How to Make a T-Shirt Rug

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How to Make a T-Shirt Rug
Recycle your family's old T-shirts to make a rag rug. ( Images)

Clean out your family's closets and recycle their old T-shirts into new home accessories. T-shirts are made of a jersey fabric that does not fray when cut. This versatile fabric can be used as the foundation and embellishments for your projects. When cut into long strips and stretched slightly, a round cord develops that can be used as lacing or fringe. Make a T-shirt rug piled high with a soft cushion of jersey fringe.

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Things you need

  • Extra-large T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Yardstick
  • Permanent marking pen
  • Variety of old T-shirts
  • Crochet hook

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  1. 1

    Lay one extra-large T-shirt on your work surface. Cut across the width of the body just below the sleeves. The bottom of the T-shirt is a tube. Cut open the tube and lay it flat. Cut a rectangle the size desired for your rug.

  2. 2

    Lay a yardstick on top of the rectangle, along one long edge. Position the yardstick a 1/2 inch from the edge. Using a permanent marker, make a mark on the rectangle every 1/2 inch along the length of the yardstick. Move the yardstick over another 1/2 inch and repeat the markings. Mark the entire surface of the T-shirt rectangle in the same way.

  3. 3

    Cut a 1/4-inch slit over each mark made on the rectangle. This is your prepared canvas for your rug.

  4. 4

    Cut 1-inch-wide strips from a variety of old T-shirts. Stretch the length of the strips slightly to create a curl along the long edges. Cut the strips into 6-inch-long pieces. You will need one strip for each hole cut in the rectangle, minus one row of holes along one long edge.

  5. 5

    Lay the prepared T-shirt rug canvas on your work surface. Working across the width of the canvas and starting on one short edge, insert a crochet hook down through the first hole and up through the second on the first row. Grab the end of one T-shirt strip with the crochet hook. Pull it back through the holes. You will have an end of the strip extending from each hole. Adjust the ends, with an even amount extending on each side.

  6. 6

    Fold the strip extending from the second hole out of the way. Insert the crochet hook down through the second hole and up through the third. Grab the end of another strip and pull it back through the holes. Adjust the ends in the same way as the first. You will have two strips extending from the second hole. Add strips to the end of the row, following the same pattern of inserting the hook down into the last hole with a strip extending and up through the next hole. The first and the last hole of the row will have only one strip extending.

  7. 7

    Attach strips in the next row in the same way and in each additional row until the rug has been filled. The closeness of the holes and the bulk of the fringe will hold the strips in place. No knotting or sewing is needed.

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