DIY Make your own Tie Dyed Yarn Guest post

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to guest post over here at Tales Of A Ranting Ginger!  I had this awesome idea, and thought it would make a great guest post.

All Natural Fabric Dying

The boys and I did some egg dying for Easter fun, and after we were finished, we had a lot of the dye leftover.  Well it seemed like a waste just to toss it.  That’s when it hit me!  My mom gave me all these pillow cases a couple of years ago that I’ve been trying to use up (well over 100 of them).
I decided to make my own tie dyed style yarn.  Here is how I did it.
I took 1 pillow case, and laid it in my sink, and then poured 1 left over dye on top of it:

natural cloth dyeing

I did this for each of 5 colours.  Most of them were vibrant, but I noticed the pink looks barely there:

Natural hand dyeing

Next I put them in the dryer on high heat to seal in the colours, I liked that some of the colours bled over as I :

Dry on High Heat

This is what they looked like after they were done.  Much more pastel looking:

Make your own yarn

Next I took each pillow case, and trimmed off the folded end.

Making Yarn from Pillow Cases

Next I just cut all the pillow cases into strips.  Don’t do it too skinny, or they will snap easily, when you are securing them together, or knitting with them.
I do about 1-2 inches generally.  I am ok with them not being too uniform, as I like the look of varied thicknesses in a knitted project.

Make yarn from pillow cases

Next is making it into yarn.  So I take 2 strips, and put them together, by sliding one inside the other and pulling tight:

Turn pillow cases into yarn
Spinning Yarn

For the rest of the strips I just loop one on the string like this:

Increasing yarn length

After all strips are attached to each other, you just need to wind up your new yarn:

Make a Yarn Ball
Shari is the owner and author of The Knit Wit by Shair, and an avid knitter, as well as a WAHM of 3 young boys. Be sure to check out her blog for more crafts, recipes, reviews, and of course giveaways.


  1. Thanks for letting me share this with everyone!!
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  5. You can knit with strips of cloth?!?! Amazing – I would never have thought to do this! I would love to see a finished product 🙂
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  7. Wool and Knitting Yarn says

    These are good ideas on making tie dyed yarn. Using this, you can now start making your own Yarn project or any homemade decoration for your home.

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