Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Upcycling: t-shirt yarn braided coasters

Have you ever heard of t-shirt yarn? Recently, I came across a few projects that used old t-shirts cut up into strips and used as yarn. I may try that someday, but in the meantime, I decided to use the t-shirts and make coasters.

To make these coasters, all you need are old t-shirts and a needle and thread.
Cut up the t-shirts into strips by cutting the t-shirt from the bottom into a continuous circle until you have a desired length. The strips for these coasters were approximately 1 yard.

Braid the strips and tie off with thread.
Roll the braid into a circle and stitch the bottom side together. Tuck the end under the bottom side and stitch securely.

Note:  If you want to knit or crochet with the t-shirt yarn pull your strips lengthwise and they will form tubes resembling yarn. It’s amazing – try it.

If you have the time, t-shirts and patience, you can keep the circle going and make a rug.

I don’t have any of the above so I'm stopping at coasters.




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39 comments:

  1. Amazing! I am completely floored, I have hundreds (it seems like) of tshirts I haven't been able to get rid of because I knew there was SOMETHING I could do with them.... this is perfect!

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  2. Those are SO pretty! Thanks for the great idea, I'll be linking.

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  3. Great idea as ever. I just upcycling some kids jumpers and made some little pillows out of them. If you like, have a look here http://hoergis-design.blogspot.com/2011/01/hier-nun-endlich.html I haven't jet taken a picture of the elephant pillow but will do soon. Even the post is in German, you will understand what I did. It's pretty easy.

    Have fun and thanks for sharing. ines

    PS: A happy new year to you.

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  4. I was just talking about making a t-shirt braided rug!! Maybe we should start with the coasters first!!!

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  5. Creative! I would have never thought of this. I have a bucket of old t-shirts...I need to put them to work!

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  6. What a fun idea and we always seem to have tshirts with a hole or two in them. Now I know that to save them for.

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  7. This is such a great idea! I make bunny stuffed dolls with my collection of tees. This is such a fun idea, and eco-friendly as well.

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  8. Wow! Excellent way to upcycle old t-shirts and I wish I had the patience to try for a rug! Thanks for sharing at Gettin' Krafty With It!

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  9. I started a project like this once...with the plan to make a small bathroom rug....yeah...its still not done. :) Just sitting in a box. I should at least make coasters with it...that would be faster and easier!

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  10. these are great. Thanks for linking up at Trendy Treehouse

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  11. Those are awesome!! And a great way to use up the scraps of knit fabric left over from t-shirt refashions.

    I linked to your tutorial at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-braided-t-shirt-knit-coasters/2011/01/06/

    --Anne

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  12. Great idea! I made t-shirt quilts so I always have scraps. Some I've knitted into rugs. Others, my daughter used to make friendship bracelets. I'm always looking for new uses! Thanks!

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  13. wonderful and it looks like fun to do also. Thanks for the tutorial. Linda

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  14. those are beautiful great job :)

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  15. This is so clever! I had to make some right away! My version, linked to you here: http://crafty-side.blogspot.com/2011/01/t-shirt-coasters.html
    Thanks for the idea!

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  16. How pretty! What a great way to use old t-shirts.

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  17. What a great way to re-purpose old T-shirts. The aqua with the white looks cute.
    http://tencowchick.com

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  18. Those are really fun! Way to re-purpose!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  19. This is great!! I love upcycling old objects!!

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  20. what an amazing DIY im going to do some of thesem thank you for sharing.

    Zoe

    http://blessedbeeapothecary.blogspot.com/

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  21. What a neat look! Thanks for sharing! :D
    Thanks for linking up to Craftify It Thursday!
    Hope your having a great weekend!
    Jennifer

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  22. I love this! I just added it to my to do list. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. These look great! and yes you could make a rug, but crocheting one with T-shirt yarn is so much easier and less tedious! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling sunday!

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  24. Just found your wonderful blog! I love this idea! If you have a moment would you drop in on Wednesdays and link up to All Things Inspired? Your ideas are exactly the kinds I'd so love to share w/ my readers!
    Love it~
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  25. This is a great project. If it's OK with you, I think I'll spotlight it in my GreenStitch podcast this weekend, linking back to your blog? Sound OK? I saw the post on Facebook earlier this week and have been dying for the weekend to arrive so I could go home and cut up old T-shirts! :-)

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  26. I'm sitting here braiding together a white, a black, and a red T-shirt. And we have the football game on. And the Atlanta Falcons (in red, black, and white) just scored a touchdown. Coincidence? I think not! ;-)

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  27. Great idea! I'll share this with my readers tomorrow!

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  28. Creative! I would have never thought of this. I have a bucket of old t-shirts...I need to put them to work!

    Cool Sweatshirts

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  29. i have linked to you here :)
    http://makeitdear.blogspot.com/2011/04/tutoraialdiy-r-o-u-n-d-u-p.html

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  30. You have such wonderful ideas! :) You were already stumbled so I didn't add any tags! :)

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  31. Great idea!!! I've pinned this. Thanks for sharing...

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  32. Wow! So simple and so cute. What a great way to use old t-shirts. Much better than throwing them out.

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