How To Repurpose Your Old T-shirts

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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:





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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.

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No need for purl stitch this time.





Completed !

Completed !

Happy Repurposing!



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