Before these T-Shirt yarn projects I had never crocheted in the round using a magic loop method for cast on, using this new technique I created a yarn basket as well as a baby rug:
Resources for new skills I learnt
Magic loop – http://www.crochet-world.com/blog/?p=7618
Crochet rug pattern I used as a starter – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0lus0FjSlE
I have now been saving/collecting T-Shirts so that I can make my own T-Shirt yarn (rather than using premade t-shirt yarn). I am thinking of it as a way to repurpose old clothing as well as the opportunity to use the same techniques with non-textile items as the material – such as plastic bags or re-woven textile waste materials (collecting various waste materials, cut offs and selvedges) . . .
“Australians are currently disposing of 6,000 kilograms of fashion and textile waste every 10 minutes, and while some of it may go to op shops, only about 15 per cent of donations are actually sold again locally.”