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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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the so easy it’s ridiculous tshirt scarf

i have made a lot of scarves in my day. two years ago i made one for everyone in my family. then i made a few more after that. i’m talking about……(counting)…….15 scarves. at least! hopefully one day i’ll get most of them posted on here.

the thing about knitting or crochetting a scarf, for me, was that it usually took A WHILE, and quite a bit of effort, so i was dismayed at how swiftly i was able to churn this sucker out.

tshirt scarf

the scarf so easy to make it will make you wonder what else have i been doing the hard way?

i got the idea to make this from a friend at work who was interested in trying it – but i beat her to it. she got the idea for the scarf from method home’s blog. she had to listen to me talk all morning about how simple and easy it is. i expect to see one on her immediately. (you know who you are.)
i actually made this scarf while my family was setting up to play a card game. it’s that fast. here goes:
step one – get a shirt. i picked this lovely bright orange tshirt i had because i thought it would be a good “pop” color to go with simple outfits. yep, i just said that.

bright orange shirt

step two – cut your shirt into horizontal strips. you don’t need the hem and you don’t need to go above where the sleeves attach. i cut my strips about an inchish wide each, but really i eyeballed it so it’s pretty uneven (which appeals to me).

cut up shirt

step three – pick up your strips of tshirt and stretch them so they roll on themselves naturally. this isn’t hard at all, but if it feels overwhelming find a couple of weirdos to help you.

a couple of weirdos

weirdo on the left is about to stretch her tshirt strip. weirdo on the right has already stretched hers.

step 4 – just kidding. there’s no step 4. you’re finished! i told you it was easy as pie. i actually mentioned that it was easy as pie after i made it and started a discussion about whether pie really is easy. my family will argue anything.

lookie here, here’s your pile o’ tshirt strips:

tshirt strips

now you can take those strips and do with them what you will. i tried a bunch of different combinations but settled on twisting the strips together before wrapping it over my head twice.

tshirt scarf

the thing i love about it (besides the easy pie thing) is that it’s ripe for variation. you could cut the strips so they aren’t loops and add beads. you could do a mix of colors. you could use a longer tshirt for a longer scarf. try it. seriously. now that you know how easy it is i expect to see one on you immediately too!

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hey, here’s a stack of tshirts for ya

i put out a call to friends and family and coworkers for old tshirts, and wow, i got some! actually one dude from work gave me his OOOLD tshirts and then my grandma donated a bunch to my cause – but it turned out to be a lot.

tshirt pile

i went through them to see what i was dealing with and found some gems. i immediately gave one of the shirts back to my grandma and told her i just couldn’t possibly cut it up because i remember her wearing it so much. she admitted she had a hard time giving it up so i forced it back on her. take that grandma! (she took it.)

but oh! check out this awesome piece of apparel which i shall shortly be sporting:

"drug free youth in texas"

i also found two shirts from colleges i attended. they were both in too good of shape to cut up. you’ll see those later when i decide what to do with them.

so i organized and folded the rest of the shirts into a lovely stack which awaits a future as a rag rug.

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