Tried It: Fabric Twine

Ok, so this craft makes absolutely no sense if you don’t just happen to have fabric scraps from your own crafting or know someone you can get fabric scraps from (more likely than you’d think). You can also score fabric odds and ends at like Joann’s cheap too if you really want to try this. In my case I’m a hoarder who volunteers for tribute every time someone’s looking to unload craft ends because I have grand designs that are based on absolutely nothing. Random fabric that I would never in a million years use to decorate my home? I’ll find a use for that!

And it turns out I was right so the hoarding can continue.

Anyway I went to a local craft meet-up where the project of the day was scrap fabric twine. Once you’ve got the rhythm down it’s the easiest thing in the world and a good use for scraps that are really too small to use on anything else. Well, I say too small I really mean too thin, because the best way to make the twine is with long, skinny pieces of fabric. You take two and wind them together to form a surprisingly durable rope. You can find the full tutorial here.

I’ve been working on this on and off between working on a shawl for my mother. It doesn’t take long and makes for a really good mindless craft to do with your hands if you want to keep them busy while watching a show or movie or just want to zone out. And look, I already have this much!

The fabric scraps I’m currently using were originally part of a finger crochet rug project for the art assignment, and I might still do that, but for now I’m working on the fabric twine. I want to get enough to use it for a small crochet project, maybe some kind of fabric twine grocery bag or something.

Oh, a note about making the twine: The general size recommendation is no more than 1″ wide, which is fine for the most part, but if you’re using a very fine/silky fabric or something with a lot of stretch I strongly suggest 1.5″ or even going all the way up to 2″. This is especially true of stretchy fabrics that thin out with all the twisting, it can cause a lot of thick and thin or a slightly weird look to the twine.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Liz says:

    This is something I came across recently too, so I plan to do this and maybe make some coasters as my first attempt. I can see just preparing the fabric will be relaxing for me, before making something.

    1. Otakraft says:

      It really is though I will warn you to watch out how much you’re twisting. It doesn’t really affect the twine super much, but too much twisting and holding the twine too tightly can make your hands a bit sore and crampy. I’m prone to REALLY tight crochet and knitting so it’s something I have to watch out for.

      1. Liz says:

        I have heard it exercises your hands. I will probably have to watch too. 🙂

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