20 T-Shirt Yarn Projects That Are Simple & Fun

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T-shirt yarn is a great way to make new projects from old t-shirts. Here are 20 simple t-shirt yarn projects that make great gifts or handmade crafts.

In a millions years, I never would have thought to upcycle old tshirts into yarn! People are so smart.

All of these projects are super smart too, there are so many things you can make with jersey knit yarn!

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Tshirt Yarn Projects

Simply click on the project title to be taken to the step-by-step tutorial.

1. How to Make T-Shirt Yarn from Endlessly Inspired

Recycle your old t-shirts into yarn! You can use t-shirt yarn to make jewelry, rugs, bags, coasters, and lots more!

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

2. Tshirt Yarn Headband from The Crafty Blog Stalker

Reuse that old shirt and make a fashionable headband you'll love to wear! Below is the tshirt headband tutorial with video.

tshirt headband

3. Braided Belt from Delia Creates

Want another great way to use old T-shirts? Well…how about a braided belt? It’s pretty easy. The part that takes the most time is the braiding really.

braided belt

4. Braided Rug Coasters from Mom It Forward

Did your grandma have braided rag rugs when you were little? Mine did, I loved them! Every time I see one, I get nostalgic for my grandparents' house.

Braided Rug Coasters

5. T-Shirt Bracelets by A Girl and a Glue Gun

These are made out of t-shirt material. It’s awesome and stretchy and doesn’t fray and you can hot glue the crap out it!

T-Shirt Bracelets

6. Dog Chew Toy from Old Tshirts from The CRafty Blog Stalker

Make a dog chew toy using your old t-shirts for your furry friend.

Dog Chew Toy

7. Trivets from T-Shirt Yarn from The Tip Toe Fairy

Does anyone ever have enough hot pads or potholders or trivets for the kitchen? I know I never do.  I’m always having to fold up kitchen towels to put hot dishes on the table or the counter.

Trivets from T-Shirt Yarn

8. Finger Knitted Necklace from I Love to Create

To add a little "punch" to this tutorial I decided to tie-dye a t-shirt and use that instead of yarn! OH! Did I mention we are making yarn also? Yipee!

Finger Knitted Necklace

9. T-Shirt Pom Poms from Craftaholics Anonymous

Learn how to turn old t-shirts into pom poms! Tshirt Pom Poms are so much more durable than tissue paper ones. And I think they look loads better!

T-Shirt Pom Poms

10. Infinity Necklace from The Thinking Closet

Well, I’m on a kick with the infinity t-shirt scarves, it seems…because this is my second one in two days.  I guess I’m just too lazy to make a craft store run when I can just raid my closet for supplies.

Infinity Necklace

11. DIY Rag Rug from Sustain My Craft Habit

At the top of my crafting bucket list are things like: crochet, quilting, pottery, and yes, a DIY rag rug.  I may never become an expert in all these things but I will at least have given them a try at some point.

DIY Rag Rug

12. T-Shirt Yarn Crochet Basket from Urbaki

Baskets are such a versatile item with so many applications. From a simple key bowl to a new project basket. These delicious baskets are created with a jersey knit fabric, they can be found in many online stores or your local yarn shop. I have seen some crafters create their own from old shirts.

T-Shirt Yarn Crochet Basket

13. TShirt Yarn Hanging Basket from One Dog Woof

If your family is anything like mine, you’ve got stuff. Stuffed stuffs that keep multiplying in your house like rabbits because your kids seem to collect anything soft, squishy and stuffed. And even if you didn’t have mountains of stuff you’ll want to store stuff in this modern and clean-looking t-shirt yarn hanging basket.

TShirt Yarn Hanging Basket

14. Chunky Woven Bath Mat from A Beautiful Mess

Shopping for bath mats isn’t the most glamorous way to spend an afternoon, but spending a few hours enjoying your new favorite hobby with the outcome being a custom woven piece of pure joy to step on sure is.

Chunky Woven Bath Mat

15. Crochet Stool Cover from Micha Makes

A few years ago my husband and I bought a couple plain counter-height stools for some space-saving seating in our kitchen. They have definitely served their purpose over the years, but they are not very comfortable and they certainly leave something to be desired style-wise. I decided it was time for some DIY.

Crochet Stool Cover

16. T-Shirt Yarn Bracelets from Blue Bear Wood

These fun and colourful t-shirt yarn bracelets are super chic, easy to make and best of all cheap. The perfect thrifty Summer accessory for kids and adults. Great for the beach, holidays, parties, going out, hanging out and of course festivals.


17. Grab and Go Tote from Hands Occupied

Motivated by some nice spring weather, I whipped up this design when I was feeling the need to do some warm weather crochet one night. What can I say? There was cute t-shirt yarn in my stash that had been calling my name all winter!

grab n go tote

18. Tassel Keychain with Tshirt Yarn from Creative Jewish Mom

I just love t-shirt yarn, and never to waste any. These examples are just my first attempts, and I'm sure with the addition of a little sparkle or a wooden bead or two things could get even cuter!

tassel keychain

19. Finger Weaved Necklace from Repeat Crafter Me

Here is a project that is great for kids, tweens, teens and adults! Finger weaving (also referred to as finger knitting) is a simple way of forming a complex looking braid. I am going to show you how to finger weave a necklace, but you could make a bracelet or a variety of other projects!

Finger Waved Necklace

20. T-shirt Yarn Dreamcatcher from Along Came Cherry

This dreamcatcher tutorial really is so easy, you can knock one up in no time and customise it to match your colour scheme.

t shirt yarn dreamcatcher

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