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I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner.  I have GIANT piles of fleece.  You can do this with any material that you want to become yarn. First, figure out which direction of your fleece is the stretchy direction, then fold along the dotted line as shown below.

Second, using a rotary blade (or scissors for a rustic look), cut your material starting from the fold in 1/2 inch ribbons.  Stop a 1/2 inch from the edge.

Then, open it us and clip every other edge as in the diagram below.

Next, trim the corners off of each turn like so:

Then, roll it up into a ball.

If you have multiple pieces of fleece to join, trim the ends and put a TINY slit in each yarn piece…smaller than shown below.

Next, thread strip 2 through the slit in strip 1 and pull its (2′s) tail through it’s own slit.  Check out this post for a good picture of it.

Finally, crochet with it!



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda May 21, 2010

WOW!!! I have so many remnants of fleece just sitting around. I would have never thought of this! thank you so very much for sharing!! Now, to start gathering them up : )
Blessings~
Amanda

2 portia May 22, 2010

This is the same technique I use to cut fabric for weaving rag rugs. You can also knit/crochet regular fabric in the same manner shown.

3 carol May 22, 2010

This is the way I recycled all those old cotton t-shirts I didn’t wear any more. They are now a crocheted round rug in my laundry room.

4 Tanya Walton May 22, 2010

I already knew how to do this…I think it’s a great thing to know how to do though so sharing it was a very good idea!

5 Kalinda May 27, 2010

Aha!! Now I know what to do with all of our old clothes that aren’t donation worthy! Thank you so much!!

6 Judy July 7, 2010

Thanks so much for the idea. I remember my grandmother using an assortment of old rags and clothing to make rugs and we always liked them.

7 MamaShea July 30, 2011

Just a note, you can also crochet with plastic shopping bags cut into strips, usually 1/2″ to 1″ works best, or even old cassette tapes. It’s a great way to recycle all those old, outdated or otherwise disposable items!

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