The DeStash Diaries, Vol. 7—Too Tarn Hot!

June 29, 2010, 13:28 pm  Posted by needlearts

We’re having a little (that’s an understatement) heat wave in Asheville, so everyone is wearing knit Ts and tanks—as little we can get away with, honestly. But we all know that our fave knits eventually get too grungy to wear, so here’s an inventive repurposing project from AwareKnits™.

This “Save the Tees!” project is a complete DIYer, because you also make the “yarn”—affectionately known as “tarn”—from recycled Ts. Here’s how authors Vickie Howell and Adrienne Armstrong do it:

1. Get a pile of T-shirts. (Goodwill hunting is a great summer activity if you don’t have enough in your own stash.)
2. Cut off the sleeves and lay the T flat.

3. With a rotary cutter (fast!) or scissors (not quite so fast), cut each shirt into 1-inch (2.5-cm) strips. Perfection is optional. Snip each piece at a side seam, so it’s a strip and not a circle.

4. Stretch the strip so the edges curl a bit. (This is fun!)

5. Knot the strips together and roll. After you’ve got a yummy ball of yarn, you’re ready to crochet. Here are the instrux.

ball of tarn

The crafty ladies have some other suggestions for reusing Ts. If you’d like some other options, try a few of these ideas:

1. Sew a quilt out of concert tees. (I’ve been thinking about doing this for years.)
2. Knit a yoga bag.
3. Crochet a bed for your pet. (This may not be too popular with Banana, my loopy parakeet, but Ira G. might like it.)
4. Recover a chair cushion.
5. Make a café curtain with tees and fabric. (You could have fun embellishing this project with buttons and trims from your stash, too.)


9 Responses

    Sally says:

    Ooh can't wait to try this with some funky beads to make a bracelet…camo t-shirts and wood beads anyone?

    sy says:

    sounds like fun, i'll try it out.

    Cinderelish says:


    Homemakerhoney says:

    Great ideas for tees! Thanks!

    Vickie Howell says:

    If after you've made Save the Tees you're totally hooked, try this quickie, Tarn pot holder, too! http://vickiehowell.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-love

      Valerie says:

      Vickie, love that color!

    Francine says:

    I cut mine to 3/4 inch and then made a hooked rug with all the different colors. Very rustic two cats.

    Regards for helping out, fantastic information. “Courage comes and goes. Hold on for the next supply.” by Vicki Baum.

    Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great, as well as the content!

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