Is it just me, or is jersey (t-shirt) yarn all over the place this summer? Don’t worry, I’m totally into it! Jersey yarn is perfect for summer, and can work up into fast, fun, chunky projects. Jersey yarn is also super affordable, especially if you make it yourself. Here’s how!
t-shirt without side seams
Iron your shirt so it lays nice and flat, particularly across the tummy of the shirt.
Trim the shirt straight across, right under the armpits of the shirt and right along the hem. You should now have a totally seamless tube of t-shirt.
Cut your tube into 1 inch strips, stopping about an inch before cutting through the far edge (the left side of my tube pictured below).
Trim one strip off at a diagonal, creating the first end of your yarn. Open up your folded edge and cut diagonally from one strip to the other. As you work, you’ll be creating a single strip of fabric.
When you reach the far end, trim the last tail off on the diagonal, creating the second end of the yarn.
The last step is to pull on your fabric, getting it to curl into a tube, like this…
See how much a little bit of stretching changes the fabric?
Then, you just ball it up and you’re ready to knit or crochet up an awesome project with a summery vibe!