Crochet T-Shirt Yarn
Upcycle your old t-shirts to make a crochet t-shirt yarn farmhouse tray. The bulky texture of the t-shirt yarn works up quickly. Place this tray on an island to corral spices or condiments, on a table as the base to a centerpiece, or on a buffet to hold napkins and flatware for a crowd.
Crochet Tray “Things You Need”
K and N crochet hooks
Hot glue gun
Old leather belt
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
rnd(s) = round(s)
bl = back loop
beg = beginning
dc = double crochet
Special Notes for Farmhouse Tray
- My finished t-shirt farmhouse tray measures approximately 3″ tall and 12 1/2″ across. No gauge is given for this project as a sized fit is not important.
- T-shirt yarn can be purchased, but if you prefer to make your own like I did, you can find my quick tutorial here.
- Crochet t-shirt farmhouse tray is worked in continuous rnds. Do not join or ch up after each rnd.
- When crocheting around a clothesline, insert hook through st of previous rnd, yarn over and pull yarn through to front. Send hook over the top of the clothesline and grab the yarn. Pull through both loops on hook. Sc made.
- Rnd 10 is the last rnd I made for my tray’s base. If you prefer a smaller base, simply omit previous rnds for your desired size. If you prefer a larger base, continue rnds of increases until the desired size is achieved.
- This project does create a sturdy tray, but keep in mind it is not wood or metal. It will flex if it is carried with too much weight inside.
Farmhouse Tray Base
Usually a magic ring is my go to beginning for projects I am working in a rnd, but when using a clothesline in the construction I substitute a ring made from the clothesline. Form a small ring on the end of clothesline rope and secure with hot glue.
Rnd 1: With the clothesline tail of the ring on the top-left, attach the desired color t-shirt yarn to the ring, under the tail. Using an N hook, crochet 8 sc in the ring with the last two overlapping the clothesline connection. (8 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (16 sc)
Rnd 3: *Sc in the first st, 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Rnd 4: *Sc in the first 2 sts, 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (32 sc)
Rnd 5: *Sc in the first 3 sts, 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (40 sc)
Rnd 6: *Sc in the first 4 sts, 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (48 sc)
Rnd 7: *Sc in the first 5 sts, 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (56 sc)
Rnd 8: *Sc in the first 6 sts, 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (64 sc)
Rnd 9: *Sc in the first 7 sts, 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (72 sc)
Rnd 10: *Sc in the first 8 sts, 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (80 sc) Sl st in the next st. Fasten off both t-shirt yarn and cord.
Crocheted Tray Turning Rim
Since this is a tray, the inside of the base is the side you will see.
Rnd 11: Turn the base with the wrong side facing you. Attach the t-shirt yarn to any st on Rnd 10. Sl st in the bl of each st around.
Rnd 12: Add the clothesline. Sc around in the same bls you made the sl sts of the previous row and over the clothesline and the sl sts. This row may seem bulky, but it will provide a sturdy rim with a sharp turn for beginning the sides.
Rnds 13-14: Sc around.
Rnd 15: Finished Edge-Reverse sc around. Sl st the ends together. Finish off.
Crochet T-Shirt Flowers (Make 2)
Using a K hook and color desired for flowers, form a magic ring.
Row 1: Crochet 9 sc in ring, join with sl st to beg ch 1. Pull the tail to cinch the center closed.
Row 2: Ch 3, work 2 dc at base of ch 3, sl st in next ch. *3 dc in next ch, sl st in next st *, rep from *to * around. (5 petals) Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Finishing Crochet Tray
Step 1: Sew buttons of choice to center of each flower and stitch where desired on tray.
Step 2: Cut two 5″ lengths from an old leather belt. Using an awl or leather hole punch, punch holes on the ends for stitching. My belt already had holes that worked perfectly.
Step 3: Stitch a handle to opposite sides of the tray.
Note: Flex the 5″ belt handles to measure 4″ apart from end to end before attaching. Hemp cord was used to attach the buttons, flowers and handles of the farmhouse tray shown. Embroidery floss, crochet thread or carpet thread are alternative options.
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