Check out our round up of the best T-Shirt Yarn projects and patterns on the internet.
But since T Shirt yarn is an uncommonly used yarn for crocheting, we will begin with, what is T shirt Yarn?
Crochet T-Shirt Yarn Projects
What can’t you make with it! It’s very versatile, comes in a host of colors, and can be used to crochet anything from bed spreads, rugs, bags, jewelry, home decor items, and of course even clothing.
What is T-Shirt Yarn?
T-Shirt Yarn is a crafting product made with the remnants of the textile industry. When a clothing company manufactures a t-shirt, or a bed spread, there is inevitably going to be leftover fabric.
The fabric that would otherwise go in a landfill is sliced up. Into strips, sewn together, and rolled into a skein for your crafting pleasure. It’s every bit as environmentally conscious as it is pretty.
The yarn is soft, but tough, and can take on the wear and tear of everyday life.
What does T-Shirt Yarn look like?
We’re glad you asked because that gives us the chance to show you some of the gorgeous colors, both in prints and solids. The yarn sort of curls in on itself, making for a very smooth rounded surface, like a cord.
Imagine you cut a strip an inch wide across the middle of a t-shirt and then pulled it tight. The raw edges don’t fray because it’s a knit fabric, and it has plenty of stretch while being super-soft.
Is T Shirt Yarn Eco-Friendly?
It’s a completely recycled material. We use the remnants of the textile industry and turn that excess fabric into something beautiful and usable. Everything one of our skeins has its own little story.
EPA studies show up to 4.5% of our landfills are still comprised of textile waste. 2.5 billion pounds of clothing and household textiles are recycled annually. It is estimated that this represents only 20% of all textile waste.
By using those leftover textiles to make t-shirt yarn, and by you then using that yarn to create your projects instead of another material, you are making a small but important impact towards reducing waste.
20+ things to make and crochet with T-Shirt Yarn
1. Dog Toy Made From Tshirt Pattern By Barkpost
Make a special handmade gift for your pet by repurposing your old shirt and turn it into something your dog will surely love. This dog toy made from t-shirt yarns can serve as a chew toy or maybe a distraction for your fur baby.
Get this Dog Toy Made From Tshirt Pattern By Barkpost here.
2. Free T-shirt Yarn Crochet Bag Pattern By thecraftpatchblog
If you have a few shirts you no longer use you can repurpose them and turn into a bag! For this bag pattern, you’ll be needing two t-shirts in different colors and faux leather handles.
This bag is so easy to make and customize! In fact, you can even use a shirt with a pattern to add more style to your bag.
Get this Free T-shirt Yarn Crochet Bag Pattern By thecraftpatchblog here.
3. Cute Bracelet From T-shirt Yarns Pattern By agirlandagluegun
Don’t know what to do with your scrap t-shirt fabric from another project? Why not make something for your little girl and her friends!
Aside from getting rid of the scrap fabric you won’t be able to use, you’ll also be able to make gifts for your little girl’s friend. Surely it will be a token they’ll forever cherish.
Get this Cute Bracelet From T-shirt Yarns Pattern By agirlandagluegun here.
4. Crochet Mandala Floor Rug Pattern By Crafts Tutsplus
After adding the final touches to your room, does it still look incomplete? Maybe you just need a lovely rug to complete the whole look!
You better check out this gorgeous floor rug. It’s made with t-shirt yarn so it works up quickly even though it’s huge. The texture and the dainty patterns of the mandala will surely work with anything. You can even choose a different color combination that will better complement your room.
Get the Crochet Mandala Floor Rug Pattern By Crafts Tutsplus here.
5. T-shirt Yarn Crochet Cat Bed Cave Pattern By BuddyRumi
Of course, we won’t forget about our lovely little cats. Cats love being by themselves sometimes, so why not make something where they can spend their time on their own.
Just like this Crochet Cat Bed Cave made from T-shirt yarns! Because of its warmth and coziness, your cat will surely love to spend his time curling up here.
Get the T-shirt Yarn Crochet Cat Bed Cave Pattern By BuddyRumi here.
6. Technicolor T-shirt Yarn Rug Pattern By ImagineMechanix
Can’t decide what color to use on your rug? Why not use all of the colors!
We found this rug pattern that lets you use a lot of colors for your rug. Go for pastel colors, or maybe choose something vibrant! With this pattern, you get to control the final look of your rug.
Get the Technicolor T-shirt Yarn Rug Pattern By ImagineMechanix here.
7. Crochet Tote Bag Using T-shirt Yarn Pattenr By Handsoccupied
Looking for a bag you can use on your summer getaways? This summer-inspired tote bag pattern is for you! It’s so easy to make, even beginner can finish it. Aside from its summery theme, this bag is perfect for getaways because it’s big enough to hold everything you’ll need. You can even use it on your trip to the farmer’s market.
Get this Crochet Tote Bag Using T-shirt Yarn Pattern By Handsoccupied here.
8. Crochet Pouf Pattern By lvlyblog
Looking for a more simple pouf pattern for your living room? You already have enough statement items for your room and other pouf patterns just won’t work with the other items. Good thing we have this simple crochet pouf that will surely look good with anything! Just use the color that goes with your theme and *poof* the perfect pouf.
Get this Crochet Pouf Pattern By lvlyblog here.
9. Crochet Jar Pattern By lvlyblog
Are you tired of your plain-looking jars? Why not turn them into something new! Make them more pleasing to the eyes by encasing them in this crochet jar cover. Definitely the perfect DIY project for lazy weekend afternoons.
Get this Crochet Jar By Pattern lvlyblog here.
10. Chunky Star Pillow Pattern By 1dogwoof
Missing the ocean but cannot go out? Why not bring the ocean to you! This chunky Star Pillow is made with fabric yarn so it’s extra soft and extra chunky. Spend your nights dreaming about your ocean adventures with this cute and cuddly pillow!
Get the Chunky Star Pillow Pattern By 1dogwoof here.
11. Crochet Basket with Handles Pattern By Hennasboutique
Looking for a basket that can carry all your WIPs? This crochet basket pattern is perfect for you! It has handles so you can easily carry it whenever you want a different view or position when crocheting. You can surely fit everything you need in it since it’s so huge and spacious.
Get this Crochet Basket with Handles Pattern By Hennasboutique here.
12. Bucket Bag Crochet Pattern By IlovecreateStore
Itching to buy a new bag for everyday use? Why not just create your very own! We included this bucket bag crochet pattern because you deserve to have a trendy, everyday bag. To ensure the quality of the bag, the designer even recommended a yarn you can use for the pattern.
Get the Bucket Bag Crochet Pattern By IlovecreateStore here.
13. Crochet clogs Pattern By Magic4kids
Thinking of crocheting something new? How about making your very own clogs! We have never tried making one before, but just looking at the end result makes us want to make our own this very minute! Don’t they look so comfy and warm?
Aside from personal use, you can also make lots in different colors for the whole family! You can even customize them by adding embellishments.
Get this Crochet Clogs Pattern By Magic4kids here.
14. Tassel Tote Crochet Bag Pattern By MakeEShop
In the mood for something more stylish? MakeEShop has the perfect bag just for you! This boho-inspired tote bag can function both as a bag and as an accessory that can cap off your boho look.
Although the yellow and blue combination is perfect, you’re free to use any colors you want. Another plus is you can make it yourself. Handmade and stylish, what else can you wish for.
Get the Tassel Tote Crochet Bag Pattern By MakeEShop here.
15. Crochet Coaster Pattern By NedandMimi
Make your plain-looking dining table look more lively by making these crochet coasters. Would you believe we found a crochet project that you can finish in just an hour?
Make your morning coffee routine more lively with this pop-of-color coasters!
Get the Crochet Coaster Pattern By NedandMimi here.
16. Litus Beach Bag Crochet Pattern By joyofmotion
Do you miss your days at the beach but don’t miss the hassle of bringing a lot of bags to carry all your things?
Well, worry no more! This beach bag is big enough to carry everything you need, plus it can double as a shopping bag. In addition to that, you can also make it on your own! Prepare for your next beach day by making this handmade Litus Beach Bag.
Get this Litus Beach Bag Crochet Pattern By joyofmotion here.
17. Crochet Animal Basket Pattern By CroAmiToys
If you’re thinking of a more creative way to hide your little one’s daily mess, look no further! You can make this oh so cute wolf basket that can house those little random things your child loves to play with. It also includes a pattern for an Easter egg that you use as decoration for Easter.
Get the Crochet Animal Basket Pattern By CroAmiToys here.
18. Lovely Crochet Handbag with Handles Pattern By Lulaor
This cute and lovely bag is perfect for our little misses out there! The texture created by the crochet stitches made this plain-looking bag look lovelier. Even the little flowers that we’re used to embellish the bag added the right amount of charm to make this bag stand out.
Get this Lovely Crochet Handbag with Handles Pattern By Lulaor here.
19. Crochet Flower Pots Pattern By KnitcroAddict
Other crocheters love making garments for their whole family. But as plant moms, we love making planters for our little ones!
If you’re a plant mom like us, you have to check out these crochet flower pots made using t-shirt yarns. They are chunky, so they’re really easy and quick to make.
Since they are available in two different sizes, your plants will be able to have their own home no matter their size.
Get this Crochet Flower Pots Pattern By KnitcroAddict here.
20. Crochet Bucket Bag Pattern By CrochetbycolleenUS
Have you seen a bag like this? Neither have we! If you’re looking for a unique looking bag, this one’s for you.
We love the simple yet unique design of this bag. To make it easier to carry, you can even add your own straps. Since it’s made using t-shirt yarns, this bag is extremely soft yet sturdy. The perfect trendy bag for unique individuals like you!
Get the Crochet Bucket Bag Pattern By CrochetbycolleenUS here.
Where can I buy t-shirt yarn?
Actually, despite how awesome it is to work with, you might find it hard to track down a good source of t-shirt yarn. There are a number of specialist suppliers on Etsy, most of which are in Europe in places such as Latvia, Greece, Turkey, Poland etc.
Although all of them usually will ship worldwide, you might feel more comfortable ordering from a local supplier to help with shipping costs.
Our Favourite T-Shirt Yarn Supplier
Our favorite supplier is a company called Fab-U-Loop on Etsy, based in New Jersey. Great products and a wide range of neutrals, bright and bold colours and prints available.
One of the original and leading sellers of t-shirt yarns, you can’t go wrong with an order from them. They also sell lovely bamboo crochet hooks and knitting needles to match their yarn.
Do I need any special equipment?
That depends. Do you already have some large crochet hooks? Because the t-shirt yarn is much thicker than the usual yarns you might be using, then you’ll need larger hooks to make it easier to work with.
Yarn suppliers will usually sell the right sized hooks to fit their yarns, and of course it also depends on what any pattern asks for, if you are following one.
If you would like something utterly gorgeous, check out ChennaPenna Creations, also on Etsy, and based in Missouri. Jennifer hand dyes all of her t-shirt yarns personally in a fabulous rainbow of colors. She has a great eye for what colors work together so her range of multi-dyed yarns will blow you away!
Of course there is also a range of solids too – we love the neons! She also offers yarn sampler packs so you can give the yarn a try before you invest in a larger order. Ideal for smaller projects too.
Also check out Ganxxet Yarns on Etsy for your t-shirt yarns (based in Florida). Ganxxet means crochet in Catalan and having moved to the US, Nuria now enjoys selling fabric yarns for us all to enjoy. With a nice range of solid colors and a very large range of prints, you are sure to find something here that you are aching to buy and use soon.
They also sell needles and hooks here.
We Hope T-Shirt Yarn Has You Inspired
We hope that this has inspired you to splash out on something a little bit different. Put your crochet skills to use with a different material and different style of working.
You just might be ‘hooked’ with this fabulous material and how quickly you can make up very colourful projects. We love to see what you make so do drop into the Crochet News Facebook page and share any of your projects with us.
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