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DIY T-Shirt Crafts
This practical and pretty project is a testament to how versatile T-shirts really are. Great for holding bathroom essentials, craft room supplies, or almost anything, these unique, braided bowls are great conversation pieces as well. You don’t need any special weaving techniques; this fiber bowl is made from one long, coiled braid, held together with the most basic of hand stitches.

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  • How to make a recycled bowl. Braided Yarn Bowl - Step 1
    Step 1

    Tie together your 3 strands of T-Shirt Yarn at one end, and cut off the tails next to the knot. Braid the strands tightly. When you get to the end of the fabric, tie an overhand knot to secure the braid. You should have a long braid with a final length of about 5–6'.

  • How to make a recycled bowl. Braided Yarn Bowl - Step 2
    Step 2

    Trim the loose ends close to the end knot, and begin coiling the braid around the knot to create a flat base. Use the needle and thread to stitch the coils together, placing stitches ¼–½" apart.

  • How to make a recycled bowl. Braided Yarn Bowl - Step 3
    Step 3

    Continue coiling until your base is approximately 3" in diameter, stitching rows together as you go. Then, add the next row slightly larger, and the following row slightly larger still, so that the shape curves upward to form the sides of your bowl.

  • How to make a recycled bowl. Braided Yarn Bowl - Step 4
    Step 4

    When stitching the sides together, stitch upward into the bottom of the top row, and downward into the top of the bottom row, alternating every few centimeters. This basic basting stitch goes quite quickly. After connecting 3 or 4 rows, you may find that you have a nicely sized bowl. (You can, of course, continue coiling until you get any dimensions you like.)

  • How to make a recycled bowl. Braided Yarn Bowl - Step 5
    Step 5

    When your bowl is the height you want, tie an overhand knot in your braid. Secure this end to the row beneath it with thread, cut the excess from the end, and then sew the knot itself to the row beneath. This bowl is very flexible, but it’s surprisingly sturdy! You’ll love filling it with candy, spare buttons, jewelry, or whatever you like.

    T-Shirt Tips!

    Varying the base size and the height will yield different shapes and styles of bowls. Try making other sizes and shapes! For the most stability, though, the height should not exceed the size of the base’s diameter.

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