Saturday, February 28, 2015

How to Make Twine from Scraps of Cloth


Have a bunch of scrap cloth lying around? It's standard clutter if you're an ardent tailor, an arts & crafts enthusiast, or some other permutation of a DIY-er. 

The more common upcycling projects would have you use the cloth as filling for a pillow, or a stuffed toy, but try your hand instead at this clever little project. Enter: fabric twine.

It's fairly easy and there's a bunch of uses for twine. You can use it to tie a bow over gifts; as a bracelet; to tie your curtains with -- imagine all the possibilities.

All you need for this project are scraps of cloth. Gather the cloth from your previous projects. Or tear up an old garment, like that ragged t-shirt from seven years ago, or some other piece of cloth that you have no use for anymore.

Here's how to make the twine:

1. Cut into strips
Cut your cloth into strips approximately 1 inch wide. Don't mind ragged or fraying edges -- in fact, these things will add a lot of interesting texture to your twine.

2. Tie the knot
Line up two strips of cloth side by side. Tie one end together in a knot. 

3. Twist!
Twist the two strips together until you're about 1 or 2 inches from the end. Prepare two more strips of cloth. Start twisting these two new strips into your existing twine, using the 1- to 2-inch margin. Keep going until the twine becomes as long as you need it to be. Then, tie the knot to secure it. 

Twist away and have fun! 


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