Tutorial | Knit Drawstring for Just Pennies a Yard 

It seems like every time I turn around I find myself falling in love with a pattern that needs a drawstring, or a hood string and while I could just cut a strip of the fabric I’m working with it’s so nice to have a few neutral (or custom) colors on hand ready to go.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know you could make over 30 yards for under $5??  Keep reading…

I picked up a few t-shirts from the local big box for I think $4.88 each.  You could also easily recycle a few used shirts from hubbys closet or Goodwill/Salvation Army. The key is to make sure they DO NOT have a side seam.

Lay it out and cut off the top from arm to arm leaving you with a big tube.

Starting with the raw edge, line up your ruler so taht it’s at an angle going from zero to 3/4″ (if you want thicker string you can increase the ending amount but that’s my preferred size).




Make the first cut so that your left with this uneven tail.

Now rotate the fabric so that the tail moves to the right and line up your ruler to cut along 3/4″ from the edge.  You won’t angle it again, just the first cut.  Now as you go it will be like peeling an apple in a spiral.  (Best description I have sorry! Haha!)




You just keep cutting and rotating until you get to the end.

Go through the whole strand and give it a little pull/stretch and you’ll see the edges curl in and your left with perfect drawstring for your next project.  No seams, so you can just cut the length you neeed every time!  I keep mine wrapped in a card for easy storage.


Now there’s no excuse to leave the drawstring out of those cute shorts on your list!

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