Recycle old t-shirts into red, white, and blue boondoggle key chains! Have you ever made t-shirt yarn? Just cut strips of old t-shirts and pull the ends. They twist into tubes of soft yarn. It’s easy to make and easy to use. And practically free!
How To Make July 4th Boondoggles
Materials For Red And White Boondoggle
2 old t-shirts: 1 red and 1 white
1 key chain ring and hook
aluminum floral wire, 12 gauge
Steps To Make The Red And White Boondoggle
1. Bend the wire into a star. When you get back to the beginning of the star, bend a loop in one end and slide the other end though the loop. Then fold that end back to lock the ends together.
2. Cut a strip out of a t-shirt from the neck to the bottom about the width of your thumb. Pull the ends of the strip and the t-shirt piece will curl into “t-shirt yarn.” Make 2 strips of red and 2 strips of white.
3. Fold each strip in half and make a hoop-knot (see how below) onto the key chain ring.
4. Hold the 2 center strips (one will be red and one will be white) straight down. These will stay in the center the whole time. Take the left strip and lay it over the center strips in the shape of the number 4. Take the right strip and lay it over the tail of the 4-shape, then poke it under the center crisscross and back out through the opening in the 4-shape. Pull the ends and slide the knot up on the center strips. Repeat making the 4-shape on the other side.
5. Go back and forth making the 4-shapes on each side 7 times. Slide the star from step one onto 1 strip, then make one more 4-shape. Tie the ends in the back and trim.
What’s a hoop-knot? To make a hoop-knot, fold a piece of yarn in half. Pinch a U-shape at the folded end. Bend the U-shape over the ring and slide the other ends through the U. Pull tight. It’s also called a cow hitch! Moo!