As a sewist/crafter/thrifty lady, I am frequently gifted spare fabric, some of which is either too ugly or the wrong type for my usual projects. I also have a tough time throwing away ruined clothing or other useful fabric. There just ought to be SOME way to use it, right?
This is my solution.
I make "yarn" from old fabric. Anything from poly/cotton yardage that I don't want for quilts to old t-shirts, to the purple corduroy upholstery that was on an ottoman I made over. Here's how it goes.
***This tutorial is a work in progress, any suggestions or questions are welcome and I'll edit accordingly.
Making Rag Yarn
1. Wash it. Whatever it is, an old sheet, t-shirt, towel, etc.
Use the hottest water and hottest dryer setting - this ensures all shrinking and dye bleeding are done. This way your finished product will be machine washable.
2. Make a pile. I have a constant collection going.
|This pile has been picked over for a rainbow rug - looks like a neutral rug or basket is next on the list...|
|This just makes it easier to make patterns if desired.|
5. Zig-Zag stitch to keep it together.
|I use #3, the elastic stitch. Set at its widest zig zag and a medium stitch length. Regular zig zag stitch would work as well.|
|I try to tuck any loose ends inside so that my finished product doesn't have odd bits hanging out.|
|Any time I have a stretch fabric, I pair it with a strip of woven fabric so that my final yarn isn't stretchy. Stretchy yarn can lead to wonky results when crocheting.|
|It doesn't matter if things are twisted or not perfectly uniform. The variations even each other out in the end.|
6. Wind it all up.
7. Crochet it into a rug or basket.
This yarn can be used with any basic crochet pattern. You just need a BIG hook (I have a size Q). You can find them easily at any craft store, or order them through Amazon. Better yet, for some handmade wooden goodness, try these Etsy Sellers: