craftylady1956

T shirt afghan

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I had originally posted this under show & tel under afghans, but figured maybe more people might like the idea if i posted it here.

 

I was asked to design a afghan using sentimential t shirts saved by my son's girlfriend. Not knowing the best way to do it I decided why not crochet!!!

 

Here's the directions for it and a photo. Please PM me with any questions.

 

Here's how I made it. The person who I made it for wanted multi colored-which was great as I used some scrap ww yarn.

 

 

Take t shirts and cut as squarely as possible, using the printable or "good" area. Take a paper punch and punch holes about every 1" or so about 1/4-1/2" from edges all around each squared t shirt piece.(This worked better for me than needle and thread-BUT I went through 3 hole punches--(gotta be a easier way to get the holes through the fabric I think....)

 

After punching holes around 1 t shirt.....

 

Round 1 -Take yarn and sl st and 1 sc in same hole, ch 3. *sc in next hole, ch 3* repeatfrom *to * all around. Join with sl st in 1st sc.

 

Round 2- sl st to 1st ch 3 sp..ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in same sp. 3 dc in each ch 3 sp around --making 5 dc in each corner ch 3 sp. Join with sl st and end off.

 

Contiune in this manner until all t shirt pieces have 2 rounds crochet as above. Now working like a jigsaw puzzle---lay all your pieces ut flat to decide placement. I sl st all pieces together. After all shirt were joined together, I made an edging:

 

Edge:

Round 1 --Using a different color yarn than I had used to this point-1 dc in each st around complete afghan.

 

Round 2- 5 dc in 1st st,* sk 3 sts, 5 dc in next st. making 7 dc in each corner* around join with sl st.

 

If anyone has questions --just send me a message....happy hookin!!.

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It does look great!

I imagine the WW yarn is quite heavy - and t-shirt fabric is relatively light. Did you find that the yarn pulled the fabric?

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I have made one using the center of one t-shirt - and had to punch holes all around it -

 

I did this as I went "by eye" and used the same tool I do when making towel toppers to punch holes thru a double thickness - it is from Patternworks and is very inexpensive - but the dental tool pick side makes the hole and then I flip it for the hook end!

 

http://www.patternworks.com/productdetail/300168.htm

 

Then once yarn thru I sc -ch1- sc for my foundation row - once that is done I switch to an f or g hook for the rest.

 

Mine was a granny square around the one t-shirt middle.

:yarn

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Thanks for the great idea. I am excited that I dont have to spend a lot of time to make the old t-shirts into a quilt. (I am beginning to realize that I dont have the patience to quilt.) Thanks again!

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My DIL is wanting me to make an afghan like this for my grandson - she's saving our favorites as he grows out of hem. Now I know how to do it :) Thanks.

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Miss Crochet, There is an iron on fabric stiftner you can use with this to help with the stretching and pulling, and I'm sure some of the ladies on here that sew can give you some ideas too.

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Yes LaVonne - that is what I used per the suggestion of someone here - "fusible interfacing" - it was thin but just enough so that when I poked the holes they didn't pull or stretch once crocheted thru.

Here's a pic of the ghan -

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u117/shuttlebuggy/Dads%20Memory%20Ghan/CIMG4865.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u117/shuttlebuggy/Dads%20Memory%20Ghan/CIMG4867.jpg

 

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u117/shuttlebuggy/Dads%20Memory%20Ghan/CIMG4868.jpg

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So I'm sitting here at work now.........chomping at the bit because I wanna go home now and start cutting up all my t-shirts

 

:lol:sofunny

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I am wanting to make one too. I have several t-shirts I would like to cut up and use too. Future project I think

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Another method I used to get holes was with a knitting needle. I had different sizes on hand and choose one I thought was appropriate and punch through all around and since I was using fleece I think going threw t-shirt material should be much easier. I love this idea for my grandson. I'll have to tell mom to start collecting!

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Wow, this is a clever idea. Thanks for sharing the pattern. My daughter has a bunch of T-Shirts she doesn't want to get rid of. This would be a great way for her to have them and still be able to "wear" them. :lol

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I plan on doing this with both of my son's and husband's ball uniforms and t-shirts. With as many unifoms and shirts between the three, I should be able to make one for each kid and one for DH and myself. Wonderful Idea!! TFS!

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