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tshirt rug: a retrospective

I finally finished my expletive tshirt rug!

tshirt rug complete

I was pretty tired of it when all was said and done. After I tied down the last stitch, I grunted my way up from the floor, took a look and harumphed out of the room. I peeked back in a few hours later and I was in love! I think this is why I craft – the feeling of accomplishing something. I didn’t know what I was doing (or why I was doing it for that matter) when I started my rug. But after hours of labor and thought and attempting, undoing, and retrying, I’ve finally accomplished something. Maybe it’s a rug, but it’s a Something.

Let’s have a look back at the evolution of the ole tshirt rug. It was only yesterday that you were a mere idea in my mind…

This is hilarious now, but here are the tshirt yarn balls I started with. I really thought I would make a rug out of these….

tshirt yarn

…and then we got this tiny thing.

tshirt rug 1

Actually, I was really proud of it at that point. I wish I could have kept up with the color scheme, but I didn’t have enough shirts. That’s when I started scouring all my resources for free tshirts.

tshirt rug 2

Progress! Feelin’ good! Oh wait, how big is it really?
tshirt rug 2 with jack

I really didn’t have use for a tshirt doormat, so I kept going.

tshirt rug 3

Hey, we’re gettin’ somewhere. This was when poor Jackdog decided it was his new bed, which made it difficult to work on. He’s a big guy. So I gave in and bought somewhere around 30 tshirts. Whatever size rug I was going to end up with after that would be it!
tshirt yarn balls

Now you see why those first 8 balls are so laughable? So, long-story-long, I’m finished! I’m finished! And it’s nice. (I’m a bit surprised.)

tshirt rug 4

tshirt rug complete with jack

If you’re interested, look back in a couple of days and I’ll post about all the things I learned. If you’re not interested, look back anyway just to be nice to me. Thanks, friend.

So that’s it! I’m finished! What the heck do I do with myself now?


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twine coasters

Hey friends! You know those things I was going to do this weekend? Well I didn’t. I procrastinated and hemmed and hawwed and did some other stuff instead. There’s always tomorrow, right?

So, remember when we made those lovely twine vases together?

As it turns out, I still have a lot of twine and a lot of glue. When I happened upon these cork coasters at IKEA I knew exactly what to do: twine coasters. Now, you may think I’m overtwinin’ it, but bear with me.

How to make twine coasters:

If you already made twine vases this will be really easy. If you didn’t make the twine vases this will be…still really easy! It just is.

1. You need: twine of your choosing, our new favorite glue WeldBond and some cork circles. I got my coasters at IKEA for super cheapo ( 4 for $0.99), but I’ve purchased them from Hobby Lobby before.

2. Put a dab of glue in the middle of your coaster. Now, it would be really helpful here if you did some mathematics or graphing or some sort of figurin’ out the middle of your coaster. That way your twine spiral can be centered. If you’re not a “measure twice cut once” kind of person, then you can do as I did and throw caution to the wind, wing it and then just bemoan your uncentered twine.

3. Take your twine and start a little spiral. I spiraled it as much as I could before it started to lose shape, at which point I stuck it on the glue.

vanity got the best of me and i had to crop my fingers out. don’t you think close-ups of fingers are kind of weird?

4. Now just add glue, spiral your twine around, add glue, spiral twine until you get to the edge (at which point you’ll see what I mean about it being centered or not). Once you’re at the edge, put some glue on the outer perimeter so you may finish the sides with twine as well.

once again, i'm probably over-gluing.


almost finished!

5. Carefully wrap your twine around the edge, press firmly to make sure the end sticks really well, let it dry and you’re finished!

If you’re thinking that this is too much twine, well I think you’re wrong! Just look at it sitting comfortably under this coffee cup.

Actually you may be right. I think I need a break from twine. I’m just about tired of tshirts too. I sense a new material obsession on the horizon…

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twine vases

Yesterday I asked my dad what he was going to do on his Sunday afternoon. His response: “I think I’ll do nothing, because….well, I’m good at it.” He wasn’t lying. He excelled at doin nothing all day, except when he and I banded together on a noble quest to rid the house of all Oreos – for the good of the family.

When I wasn’t helping my dad defeat the evil cookie forces I spent some time making these twine vases.

twine bottles

Aww, that’s very nice of you to say. I think they’re lovely too.

My crafty coworker brought me all the materials and know-how to create these. They’re pretty easy, but I can tell you from personal experience that if you try to make too many in one sitting without any company or weirdos to assist you, you might get bored.

Step One – You need some empty bottles, some twine or rope, and some glue. I used  WeldBond based on my dad’s recommendation. It worked great. (That guy knows everything.)




Step Two – Basically you just wrap your twine around your bottle, gluing as you go. I found it best to work in small sections – add a little glue, wrap a little twine, press and smoosh together, repeat.

twine bottle 2

twine bottle 3

(this is a bit blurry because fancy cameras outsmart me)

twine bottle 4


A few things I wish I had known before I started –

(1) I think it looks better if you completely wrap the mouth of the bottle. When I got to the top of the first bottle I worked on, I stopped at the lip. I think it looks unfinished this way. Compare:


I went back and fixed that later.

(2) If you don’t smoosh it down every few rows you might end up with a gap between your twine that no real person will ever notice but will make you feel like a twine bottle makin failure.

(3) Don’t try to pull the twine too tightly on the neck because it will want to slip up the neck and you’ll get the aforementioned gaps (gasp!).

(4) You don’t need to use A LOT of this glue (as I did). Just a little will work great.

So after all that gluing and wrapping and smooshing (well it SHOULD be in the dictionary) and peeling glue off your fingers, stick something floral in it and enjoy!

twine bottles

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