Saturday, June 13, 2009

Recycling T Shirts 1 : a rug

This projects started as a swap for some fabric with a friend. She wanted a rug, and I wanted her stash..So I learned to make a rug.

I started with a pile of old t shirts in bright colors, washed and dried them,and used a rotary cutter to cut into strips about an inch wide and 4 inches long:

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I cut up several shirts at a time, and sorted into bags by color. I used the mesh that is used for making latch hook rugs as the base:
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And used a latch hook tool to pull one end of a strip of fabric through the mesh
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And then tied a knot
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Trial and error proved that I didn't need to put a knot in every row, I did two rows, and skipped a row, and skipped a row diagonally as well. the t shirt material will full up space and stand straight up, giving a nice thick, fluffy rug:
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9 comments:

  1. I LOVE this idea! I need to try it, soon.

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  2. How do you bind the edges?

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  3. I don't know how I'll bind the edges yet..

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  4. Anonymous3:49 PM

    you can use sweaters with holes in them for this, too! or even old sheets/towels

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  5. Anonymous10:27 PM

    Awesome. Iv been looking for an idea for a rug. I have planty of old shirts i dont have the room for.

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  6. Fantabulous idea!!

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  7. Nancy1:03 PM

    But if you don't knot them, won't they slide out?

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  8. I knew there was a reason I held on to the remains of the tee shirts I used for a tee shirt quilt (the logo pieces)...

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  9. Anonymous4:01 PM

    Just fold the extra over and whip stitch it to the rug back. Or you cpuld fold the edge in first and tie it with the scraps as you make your rug

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