I can't tell you how happy I feel looking at these little balls of t-shirt yarn! Though I save just about everything, colorful t-shirts were not in my stash, (I know, hard to believe) so a few weeks ago I actually went and bought some from a local thrift store. And I'm so happy to have finally found the little pocket of time to cut up those shirts into yarn! You can find a very nice tutorial here, from one of my regular Craft Schooling Sunday contributers.
I just love the accidental yet gorgeous color combination, and even if you never get around to actually using the yarn, well it sure looks a lot cuter than a pile of t-shirts collecting dust in your dresser! And the really great news is that after I cut up the t-shirts for yarn I actually had my thinking cap on and realized that the leftovers could be cut into strips for weaving! (I'm planning on using the balls of yarn to crochet something.)
Note: When looking for t-shirts to recycle, you'll want those with minimal printed graphics (the printed areas can't be used for yarn) and try to steer clear of t-shirts with lycra. Also I noticed that some very heavy t-shirts are actually ribbed when you take a close look, and this is also not ideal as the fabric doesn't curl nicely like the regular weight simple t-shirt.The ideal garment to look for would be a long t-shirt fabric night-gown, as you'll be able to make a nice sized ball of yarn from one. And by the way, to make a project of any substantial size you'll need quite a few t-shirts, so stock up!