Saturday, September 18, 2010

Recycled T-shirt Rug "Yarn"

The t-shirt rug is done.  Perfect for wiping my feet when I get home from work.
Nine old t-shirts saved from the landfill (3 yellow, 2 pink and 4 green). 
I used a really big vintage crochet hook about 10 inches long and thicker than a pencil.
Here is how I joined the 1 1/2 inch t-shirt strips:
Put two strips together, fold the ends over and snip.
Angle the sides to reduce bulk.
Turn one strip to face the opposite direction and line up the holes.
Pull the end of the bottom strip up through the holes.
All the way through, so you end up with a tidy join.
Don't pussy-foot; you'll need bunches of t-shirt "yarn." It crochets up quickly.
Know what I mean?

11 comments:

O'Quilts said...

I am totally impressed!

WoolenSails said...

You did a beautiful job on it. I love making rag rugs for entry ways and it is a great way to recycle old clothing.

Debbie

Mildred said...

I love it and the last picture is priceless!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

hahahah I loved the rug when I saw it this weekend in person but I realllyyyy love the last photo. Made me smile for sure.

Pat

Kim said...

It looks amazing. Great job figuring out the joining. Love the wave from kitty.

katie said...

TeeHee cute post. Love the rug.

carol said...

Wow! I really like this rug; nice colors | stitches; I think my hubby had better be watching his closet closely.

Susan said...

Thanks for the detailed instructions. I love the last step!

Becky said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! I've started saving colorful T-shirts and bookmarked your post. Again, thanks!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I'll bet that fabric is just ideal for those rugs, it must wash us nicely. And that looks pretty!

Dar said...

Just saw this post from the past. I too like to recycle old t-shirts into other useful objects and this is a great one. I do these rugs too but have used old, UGLY fabric strips that I was given that I know would not be put into any of my quilts! Thanks for the reminder that it may be time to recycle some of my old T-shirts now.

Thanks also for becoming a follower on my blog. I love meeting new followers and hope you will come back. That last photo of the kitty feet is great. I had 2 fur babies until last year. Now they are together in Heaven watching over me.