) and is located one Etsy here:

    Please stop by and have a look around.

    Thank you,


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