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Make Something from Nothing - How to Make a Crochet T-Shirt Rug

Updated on September 21, 2017
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The creative process has always been an important part of my life. Here I share some basics to help you along the road to creativity.

A Pastel T-shirt Rug

This is a photo of my first T-shirt rug.  I used 8 t-shirts for this rug.
This is a photo of my first T-shirt rug. I used 8 t-shirts for this rug. | Source

Recycle T-shirts Into Beautiful Crocheted Rugs

When I first saw these T-shirt rugs, I was intrigued by the idea of making a beautiful rug from worn out and outgrown T-shirts. It satisfied my penny-pinching nature to recycle rags into something useful and beautiful without spending a dime. The T-shirt rugs remind me of the braided and crocheted rag rugs that my grandmother used to make. Depending on the size of your T-shirts, it will take from 4 to 10 adult sized T-shirts to make a rug.


Learn How to Crochet Video

Suitable for Beginning Crocheters


T-shirt rugs are a suitable project for beginning crocheters as the whole project is done in single crochet. If you have not crocheted before or need a quick refresher course on how to get started, you will find the step-by-step video at right helpful.

Tools You'll Need

You'll need a rotary cutter or scissors, a cutting mat, crochet hook and scissors.
You'll need a rotary cutter or scissors, a cutting mat, crochet hook and scissors. | Source
Close up of rotary cutting tool.  Be careful! The blade is razor sharp!
Close up of rotary cutting tool. Be careful! The blade is razor sharp! | Source

Supplies Needed to Make a T-shirt Rug

One of the beauties of crocheting is that the supplies needed are so simple.

For a T-shirt rug, you will need the following items:

  • 4 or 8 T-shirts. The number of T-shirts you need will depend on the size of the shirts as well as the size of your finished rug. (For the 36" X 24" rug in the top photograph, I used 8 T-shirts cut into 1/2" strips.) The T-shirts you use can be faded, worn or have printing and designs. Even stained T-shirts are fine as most stains will not show once the strips are crocheted. Although rubbery decals make crocheting the strips a little stiffer, it's fine to use shirts with decals that are flaking off. Just raid the family's closet for the worst looking T-shirts!
  • Rotary Cutter Or Scissors. A rotary cutter is easier on your hands, but a good sharp pair of scissors will work just fine for cutting the T-shirt into strips.
  • Cutting Mat. If you use a rotary cutter, you'll need a cutting mat. If you use scissors, you just need table or counter top for laying out the shirt.
  • Size N Crochet Hook. A size N aluminum works best for me, but you can go up or down a size depending on how thick you cut your strips. The thicker you cut your strips, the larger the hook you will need.

Cutting the T Shirt

Fold T Shirt in half with sleeves together.
Fold T Shirt in half with sleeves together. | Source
Cut off the top portion just under the sleeve and cut off the hem just above the stitching.
Cut off the top portion just under the sleeve and cut off the hem just above the stitching. | Source
Begin to cut 3/4 inch slits in the fabric but stop short of cutting the strips completely off the shirt.
Begin to cut 3/4 inch slits in the fabric but stop short of cutting the strips completely off the shirt. | Source

OLFA Rotary Cutter for Cutting T-shirts

The maximum sharpness / Made in Japan /OLFA 45 mm High-quality tungsten steel Ergonomic Rotary Cutter & 45mm Rotary Blade Refill, 1-Pack Value Set
The maximum sharpness / Made in Japan /OLFA 45 mm High-quality tungsten steel Ergonomic Rotary Cutter & 45mm Rotary Blade Refill, 1-Pack Value Set

I was thrilled when I discovered that I could use this Rotary Cutter to quickly cut my t-shirts into strips. The ergonomic handle and razor sharp blade makes cutting through several layers super easy. I have some arthritis in my hands, and I found that this tool is so much easier on my hands than scissors. You will also need the self healing cutting mat.

 

Self-Healing Rotary Cutting Mat

OLFA 24" x 36" Double-Sided, Self-Healing Rotary Mat
OLFA 24" x 36" Double-Sided, Self-Healing Rotary Mat

If you've never used an OLFA self-healing Rotary Cutting Mat and OLFA Rotary Cutter, you are in for a treat. The mat is essential for use with a rotary cutter. You can place several layers of fabric on it and zip through them with your razor sharp rotary cutter without every leaving a mark on the mat. Like magic, your mat heals itself! The handy grid helps you to cut even lines in your fabric and makes cutting multiple T-shirts into strips an easy project.

 

How to Cut a Continuous Strip From One Shirt

By cutting the T-shirt into the longest strips of fabric possible, you will have a smoother finished rug. If cut properly, each T-shirt will make one long strip of fabric "yarn." Follow these steps for cutting the T-shirt:

  1. Start your project by folding your T-shirt in half lengthwise so that the sleeves are together.
  2. Cut off the top of the T-shirt just under the armholes. (I save this piece of shirt to use for dusting.)
  3. Cut off the bottom hem of the T-shirt and discard.
  4. Now you will have the trunk part of the shirt left to work with, a tube shaped piece of fabric. Turn the fabric so that the cut edges are facing to the sides.
  5. Now fold the bottom edge up to within about 1.5 inches of the top. The top 1.5 inches will be 2 layers thick while the rest of the fabric is 4 layers thick. A rotary cutter should cut 4 layers easily, but if you are cutting with scissors, you may not want to fold the fabric.
  6. Starting about a 1/2" to 3/4" from one edge, cut a strip from the bottom up to within 1 inch of the top. If the fabric is folded, you will cut through the 4 layers all the way through the fold and then stop before cutting the strip all the way off the shirt.
  7. Continue to cut strips 1/2 inches wide, each time stopping short of cutting the strip completely off the main fabric piece.

Final Cutting

When the T shirt is cut into strips, slide your hand into the tube to separate it.
When the T shirt is cut into strips, slide your hand into the tube to separate it. | Source
Make a diagonal cut from the right outer edge to the back of the first long cut.
Make a diagonal cut from the right outer edge to the back of the first long cut. | Source
Then make a diagonal cut from the next cut to the third back cut.  Continue until you have one long strip.
Then make a diagonal cut from the next cut to the third back cut. Continue until you have one long strip. | Source

Finishing the Cutting Process


If these final steps in cutting the shirt are done properly (see tip below), you will have one long strip of fabric from each T-shirt.

  1. Pick up the tube with the cuts in it and slide your hand into the tube separating the two layers of fabric.
  2. All the raw edges of fabric will make lots of lint. Before cutting further, take your cut tube outdoors and shake out as much lint as you can. It's best to do this before the final cutting as trying to shake out one long strip will result in many tangles that are difficult to undo.
  3. With scissors, make the first cut from the edge closest to your fingers diagonally into the top of the first cut. This will be the end of your strip, and the strip will drop down and hang free.
  4. Continue cutting diagonally from each front cut to the next back cut. If you do this correctly, you will be able to pull one long, continuous strip of fabric away from the tube as you go along.

[Tip: If you are unsure about cutting the shirt, try a practice run on a plastic grocery bag. Cut off the bottom edge and the handles and then practice the remaining cutting.]

Don't worry if your strips are not exactly the same size, or if you have little jogs in the cuts. The stretchy knit fabric of T-shirts will cover a multitude of cutting flaws, and you will never see them in your finished product.

You Should Have One Continuous Strip

You should have one continuous strip from each T-shirt.
You should have one continuous strip from each T-shirt. | Source
Wind strips into a ball to keep from tangling.
Wind strips into a ball to keep from tangling. | Source
Begin your project.
Begin your project. | Source

Wind "Yarn" Into a Ball

Once you have completed the cutting, wind the strip of "yarn" into a ball to keep it from getting tangled. I like to cut at least two shirts and roll the strips into balls before I start crocheting.

If you are using different colored T-shirts, think about which colors you want next to each other. My first rug was made from pastel T-shirts, and I found the color combination quite pleasing. The rug pictured will be red, white and blue.


Crocheting Instructions

Abbreviations: ch=chain; sc= single crochet

Rnd 1: Chain 15 (or desired length). 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch down the side, 3 sc in end ch and sc up the other side. I skip the join at the end of each round and keep working in a spiral, but it is helpful to mark the end of the round with a piece of contrasting yarn or plastic. (Alternate to spiral: join with a slip stitch at the end of each round. Chain 1, work as below.)


Rnd 2: 2 sc in each of the 3 end sc. Sc in each sc down the side. 2 sc in each of 3 end sc, sc in each sc up the other side.


Rnd 3: sc around increasing approximately 3 evenly spaced sc at each "end". It's important to have the increases evenly spaced because otherwise your rug will grow lopsided.


Rnd 4- desired length: continue in spiral until rug is desired size.


Last Round: Work in sc around with no increases. This will make for a firm edge. End with a slip stitch. Work in loose ends.


Review of Cutting Steps

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Photo of T-Shirt Rug in Progress

This rug is going to be red, blue and shades of gray. I've used 4 T-shirts so far.
This rug is going to be red, blue and shades of gray. I've used 4 T-shirts so far. | Source

Make Your Own Unique T-shirt Rug

Make your own unique T-shirt rug by changing the shape and size of your rug. While the rugs shown are oval, you can easily make them in round or rectangular shapes depending on where you plan to use them. You can make your rug thicker or thinner by cutting the strips wider or narrower.

The best part of this project is that you are recycling your old T-shirts into a fresh, pretty and durable handmade rug. Have fun!





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Various sized bags crocheted from recycled plastic grocery bags make a great bag for the beach.
Various sized bags crocheted from recycled plastic grocery bags make a great bag for the beach. | Source

Like the T-shirt Rugs? Try the Beach Bag Project, Too!


Check out the crochet Beach Bag project using recycled plastic grocery bags -- sounds odd, but they're really cute! These bags are great to take to the beach or on a picnic. Use different colors for variety. Click here for instructions: Crochet Beach Bag Project.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 days ago from USA

      I'm not sure, Angela, but I wonder if it's something with the way you are turning the corners. Are you crocheting back and forth or going round and round?

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      Angela 4 days ago

      I have tried several times to make a square rug and although it turns out square the contrasting color always looks way off like almost diamond shape inside the square what is the problem?

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      Stephanie Henkel 13 months ago from USA

      There are some pretty color choices in commercially make fabric yarn, but I love the idea of recycling old T-shirts. I have found that you can make yarn out of almost any tightly knit fabric like turtle necks, tank tops and even skirts or dresses. However you do it, there are lots of interesting ways to use it.

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      Margarida Borges 13 months ago from Lyon, France

      I've also done some fabric yarn crafts but I usually buy it on stores, ready made, so I can have more color choices.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Wonderful instructions and lots of helpful photos.

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      Amanda 2 years ago

      This is so much better than the other way s i have seen.....it finally made sense to me thanks.....

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Whidbeywriter - Glad you liked it. Have fun with your project!

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      Mary Gaines 3 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Love your idea will have to try, thank you!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Sherry Hewins - These rugs are quick and easy projects as they use larger crochet hooks and only one stitch. Great for a beginner!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      VVanNess - The learn to crochet video in this hub is quite easy to follow. If you want to give it a try, I suggest starting out with yarn as it's a little easier to handle, but I'm sure you can learn to do it and make your own beautiful projects! :) Thanks for stopping by to read and for your nice comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Tilisontitan - I love the idea of making a rug with old ties! I'll bet it is beautiful! Thanks for the read...and happy New Year!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      CraftytotheCore - These are fun to make and the materials cost nothing. Recycling the t-shirts gives me an excuse to get rid of faded and worn out shirts and do something creative through the winter. Have fun with your projects!

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      Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      It looks like a nice fast crochet projects.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I've always wanted to learn how to crochet. My sister-in-law makes the most beautiful items for all of the family members every Christmas. This year she made a play mat for a new baby in our family in the shape of a huge monkey head. It was so precious.

      I commend you for your determination. Very nice Hub! Maybe one day I'll too learn how to master this beautiful art.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      This is great Stephanie! My father (yes my father) made a rag rug out of old ties. He had to wear a tie to work everyday and when he had a collection of old ones he decided to make a rug. Like you, he was very creative.

      Thanks for always sharing your wonderful, talented, projects!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Wow, this is a really clever idea! I love the beach bag too. I once purchased a beach bag made in Africa that was weaved from recycled plastic grocery store bags. I love the rug idea here.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Samita.Jassi - I'm so glad you liked it. A T-shirt rug is a great project to make out of recycled t-shirts.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Sharkye11 - The crochet t-shirt rug is perfect for a bathroom rug. A small rug can be done fairly quickly, and you'll have a pretty, durable, washable rug in no time. The effect of the crochet rug is similar to braiding, but I think it's easier because you don't have to go back and sew anything together. Have fun with it!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Awesome idea! I always have tons of tee-shirt fabric in my scrap box(es). Was planning on making a braided rug with my daughter, but I might make one of these first. Looks like a great way to make a custom-sized bathroom rug for my tiny bath! Voting up and more!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Sany72 - I'm so glad you enjoyed my article on how to make a t-shirt rug from recycled t-shirts. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Panga Sandu Teodor 4 years ago from Romania

      cool post

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      pstraubie48 - One of the reasons I love these rugs is because they remind me of the rag rugs my grandmother used to make. Recycling t-shirts is a great way to make beautiful and useful rugs. Do give it a try. Thanks for stopping in to comment and thanks for your votes, too!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Stephanie

      I do not know how I missed this but this is awesome. My Momma used to make rag rugs but she braided hers by hand In college I made a wool rug on a loom..it was gorgeous but the moths loved it too much.

      I have boomarked this to try and am voting this UP up and away

      Sending you Angels this evening..Pinned :) ps

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      AudraLeigh - Sometimes I amaze myself, LOL! Thank you! :)

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Clever, clever, clever!!! You amaze me!!!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Slakermom - The great thing about this is that you can use the body of the t-shirt for the t-shirt rug and you still have the pieces that you cut off (sleeves and top) to use for rags. There's no waste! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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      Lisa Palmer 5 years ago from Attapulgus GA

      Absolutely awesome hub. I also like to recycle everything I can ( some say frugal but I am just plain cheap). I usually just make cleaning rags with old shirts but this is a terrific idea. Voted up.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Specialk3749 - I'm so glad you like the crochet t-shirt rug project! If your daughter likes to crochet and is into recycling, she may also like the crochet beach bag project that is linked above. Thanks so much for stopping in to read and for your comment!

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      Karen Metz 5 years ago from Michigan

      What a very interesting project! I will pass this on to my daughter who is always looking for a recycled project to enter into our fair! Thank you for the creative idea!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      StephSev108 - I'm glad you enjoyed my hub on how to make a crochet t-shirt rug! It's a fun thing to do, and a great way to recycle!

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is awesome! Thank you!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Vibesites - I especially like this rug made out of recycled t-shirts because I can finally get rid of some of those frayed and worn favorites and feel virtuous about reusing the fabric! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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      vibesites 5 years ago from United States

      Very useful hub. I'm advocating anything that has to do with recycling. Keep it up! :D

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Joaniebaby - My hub on how to crochet a t-shirt rug has been popular. I think that people like the idea of creating something new and beautiful out of materials that they have on hand. Thanks for your comment and votes!

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      Looks as though your Hub is a great success. I too love to crochet and will have to try this. Voted up and useful.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Bettynj - Thanks for visiting my hubs on Making Something from Nothing. I'm not sure which part was funny, but glad you enjoyed it!

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      bettynj 5 years ago from Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

      very funny, I think the bag will be special.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Sally's Trove - I made my rug in a couple of days - it really does go quickly because of the bulky "yarn" and large crochet hooks used. Thanks for the comment and the pin!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      tjdavis - Crocheting is a great hobby, good for you that you've taught yourself! I learned the basic stitches from my mother and grandmother, but the most useful thing my mom taught me was how to read a pattern. I hope you enjoy trying some projects from t-shirts or the plastic bags. You can use very simple stitches and materials cost nothing. Have fun and thanks for your comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Jools99 - I've seen some rugs woven of long strips of fabric, but haven't hear of "clippy mats." That sounds intriguing! Now you have piqued my curiosity - I'll have to do some research (unless you'll be posting a hub on them). I love making things from recycled materials! Thanks so much for your comments, votes and share!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Sounds like a great idea, Linda! Save those old t-shirts! :)

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a super idea for recycling those tee-shirts. It seems as though a rug would come together pretty quickly, too. Pinned!

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      Teresa Davis 5 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      I am an avid self-taught crocheter, but I never thought of using an old t-shirt. I also loved the beach bag. The bag is something I will be trying myself. Thanks..voted it up!!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Stephanie, interesting and useful hub. Making rugs from old fabric 'clippings' was once a tradition in my part of the world, not so much now - they were called 'clippy mats', my mam still talks about the one at the bottom of their bed. They were made on a length of cotton and sort of hand-woven so probably took a while to put together but were very 'eco' like your tee-shirt recycling :o) voted up and shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fantastic hub. One day when I'm stowed away we could create one together! :) Tweet :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Barbara Kay - Thank you for sharing my hub on making crochet t-shirt rugs with your crochet group! I hope they enjoy it. Summer is a great time to weed out those old t-shirts and recycle them into a great project! I appreciate the share!

      P.S. They may also like the beach bags from recycled grocery bags project.

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      I shared this link with my crochet group. It's a nice project.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Sunshine625 - I'm sure your t-shirts would make some lovely throw rugs. When I first became interested in recycling t-shirts into rugs, I used to beg, borrow and steal t-shirts from my family. I even gave up a few of my tattered old favorites, and they did make beautiful rugs. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Mythicalstorm273 - The video for beginning crocheters is easy to follow if you want to give it a try. Once you get the basic stitches, following a pattern is a snap! Good luck with it, and thanks for stopping in for the read!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This hub is superb, but I'm not surprised. I'll send you my t-shirts!:))

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      I've always wanted to learn crocheting, but honestly it seems a little over whelming. I will be saving this one to come back to if I ever do get around to learning though! Amazing hub with great detail!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Lilleyth - Have fun with crocheting with t-shirts!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Great idea! Have tons of old tees.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Jamie,

      I love recycled projects, too, especially those that I can turn into something truly beautiful like this crochet t-shirt rug. Glad you enjoyed both hubs - thanks for commenting and voting!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      AudreyHowitt - Glad you enjoyed my article on making a crochet t-shirt rug from recycled t-shirts. Thanks for commenting!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Vocalcoach - I'm so glad to hear that you are inspired to try this recycled t-shirt crochet rug. I think you'll find the video very helpful when you start out... good luck on the project!

      Thanks much for your UP votes!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is my favorite crafts project! Can't wait to start on it. I've never crochet before but will follow your instructions, plus I have a friend who can help me if needed. The rug is beautiful. I want to make some of these for gifts and I love the idea that this project is "green."

      Voted a big up, useful, interesting and awesome!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Very cool! Loved this idea and you lay it out so well!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      HI Stephanie, I LOVE projects like this that takes one thing and re-purposes it into something else! The rug is great and I also loved that beach bag, too. Voting up :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Crochetliens - Glad you enjoyed the hub about making a crochet t-shirt rug! Thanks for the read!

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      Crochetliens 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Love this! Thank you :D

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      RoslynMB1959 - I'm glad you like the idea of a crochet t-shirt rug. They're fun and easy to make. It's a great way to recycle old t-shirts into something useful and attractive.

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      RoslynMB1959 5 years ago from Rainham, Medway

      Wow what a great idea i just might try this thanks.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Glad you liked it Jyole!

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      jyoie 5 years ago

      Very cute!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Cookies4breakfast - I'm so glad that you found this useful and informative. These crochet rugs from recycled t-shirts are fun and easy to make. Enjoy!

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      cookies4breakfast 5 years ago from coastal North Carolina

      Voted up and useful! This is wonderfully informative, and I appreciate the photos! Can't wait to try it--

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      GDiBiase - Are you weaving, braiding or crocheting your rag rug? My grandmother used to crochet them, but she also did braided rag rugs which were beautiful. I think you'll enjoy the crochet t-shirt rug - Good luck with your projects! Thanks for stopping by to visit and share!

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      GDiBiase 5 years ago from Portland, ME

      Hi Stephanie,

      I love this idea, I am currently making a rag rug, I am pretty sure once I get that made I will have to make one of these.

      Thanks for sharing

      Gail

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      CCamoroso - I've enjoyed making several of these rugs from recycled t-shirts, and have been very pleased with the results. Glad you found the instructions helpful! Thanks for visiting!

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      CCamoroso 5 years ago from California

      I really love the step by step instructions. Very nifty project indeed!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      mljdgulley354 - My grandmother also crocheted rugs, though she liked to use recycled wool clothing. I do have another hub about crocheting beach bags out of recycled plastic bags. They are also great for making small throw rugs that are easy to clean. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Stephanie this hub brought back memories of my grandmother crocheting rugs. She also used bread sacks.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Southernadver - Glad you liked it! Thanks for visiting.

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      southernadver 5 years ago from SC, USA

      nice hub very creative! I really appreciate it! thanks!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Formosangirl - I think you'll enjoy this project. Recycling old t-shirts into beautiful rugs is a great crochet project.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Stephanie Henkel, I enjoyed this hub. I love reusing what I have as well as crocheting.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I'm sure with a short lesson you'd be crocheting along with the best of them. It does help to have someone guide you in starting your first project, but there are some good videos and books for beginners out there, too. The great thing about crochet is that you can do very nice projects using only a couple of basic stitches. In the case of the crochet t-shirt rug, you only need to know how to chain and single crochet.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is another amazing hub. I'm baffled by the art of crochet and as simple as you make it appear here...would have to have someone actually demonstrate it and guide me along! Great hub-voted up/useful/interesting!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      MoiraCrochets - I've enjoyed some of your crocheting hubs, too. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment on my crochet a t-shirt rug.

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 5 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Beautiful hub! I crochet a lot too!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Thelma Alberts - I used to love to spend winter evenings by the fireplace crocheting or knitting, too. There's just something so cozy about it! Perhaps you'll enjoy making a crochet t-shirt rug this winter... Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      This is (crochet) one of my hobby before together with knitting and sewing. It was fun and very relaxing at the same time. Thanks for reminding me how I loved those days in front of the telly on winter times. Thanks for sharing.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Frugalfamily - This sounds like it would be fun to do with the kids - maybe you'll even get to use some of their worn out t-shirts! Have fun with it, and thanks for pinning it!

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      Another awesome project. Hopefully the kids can help me out with this one...I'm pinning it for others to see!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Millionaire Tips - If you like making things from recycled materials, I think you'll enjoy this project. If you need a refresher on how to get started crocheting, the video may be helpful. Your denim weaving sounds like fun, too! Thanks for stopping in to comment!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This looks beautiful. I have made small crochet samples before, but don't really feel like I know it very well. Right now, I am cutting up some denim to weave into a rug. Maybe after that, I might consider this project. There are so many fun things to make!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      SilverGenes - I know what you mean! This rug contains a favorite t-shirt that I wore until you could read newsprint through it! But I'm happy to see it as part of the rug I now use everyday. Thanks for stopping in - hope you enjoy the project!

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      Now I know what to do with my favourite t-shirts when they become - er - less than ideal for wearing under any circumstances. I just love this idea!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      ibidd54 - I'm glad that my instructions for the crocheted T-shirt rug will be helpful to you! I was just thinking that this would be a good evening project now that the days are getting shorter! Might even make a good Christmas gift! Have fun with it and thanks for visiting and commenting!

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      lbidd54 6 years ago from The beautiful Jersey Shore

      Great hub and complete instructions. I have wanted to make a rug out of tees and am so glad to have your good instructions. Thanks!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      A.Creative Thinker- Now I'm thinking these T-shirt rugs would be fun to make for Christmas gifts, too! I love to recycle! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

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      A.CreativeThinker 6 years ago

      These ideas are great! It's amazing what you can do when you recycle with old clothes. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

      Regards,

      A.CreativeThinker

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      It sounds like you have everything you need to get started on some great t-shirt rugs. Have fun with your project. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      lael8 6 years ago from Rapid City, SD

      This is awesome! now I know what to do with those bags of t-shirts my boys have outgrown that are taking up space in the garage!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Karen, Aren't craft projects always more fun if you do them with kids or grandchildren? I hope you and your granddaughter enjoy this project as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by to read my hub and to comment!

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      Karen Graham 6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      The T-shirt rug caught my eye! I am going to make one. I think it will be a good project for my 16 year old Graqnddaughter, too. She is always looking for something unique and interesting to do. I think I will also take your advise and practice on a plastic bag first before cutting into the T-shirt!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Carrie, I'm sure you'll enjoy experimenting with these t-shirt rugs. Have fun and thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh wow thats lovely!! need to try it out.

      carrie

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Enlydia, I'm glad you found me and that you like the idea of T-shirt rugs. It's a great way to recycle old t-shirts into something useful and beautiful. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.