Upcycling is all the rage right now. This week’s Make It Monday post is a tutorial on making an upcycled Tshirt Rag Rug.
The first step is to purchase a rug mat that you will use for the base of your rug. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby. They have several sizes available and of course you can cut it to the size or shape that you want.
Next, decide if you will use a certain color scheme or anything goes. I have an abundance of blue and white t-shirts. Being from Kentucky, we have to support our Wildcats, so I have plenty tshirts in those colors. They have been sitting in a stack on a shelf in my closet, just waiting for the right project to come along.
The next step to making your up cycled tshirt rag rug is to lay your tshirt out and cut it into 1 inch strips. I used a rotary cutter and mat, to make the process faster but if you don’t have those, a pair of scissors will work just as well.
While I was cutting I went ahead and cut the blue shirt too.
After you have the strips cut you will need to cut them again into pieces that are about 4 inches long.
Once you have all of the pieces cut it is now time to start putting them into the rug. I decided that I was going to do a chevron pattern. I laid the mat on top of a piece of newspaper and traced out my pattern.
When I first started I was trying to fill every hole but realized that I really didn’t need it that thick so I just started skipping around. There is really no pattern to it, although it did seem that if I put the pieces in diagonally rather than side to side, I didn’t need to use as many strips and could leave more spaces blank. You really just have to play around with it and see what works for you. Here’s a picture of the back side of the rug when I first started.
This is a project that you can work on as you sit and watch TV in the evenings, but be prepared to end up with a lot of tshirt fuzz on you! I had on a black shirt and pants and I was covered in fuzz! This is still a work in progress. I had hoped to finish it this weekend but just haven’t had the time. Here is a picture of what I have done so far.