Newspaper, Plastic Bags, Dog Hair...Upcycle Them into Yarncomments (10) April 23rd, 2009
Buying eco-friendly yarn is a great alternative to traditional yarn, but the best way to reduce consumption is to creatively use and reuse what you already have.
Here are eight unusual and interesting materials upcycled into yarn...
Take all those newspapers that have been piling up and try your hand at upcycling by turning them into newspaper yarn. One page should make 20 yards of yarn. It's not the best material to make a sweater out of, but it'll definitely make some interesting indoor decor. Check out the tutorial at greenUPGRADER.
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Want a sustainable sweater? Do you suffer from separation anxiety whenever you are away from Spot or Mittens? If you answered yes to both of these questions, get out your grooming brush and drop spindle and make some yarn out of your pet's hair. More pictures and a tutorial at Crisp Green.
Even if you don't have a pet, you can put that tutorial to use—just use your own hair. Just ask Ioana Cioanca, a 71-year-old woman from Romania. "Long years I had to wait for my hair to grow so as to make clothes from it, but I managed and I am very pleased now," she says. Read about it here.
Do you have a pile of old VHS movies that have been collecting dust since you got your DVD player? Put them to use and take your favorite movie wherever you go. You don't have any VHS tapes, only Betamax?!?! No worries, any old cassettes containing magnetic tape will work. Find out how at My Recycled Bags.
Instead of throwing an old sweater away, do some DIY recycling and reclaim that precious yarn. A lot quicker than you can make a sweater, you can unmake a sweater, bringing it back to its roots. Once you master this, yarn will be like moulding clay that you can use and reuse over and over. Learn how at Neauveau Fiber Arts.
The plastic bag has become the bane of some environmentalists and a red herring for others, but whichever way you lean, these pesky planet pollutants can pile up. If they are in your house, try turning them into Plarn with this tutorial. Once you have mastered making Plarn, try your hand at this Plarn basket.
When the weather starts turning cooler again and you find your T-shirt isn't warm enough, turn it into a sweater (I know I'm telling you to turn everything into sweaters. What can I say? I like sweaters). This is the perfect way to give new life to old, torn T-shirts that just can't be worn again. Here's a tutorial to help.
You don't see these plastic vegetable nets as often these days, but you still may pick one up if you buy a bundle of onions or lettuce. We've turned pretty much everything else in the house to yarn, so why not this? You can learn how to do this in this tutorial by Recycle Cindy.
When all else fails, this is a great DIY yarn fallback that allows you to turn old rags, and pretty much any fabric for that matter, into yarn. Actually, this is one of my favorite tutorials. Very utilitarian and depending on the fabric you choose, you can make some great-looking things. Learn how.
If you are not feeling any of these upcycled/restyled yarn tutorials, or just prefer good old-fashioned yarn, here are some resources to help you find a great earth-friendly yarn:
- CraftStylish Green Buying Guide
- CraftStylish: The Original Eco-Friendly Yarn
- Better Homes & Gardens: 10 Eco-Friendly Yarns
- Green Living Ideas: Earth-Friendly Yarns for Eco-Conscious Knitting