dishcloths knitted from thrift store tees

cloths knitted from recycled tees - my french twist

I first published this post about a year ago, but it’s such a great way to upcycle tees from the thrift store, I thought it worth re-posting!

cloths knitted from recycled tees - my french twist

One of our craft club challenges this summer was to upcycle an item into something to be used for a different purpose. Although knitting cloths from old clothes was not an original idea, it turned out to be a lovely little endeavor that I think I’ll stash away for a handmade Christmas gift for someone special.

I started with some tee shirts my son has outgrown (you Call of Duty fans, I hear you gasping as if I’ve committed blasphemy!)


The second step is to cut the tee shirts into long strips that can be tied together and wound into a ball. I followed this helpful tutorial on After some trial and error, I found that cutting the strips very narrow made knitting easier (I used a size 11 needle.) If you prefer wider strips, make sure you use a larger knitting needle (size 14). I also cast on 14 stitches instead of 10 suggested by the tutorial. 


Cloths of any size and for any purpose can be knitted from old tee shirts, but I discovered a surprising use for these precious cloths – their chunky texture makes them perfect facial cloths that add a bit of exfoliation. Pair them with a luxury soap and they make a thoughtful and lovely gift.

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Comments · 4

  1. Hi, cute idea, I now want to make a recycled bathmat… However, I’d try and adapt the cutting of the tshirt into going around the whole garment in a spiral. It’ll mean you get a straighter ‘yarn’ without corners, and the tiny overlocked seams on the sides of tshirts aren’t gonna cause you too much of a problem, certainly less than some big clumsy knot in the middle of your work. That said, I haven’t tried either yet!

    Thanks for this, I like your blog! (Though it does make me feel like I’m not doing enough with my free time).

  2. Gorgeous table! I love the vibe! Nice touch on the chocolate piano keys. And Moroccan couscous? Recipe? That looked delicious!

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