Making yarn from old sheets is a great way to up-cycle something you might otherwise toss, and it turns out that knitting and crocheting with sheets is really so satisfying. So I have to admit, I really need to be cleaning for Passover right now, but when I eyed that bag of sheets my neighbor had given me two years ago it seemed like such a good idea to make some balls from those sheets, so there you have it!
While in the past I have made yarn from flat sheets by cutting strips and then joining them, this time I finally had the chance to try out the spiral method in which one ball of sheet yarn is generated from a single flat (or fitted) sheet.
Remove any edges or elastic corners from sheets, first cutting and then tearing. This spiral method consists of mostly tearing. Start in one corner and cut a slit, roughly 1 inch or just a bit more wide. Start tearing down the length of the sheet until you are within an inch or so of the end. Then simply turn the sheet, make a small slit with your scissors one inch from the edge and start tearing down this side of the sheet until you reach one inch before the next corner. Proceed to go around and around stopping at each corner to change direction until you've used up most of the sheet.
If you forget to stop at the corner and tear the strip off, not to worry you can certainly join the strips later, by following the instructions on my previous post here.
To see some examples of projects I've made with sheet yarn, check out my knitted rag runner, which I then made into knitted rag pillows, and my crocheted rag rug. Still enjoying these in our home, and can't wait to make some more! Just wish me luck in diving into the Passover cleaning as opposed to coming up with ways to use all my stash!