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Old T Shirt Shag Rug

Old tshirt Shag Rug Tutorial from #repurpose #oldtee #diyA beautiful and durable rug made from old t shirts and a grip rug liner.

WARNING: This project requires a LOT of patience and a LOT of old t shirts.

By no means is this rug difficult to make. It’s really very simple, you just tie a bunch of knots. But there are a ton of knots to tie, and a lot of pieces to cut. What you’ll need.

  • 30+ Old T Shirts
  • Rug Grip cut to the size you want your rug: if you don’t know what i mean, check this link:

Next you’ll need to start cutting pieces of old t shirt that are approximately 5inches x 1 inch. You can cut each piece individually, and you’ll have to do that for certain parts of the shirt. But to save a little time, you can cut the bottom of he shirt like you are making t shirt yarn, then cut it into 5 inch segments. No matter how you decide to cut the material, you will find a way that’s efficient for you. Like I mentioned before, you will be cutting a LOT of strips.

how to make tshirt yarn

how to make old t shirt yarn

Be prepared that this takes a lot of shirts so choose a color scheme that you can keep finding shirts to match. That is why I chose black, white and grey. I figured I had a lot of shirts those colors and they would be easy to find I case I ran out… I still almost ran out! Next you pull the yarn through the holes in the rug lining and knot each piece. To keep the pattern from clumping by colors, I tried to tie all the pieces so that no piece was touching a piece of the same color. This really helped to evenly distribute the colors. I worked on this rug on and off for 2 months, keeping a large baggy filled with old t shirt strips to use whenever I got time to work on it. Then I kept replenishing the bag until the rug was finished.

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Kitchen Sneak Peak

The rug now has a permanent home in my kitchen, right by the sink. The knotting causes the rug to be thick, and it provides an awesome cushion on the tile floor where I spend a lot of time standing. I have also washed it in the washing aching, and it helped up incredibly well, only loosing a handful of old t shirt strips. It took a while to dry, but that can be expected from such a thick rug. Also, check out a sneak peak of my kitchen redo that my black, white and grey shag rug fits perfectly into. Have you ever tried to make a rug? I’d love to hear your stories. Old TShirt Shag Rug Tutorial from #repurpose #oldtee #diy Old tshirt Shag Rug Tutorial from #repurpose #oldtee #diy

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  1. This is pretty sweet! I want to do one!! Pinning it!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Making a rag rug has been on my “to do” list since I was a kid, I’ve never seen this method before. One day I will make one, but there is always so much else to do! I like the idea of having it just there to pick up now and again. Yours looks great.

  3. I <3 your rag rug!!!!! Pinned:)

  4. Good Morning Kristy, Rag rugs were very popular in England during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s here in England as it was a way of making use of old clothes and not throwing anything a way. My Gramps used to make half moon shaped rugs which used to be placed by the fireside in the parlour. As you mentioned they are lovely under foot. I love how you have colour co-ordinated your rag rug. I have made a rug before using a wool hook and wool, but I have never made a rag rug. I love the idea of having one in my kitchen, so I think I will start collecting t-shirts….. my husband had better watch out as his t-shirts might start disappearing.
    Best Wishes

  5. Wonderful tutorial, pinning to my tshirt craft board !

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful project on The Inspiration Board at homework. You were featured in the spotlight!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    carolyn ~ homework

  7. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Your rug looks so soft and fluffy!

  8. This rug looks so soft and pretty.


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