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How to Make a Rug From Old Tee Shirts

Updated on November 19, 2014

Use recycled fabrics to create a rug

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Coco couldn't wait for me to finish the rug before she used it.Step 1:  Cut up old tee shirts, fabric remnants and cut into long strips.  Then make braids out of three strips and from those same braided strips, tie one en, grab another three braids and braid those.  You should be braiding three braids now.Step 2:  Place flat on floor or table and shape it into what you want.  I made a circle, hand sewing as I went along the sides until my shape was complete.Step 3:  Finished Product.
Coco couldn't wait for me to finish the rug before she used it.
Coco couldn't wait for me to finish the rug before she used it.
Step 1:  Cut up old tee shirts, fabric remnants and cut into long strips.  Then make braids out of three strips and from those same braided strips, tie one en, grab another three braids and braid those.  You should be braiding three braids now.
Step 1: Cut up old tee shirts, fabric remnants and cut into long strips. Then make braids out of three strips and from those same braided strips, tie one en, grab another three braids and braid those. You should be braiding three braids now.
Step 2:  Place flat on floor or table and shape it into what you want.  I made a circle, hand sewing as I went along the sides until my shape was complete.
Step 2: Place flat on floor or table and shape it into what you want. I made a circle, hand sewing as I went along the sides until my shape was complete.
Step 3:  Finished Product.
Step 3: Finished Product.

Make a Rug in 3 Easy Steps

I will admit this rug was for the hallway but Coco didn't let me finish it before she plopped down on it and made it her own. It is definitely her rug now.

If you have old tee shirts or clothes with great colors or prints you don't want to throw out, don't. There will always be a use for fabrics and a little imagination. After finding a bag of old fabrics and shirts, I decided to make a small circular rug. All you will need are the following:

  • Fabrics
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread

Step 1: Grab your fabric pieces and colors you want to use or use them all. Depending on the size you want your rug is how many pieces you will need. If you have a lot of short pieces but love the colors, tie them together and make long pieces. I just started doing that until I had a very long piece of Frankenstein looking rope, cut that into three pieces that measures approximately the same length and made one very long braid.

Step 2: From that braid, I cut and made three long braids that also measured about the same length and braided those together. I grabbed my needle and thread and started hand sewing the braids to the center core, moving my way around and around until my circle was done.

Step 3: Grab your scissors and trim the excess fabric that will be sticking out unless you're like me and prefer the rustic look of it. Your rug is done!

Tip: If you use fabric that is washable like I did, make sure you sew your pieces securely so they won't come apart in the washer. The cotton or tee shirt fabrics and towels work best for this project. But you can mix and match with lighter fabrics like polyester or nylon as I did with my rug. The red poly frayed and I love the way that made it look, giving it more texture.

Good luck with yours and remember, don't throw out anything until you find a creative way to revamp it. You can always make something you already have into something completely different you can use.

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