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  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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    ​Super simple double crochet t-shirt yarn storage basket by Caroline Coates

    ​Super simple double crochet t-shirt yarn storage basket by Caroline Coates

    What you need I've made my own t-shirt yarn (see previous blog (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/ministry-of-craft-blog/how-to-make-t-shirt-yarn)) or you can buy it, Fred Aldous (https://www.fredaldous.co.uk/products/jersey-be-good-blue-denim) stock Wool and The Gang fabric yarn. Use 10-12mm hook depending on thickness of yarn. Abbreviations DC double crochet SS slip stitch Instructions Chain 4 or use a magic ring. 1st row work 2 DC into each stitch ( ..

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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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    How to make T-shirt yarn by Caroline Coates

    How to make T-shirt yarn by Caroline Coates

    One of my favourite things to crochet and knit with is jersey yarn, it's really easy to make your own and I always love a bit of up cycling. Picking your t-shirt Any t-shirt will work but those with less stretch are slightly easier to work with. The more fabric the better so men's t-shirt are great. Step 1 Rather than cutting lots of strips and attaching them together, cut like this and maximise the length. Strips should be about 2cm (1 inch) wide. Cut th ..

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  • Monday, July 10, 2017

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    Sewing Hems in Stretch

    Sewing Hems in Stretch

    My next project is to make a couple of exercise tops using a knit/stretch fabric. My trusty overlocker is great for sewing up the main seams but there’s one aspect of sewing knits that overlockers can’t easily do—hem the finished garment edges. If you hem with an ordinary straight stitch, the hem is likely to roll up in some fabrics and there will be no elasticity. A zigzag stitch will be somewhat elastic, meaning you can put on your top without popping the seam but it still may r ..

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