I saw an ‘free ad’ on craigslist for old unusable t-shirts and sweaters, and immediately thought Braided Rugs!! With a large cold kitchen floor, and chilly concrete garage floor in front of the washing machine, I got started right away.
I googled how to make fabric yarn from shirts, there are all kinds of tutorials out there, the one that helped me most was at the blog My Wild Acres.
I braided the sweaters that I’d cut into ‘yarn’. It was easiest when my hubby would hold the braid tight to keep my tension, while we watched movies. I did find that I could hold it with my foot also.
There are MANY tutorials on this part as well. Unfortunately they are all for t-shirt braided rugs and I didn’t anticipate how hard on my machine sweater fabric would be. Two shattered needles later, I gave up, and my project stalled. Until I discovered heavy duty needles! YAY!