They just keep coming. Even though I give plenty of them away, the closets just keep getting stuffed with those t-shirts!
Here’s a whole bunch of them pulled right from the drawers.
Even though there’s still more to give away I’m tempted to see if I can’t make use of some of these and turn them into something else.
Let’s stick with something easy. Let’s try a braided t-shirt rug! From what I can tell from youtube and etsy it looks like it might be super duper easy!
This will be my very first attempt so I’ll try and post this how-to as I go…you’ll learn as I learn!
STEP 1: Make the T-Shirt Yarn. Each t-shirt can make a continuous piece of yarn the is 2″ wide by 20 or more feet long!
Start by laying the t-shirt flat on a cutting mat.
Then cut off the hem at the bottom and score strips from one edge BUT NOT THROUGH the other edge 2″ apart.
Go all the way up the shirt until you can’t go anymore — usually just under the armpit. Here you can see that I was able to score 7 strips. Not bad!
Next, open up the un-cut side. You’ll then start at one end and slice the beginning on a diagonal.
Then continue the diagonal cut to eventually yield one long continuous piece of 2″ wide material!
Now, here’s the cool part. Start stretching! Really stretch the fabric. It will lengthen and curl the raw edge into itself!
Now braid some strands together and swirl them into a circle.
Stitch together the braids and you’ll have the start of a rug!
This is as far as I got yesterday. So far this represents 4 t-shirts! I have so many to cut up and can’t wait to see how this comes out!
Isn’t this cool?