Normally, when a piece of clothing is past its wearable lifespan, it goes straight into my cleaning rag collection; that is, until recently. A photo similar to this one appeared in my Facebook page feed. I had seen plenty of T-shirts repurposed into bags, scarves, headbands and even skirts. Most, if not all, projects required some kind of sewing.
My curiosity was piqued and I had to try this !
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I am not seriously into knitting [or sewing, for that matter]. I don’t [or is that can’t?] follow a pattern, so I only knit in straight lines. Hence I love knitting items like scarves and coathanger covers. Well, since we live in a warm climate, a scarf was out of the question, so the coathanger cover won.
I loathe plain wooden coathangers because I don’t like indentations in my clothes, or how some fabrics catch on any fine splinters. Hence most of my hangers are covered and then colour-coded to the outfit. It may sound a little OCD but when you need to distinguish Black from Dark Blue in your wardrobe, having them hung on a pale background makes the process a whole lot more time efficient. Read How to Save Time & Money in Your Wardrobe for more tips.
I repurposed an old XXL T-shirt my husband could no longer wear in public due to the many holes it had acquired. So I laid it flat and started cutting it into strips.
TIP: Now let me warn those who are non-knitters, like me, that the width of the fabric needs to matched up with the size of knitting needles you use.
I own one pair of second-hand knitting needles I purchased from a local charity store for 20 cents. They are a size 10.
I mistakenly cut the T-shirt fabric into about 10mm strips [just under 1/2 an inch] which was way too wide for such a heavy-density [all cotton] fabric. I should have cut the strips about 7 or 8 mm wide in this instance. Had the fabric been lighter density, like a nylon blend, I might have gotten away with the 10mm width. Trial and error is a great teacher!
What I also discovered, by trial-and-error, was that it was easiest to use purl stitch in this situation.
Anyway, this is what I ended up with:
Did you see the ring pull?
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I enjoyed this project so much, now that I am over the learning curve, that I have started my next coathanger cover with a lighter-density T-shirt using narrower strips.
No need for purl stitch this time.
T-shirt yarn ball Image courtesy of: http://www.motherearthnews.com