Thursday, September 15, 2011

T-shirt Up-cycle

We've got stacks of old, stained, holey t-shirts around here that I can't bring myself to throw away. A couple have been cut up into cleaning rags, but come on, how many cleaning rags do you need?

My solution...

I cut those puppies into long strips and turned them into "yarn," then taught myself how to crochet a rag rug. Seriously.

It's not even close to being perfect, but I made it myself, and I love it! It fits great in front of the sink or stove in the kitchen. 

I've been wanting to make a rag rug for awhile now, but the idea of sewing coils and coils of braided fabric together makes me want to scream. Plus, I prefer rectangular rugs, so I learned to crochet instead!

I used YouTube to learn a simple single crochet stitch, and went to town with it. Each color is a whole t-shirt (between 2x and 4x sizes) cut into strips, so my pile is 7 shirts shorter!

 I was inspired by this rug made by Cassandra from Flight of the Pook out of bed sheets:

and this awesome denim rug from Alison King made from 100 lbs. of up-cycled jeans. Holy moly. I Love it!

Maybe I'll use denim for the next rug. For now, keep your eye out for more t-shirt up-cycle projects to come!


  1. Great Job!!! I'm sort of new to crochet, too, this past year. I love's so relaxing! I've been wanting to try a tee shirt crochet project. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Looks great! I don't know what method you use to make your tarn but I just posted a tutorial on how I do it.

  3. Great idea. Congrats on learning how to crochet! I love all the rugs you show, and that denim one is awesome. I had one I made years ago for my kitchen, it finally fell apart. The colors of the denim jeans were very cool. Time for another, I think.

  4. That is os funny that you did this. I was thinking of making a braided rug for in front of my kitchen sink. My christmas one is still sitting there.