The History of T-shirt Yarn


Do you ever wonder who was the first person to discover that if you cut a continuous strip from the torso of a t-shirt in a spiral fashion and stretch it the result is a wonderful yarn?  I do!

Given that the T-shirt likely made its entrance on the scene in the late 19th century or early 20th century, I’ll wager that some unknown housewife, looking to make ends meet by using every scrap in the home for a purpose, was up late one night looking at her husband worn, stained and ripped shirts, when the idea popped into her head!

The idea of t-shirt yarn started appearing in 20th century books.  One book, Rags: Making a Little Something Out of Almost Nothing, written by sisters Linda and Stella Allison and published in 1979, has a chapter about T-shirt yarn.

Today, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people posting tutorials on this process.  I am one of them.

But who was the first to share a tutorial online? Here are a few of the oldest ones I’ve found:

Have your own special process for making t-shirt yarn?  Please share in the comments!

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