Sunday, 3 February 2013

Crochet Rug from T-shirts

The fun part of reorganizing my craft room is making these little projects from left overs that I just can not find a place for any more.
The weird thing is that I have saved all this stuff up to make projects with and now I am trying to find a place for them…… It is getting a bit ridicules to be organizing projects I want to make, some day?
Why not do it NOW?
The organizing is taking a so much more time like this but I feel the need to clean every thing out and make room for new ideas. I am a bit smothered with "old" ideas that never came to live.

So with the T-shirts I saved up I made this rug. It will return to my room but no longer is taking up space in a box. It is now going to be on the floor underneath the table, and add a bit of color to the room.

It took me 19 T-shirts and 3 nights to make this one. It´s just the simplest stitch there is and there is no special pattern for it. I just started with no plan of how big it was going to be. 
The colors are also very random and I cut up a T-shirt when I finished another. 
I started cutting at the bottom (took off the seem) and going a bit diagonal all the way up till the armpits.  It´s  an about 3 cm wide strip and pulled it and then rolled it into a ball. I just went with the new color as I would have if it was one "thread" so I used a needle and thread to fasten the loose ends underneath.
And used a hook which says 9.0 mm. ( but its from a china store, so it could be any size!)
It is a bit of hard work with the ones that were a bit old and stiff. So my thumb and index finger nails are a bit sore but I love how it turned out.  It´s heavy and sturdy.

I  still  have a few T-shirts left….

So started a new one. It´s gonna be made of 8 T-shirts so half as big as the other one but in my favorite color combination, pink and blue. 
I have a thing for this color combo, I don´t know why, I always want to touch it whenever I see it somewhere. And if I was all by myself I probably would have it everywhere! But I do not live by myself so…… Just this little rug in my room is going to have to do.
The sacrifices a girl has to make :-)

Do you have the same interior that you would have if you would be living alone?

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  1. wow that is an impressive t-shirt rug!!! i once knitted with reclaimed jersey thread and ended up nursing a super sore wrist and nails for a week. you've done well!

    i like the look of that little rug too - brave colour combo.

    I don't live exactly how i would if i lived by myself. i guess it's totally in the package that the person(s) you live with share the space in that way too. luckily my boyfriend and me have similar and complementing tastes and like similar vintage eras. i have a feeling if i lived alone i'd be terribly chaotic and messy! :) this is kept under control by sheer pride when i live with someone, so it's all good really :)

    1. Thanks Anikó! The sore nails is a very uncomfortable side effect! But I am done now so the healing can begin:-) it´s a good thing if you have somewhat a similair taste. We have a bit of a difference in taste, I am way more adventures then my HB. But it´s ok because in return I dragged him over to the messy side, all the way from the pefectionist side :-))

  2. Very cute! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Also, don't miss the Sweethearts Giveaway starting on Monday with over $2,000 in prizes. Hope to see you there!

    1. Thank you Mariel! I will have a look at the link party and share. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. What an awesome project - I have been thinking about making something cute like this (too bad I only wear T-shirts in boring colors...)! It is going to make a big statement in your craft room! =)
    And I totally know what you're talking about with the men in the house. When we first moved in together, it was a constant battle about making the place prettier (me) and not having it too girly (him) - I wasn't even "allowed" to paint the walls in our first place! Now I can do pretty much all I want to the house, as long as I keep the pink to a minimum ;-)

    Have a great week! Pinning this =)

    1. :-)))) Some of those shirts were mine but pretty much every T-shirt was my HBs! Nice xxl sized ones :-)) I have been saving them for a long time! I guess he likes the walls white and his T-shirts colorfull hahahaha Just kidding, I love the white walls! My HB wants to paint them and I am the one who is saying NO! :-))

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea at Simple & Sweet Fridays. I can't believe it's made from T-shirts. You did an excellent job, so pretty. New Follower.


    1. Hi there Jody! Thank you for the compliment and joining the little team over here, you are very welcome!

  5. I just found your blog through cocalores's blog. This project you've done is fantastic, it is a way to recycle and create something beautiful. You have given me the desire to do something, using my old t-shirts. I hope you do not mind I pinned this project to have it for future reference. Thanks for the inspiration. I am a new follower here, I will leave the link to my blog, if you like what I do and decide to follow me, it's me, that will do the happy dance!
    Marisa from

    1. Hi There Marisa, Thank you for visiting and following ( we can do a happy dance together) I am still working on recycling the rest of the T-shirts, so I am not waisting anything! And SURE you can pin what ever you like from this blog ;-))))