How to Make Your Own Newspaper Yarn

comments (9) September 2nd, 2008     

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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Learn to spin your own newspaper yarn!

Learn to spin your own newspaper yarn!

Photo: Greenupgrader.com

Head on over to Green Upgrader for a step-by-step tutorial on how to spin your own newspaper yarn using a drop spindle and newspaper strips. They also have all the information you'll need to make your own plastic yarn (in the form of a video tutorial). I think both of these materials are great starting points for some more artistic crochet pieces, since it's not likely you'll want to make a sweater out of newspaper. Have fun!

posted in: yarn, recycling, eco, handspun, newspaper, plarn

Comments (9)

Lorelei7 writes: Your filled spools are even lovely to look at! Thank-you for sharing this!
Posted: 12:44 am on October 26th
LindaPermann writes: Jen1964- These are great questions for the original poster (I am linking to her tutorial, I didn't put it together myself). Of course you would likely not want to make anything to be worn or to be placed outside, but it would make for an interesting vase, rug, or other decorative item.
Posted: 2:11 pm on September 22nd
Jen1964 writes: Just a few questions- How's the ink & newsprint problem solved? I would think it would come of on your hands, and anyone who wore-or-used the finished product. What do you do about wetness? Have you tested it to see how it reacts? I'd imagine it might harden a little, like basketry materials. Lastly, how comfortable is it, and durable? -jen
Posted: 10:15 am on September 16th
gracie_girl writes: What a neat idea. I am going to have to check this out further. I knew about crocheting "yarn" made from plastic. A lady at my sister's church makes "mattresses" from the plastic yarn for people in third world countries that would other wise be sleeping on cold/wet/muddy/hard ground. I'm told that once you let others know that you are collecting plastic bags you'll never lack "material" to make things with.
Posted: 12:51 pm on September 15th
Jill818 writes: I totally addicted to plastic bag crochet (and had turned on friends as well) so I am excited to try this. It's fantastic to recycle and make something from stuff usually thrown away. Thanks!
Posted: 3:53 pm on September 5th
kylieB writes: Oh wow this is fantastic!
Posted: 1:07 am on September 5th
MerylEss writes: This is going to be good fun. I can't wait to try this out and make something with it. Yay - thanks for the inspiration.

Posted: 4:33 am on September 4th
PoochPal writes: Interesting way to recycle. Love the idea and the texture that could be created.
If one has the time spin away...
Posted: 10:27 pm on September 3rd
Londajoyce writes: Absolutely mind-blowing - this AND the crocheting with cut widths of the plastic T-shirt bags! And I thought plastic T-bags were only for re-using or cleaning out my cat litter pans!
Posted: 11:28 pm on September 2nd
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