More Recycling: T-Shirt Yarn

I seem to be in a recycling mood.  In addition to bags of bags, I also have bags of out grown and worn out t-shirts from the kids as well as myself and my husband.  I have a plan for these as well…t-shirt yarn…to weave into rag rugs for in front of the kitchen sink and in the bathrooms.


Poor Mickey!

This was one of my son’s favorite shirts and he wore it relentlessly until now it is too small for him.  I used this youtube video to learn how to turn the t-shirt into yarn easily.  The person in the video says to stay away from any shirt with stuff on the front and to also not use shirts with side seams.  I am not heeding that advice and am just using all of them.  I don’t think it really matters since these are being used for a rug.


One continuous length of t-shirt.

After cutting off the hem, I just used the rotary cutter to cut 1″ strips and followed the rest of the directions on the video to create a length of “yarn”.IMG_1198

The left over – I wonder what I can use this for?  Any ideas?IMG_1201

Now there are four balls of t-shirt yarn.  I better get the loom warped up soon!IMG_1202

The stack of top halves has grown as well.  Hmm…I need to figure out what to do with them.

Recycling – Plastic Bags

Working on the Blue Jeans quilt where I am recycling our old jeans, has put me in the mood to do more recycling.  I hang on to “things” such as plastic bags.  I have many bags of bags (hoarding anyone?) with the intention of crocheting them into reusable shopping bags.  About a week ago I started prepping and cutting the strips and started a bag.


The kids love this bread.

I have gobs of these bread bags, also wheat bread bags, newspaper bags, the old plastic grocery bags etc.  So…I started cutting them into strips!


These are about 1″ strips.

I use the first knuckle on my thumb as the guide which is about an inch.


Connected together.

Once the strip are cut, they are connected together.


Lots connected.

Here are the strips from a couple of bags all attached together.


Rolled up!

Rolled up into a ball.  Now, though, I don’t bother rolling the strips into balls.  I just attach to the piece I am working on and leave them all next to me and crochet them like that.


A start.

Here is the start.  I am a bit farther along now.  It will be interesting to see how this bag turns out in the end and if it will be as useful as I am hoping.