April 23, 2012

Crocheted Recycled Tee Shirt Rug

I found myself with a bunch of old tee shirts that needed a new purpose. Stains, holes and general over use rendered them useless for donation. With no need for more rags right now, I had to find another use for them.

The best shirts I made into grocery bags. This is a great idea that I got from my friend, Jenn. By sewing the bottom of the shirt closed, and cutting off the sleeves and neckline, a quick and easy bag can be made.

Tee Shirt Grocery Bag
The remainder of the shirts were cut into strips and crocheted into a rug. I used five extra large men’s shirts to make my small rug. It takes a little bit of time to prep the shirts for use. You could make just about anything with the tee shirt material if you have enough of it.

Recycled crocheted rug.
This is more of an outline than an actual pattern. Any size rug can be made by increasing the beginning chain (increases width of rug) and the number of rows (adds length). You can learn how to make the tee shirt strips here. My rug pattern is very basic. Some of the shirt material was stiff and hard to work with. I kept the rug simple for this reason. It seems silly to even write it out, but here it is anyway!

Crocheted Recycled Tee Shirt Rug

Tee shirt yarn- 5 shirts
Size P crochet hook

Row 1) Ch 32, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across turn.
Row 2) Ch 1, sc in each st across.
Row 3 -37) Repeat Row 2. Fasten off.
Row 38) Attach yarn along side of rug, ch 2, (sk next st, sc in next st) repeat around. In corners- sc1, ch 2, sc 1.


jenn said...

What were the final measurements on the rug? Is it stiff? Would you consider using T-yarn for anything else, like a hat?

I am glad that you liked my T-bag. I like it so much that it's one of the things that's coming with us in the van.

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