4.3 Recycle Textile Waste into new material
> Grade: 7th to 9th
Upcycling is a creative way of using unwanted materials to turn them into products of higher value.
In this workshop we will upcycle some unwanted textiles and clothing items into yarn. Then the yarn can be used for knitting, crocheting or weaving your own garments or accessories.
Recycling textile waste into new material
Old fabric (could be old T-shirts, sheets, Curtains, pants, anything, Scissors
Sewing machine for a nicer finish
Textile knowledge, recycling, upcycling, downcycling
➤ Material Knowledge
The class should be equipped with
➤ old fabric (could be old T-shirts, sheets, curtains, anything...
➤sewing machine for a nicer finish
➤knitting needles or crochet needle
Making yarn out of pieces of fabric is similar to The T-shirt yarn.
With at pair of scissors you cut rows of about 2 cm. Don’t cut through the edges as we will have to reattach all the rows. Instead leave out 2 cm on each end.
Attaching yarn to make a longer piece
No matter what textile you are working with, you might need a longer yarn to work with further.
Simply knot the two ends together, creating a rough look, or use a sewing machine to connect them.
Decide what you want to do with the yarn
Check this Pinterest board to find nice projects you can do with your t-shirt yarn.
Now you've learned about fast fashion!