Recycled T-Shirt Dishcloths

01-DSCN7393Recycled T-Shirt Dishcloths

This time of year, more than any other, gift shopping seems like a constant drain on an already tight budget. I am always trying to come up with low-cost or no-cost alternatives. These recycled dish rags were absolutely free.

02-DSCN7386My guys had lots of old work t-shirts that had been replaced by newer ones. There were quite a few of them. Throwing them out just seemed wrong.

Light bulb moment! I cut them up to make t-shirt yarn, and I have lots of crochet ideas that are perfect for the yarn.

03-DSCN7388T-shirt yarn is not a new idea and is very easy to make. Basically you just cut the hem off, then cut the body off just below the armpits.

05-DSCN7391The body is then a tube. I slant a cut into one edge and then cut a continuous 1/2-inch wide strip until the entire tube has been cut. You can also cut short strips from the remaining yoke of the shirt and add it to the longer body strip if you need more or don’t want anything to go to waste. Cutting one shirt takes about 15 minutes. One adult medium or large shirt is plenty to crochet a dishcloth.

06-DSCN7395Once the strip (or strips) are all cut, stretch them. The cut strips will curl naturally into a cord. This is the t-shirt yarn. Roll it up and you are ready to rock.

01-DSCN7393I used the most simple of crochet stitches and a size N hook for my dishcloths. I haven’t written out the particulars yet, but any pattern will work for this idea. You could even knit the dishcloths.

I’ve got more t-shirt ideas. Some are crochet, but not all. Can’t wait to share them.