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T-shirt yarn tutorial and basket pattern

hanging basket

Sadly it’s been a while since I last posted. But! I have been crocheting a lot and the patterns will eventually be Uploaded. For now I leave you with a T-shirt yarn tutorial and a basket pattern that’s highly adaptable And very practical. There are many other tutorials for t-shirt yarn out there, so why not show you how I did it. The basket was an accidental color play and besides being cute, it’s very sturdy. We use it to keep our remotes in one place, but it can have a million different uses.

t-shirt yarn tutorial

making t-shirt yarn is easy! It can be summarized in 4 different steps:


1. Cut the t-shirt below the sleeves so you have ย just a tube of fabric

2. Fold the t-shirt over itself leaving about 1.5 inches of seam ย and then cut the length of the tube in strips, stopping at the fold.

3. Unfold and extend the t-shirt and cut the strips diagonally to obtain a continuous strip.

4. Taking about a foot at a time, stretch the fabric strip so it curls over itself. Roll your ball and you’re ready to knit.


T-shirt yarn hanging basket

Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to make a circle

Rd1: 12 dc in the circle (12)

Rd2: 2dc in each dc (24)

Rd3-Rd7: 1 dc in each (24)

Rd 8: 1dc in the first 8 stitches, chain 10 and skip 8 stitches, 1dc in each stitch til the end of the round

This last round is to make the handle. Even though you skip 8 stitches, I recommend you chain a bit more than that so you can hang the basket from something other than a hook.

To sew the button I pinched the t-shirt yarn and put it through the holes of the button pushing with a needle. You can easily tie a knot to hold the button in place. The knot will be pretty much invisible and it will be in the wrong side of your work. Because this is done with t-shirt yarn and a big hook, the chains have enough room to put the button through them so you don’t need to worry about making a buttonhole in the fabric.

I hope you enjoy your hanging basket!


21 thoughts on “T-shirt yarn tutorial and basket pattern

  1. Sharon says:

    Great little basket. I love the button. Being able to hang it from different places, makes it even more useful. If you wanted to line it, do you think one of the sleeves would be the right size with a little gathering for the bottom? This way small things would not fall out.

    • Thank you Sharon! Lining it with a sleeve is a great idea! I bet if you use a man’s t-shirt (which is what I made the basket with) you could definitely do it. But the basket is pretty tight already. I used a big 12 mm hook but if you were to use 9 mm, you probably would get something so tight you wouldn’t need lining. I made a purse, which I will post about, and it’s so so tight there’s no little holes for anything to fall through. Thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Meg says:

    This is great!! Just wondering, how many tshirts did you have to use? It will definitely be my next project ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    • Meg! let’s see… I used a mixed of my t-shirts and my boyfriends’. I’m really small so I was using XS t-shirts, which make very little yarn. My bf however is 6’3″ so his t-shirts are pretty big. The basket is a mix of both. The dark red is a big t-shirt, the rest are small ones. I think you could make the basket with two big t-shirts.

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  4. Michelle says:

    Great cutting tip to make long strips. I saw that on a knitting program last week too! Excited to try this, I love the color combo you used!

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