Friday, December 6, 2013

fReemade Tutorial: T-shirt Yarn Frisbee

Who knew the humble t-shirt could be made into such an array of useful and entertaining items so unlike its casual wear origins. A t-shirt can be made into colorful shopping bags, quilts, bracelets, potholders, and even a soft frisbee.

Using a pattern on the Recycle party blog as a starting point, I began a journey of soft frisbee making as a catch-all (pun intended) Christmas gift because I got started SO late in the year. I am only giving to the kids in the family. The in-laws will simply have to join the reindeer games if they want to play with my handmade gifts this year. Sorry!

I had a few balls of homemade t-shirt yarn leftover from a mania of rag rug making last year. Put those up against a few holes in the Christmas list and the need to ship lighter packages to the US and the UK, and crocheted frisbees appeared.

I did use the pattern as written except I'm not as natural a crocheter as Kristy of Scratchmade who devised the pattern. She calls for increases in each row but doesn't explain where to make them.

So I came up with this pattern which is available as a free download at Craftsy.

I know. I know. Kristy's are gorgeous and even-looking. And mine are a little wonky looking. Well, it took me two of them before I got the pattern really going well and then I discovered the differences in weight and stretch of the t-shirts makes quite a difference in the number of stitches needed per row. AND my t-shirt yarn has a lot of corners and seams and edges and is not bump-free.

Luckily, this pattern accommodates those differences and you shouldn't have any trouble at all creating a fantastic t-shirt yarn soft frisbee.

The best part is: they work! Housemate and I threw them around and they glide like Santa's sleigh.

Learn how to cut a t-shirt into "tarn" or t-shirt yarn here at Mollie Makes.

The best shirts for tarn have no side seams. You can get about 30 yards of tarn from one t-shirt bottom, although I often cut up the rest of the shirt and tie on the pieces end-to-end. By doing that, you'll get about 40-45 yards of tarn.

The frisbee takes about 30 yards of tarn so you can use one t-shirt or change colors and use some of several different ones.

You can also buy a premade tarn, but that takes all the fun out of it. Going on hunt & gather expeditions at thrift stores is the lifeblood of reuse and upcycling!

Hey, whatever works for you. I prefer to be a Hardcore Crafting Goddess and Supreme Ruler of Reuse.

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  1. What a great idea!. I'm pinning this for future reference. Oh I love the colour of your t-shirt yarn

    1. I couldn't help myself when I saw the brightly colored tie dye shirt at the op shop. I've had these tshirt yarn balls for more than a year...waiting....waiting for the perfect project.