Make New stuff from Old

When I see T-shirts pass their “wearing” prime, I see rugs!!  I gather 25-35 T-shirts (depending on the size of rug I want to make) , cut 2 inch strips and start braiding.  I would prefer to use wool strips, but wool clothing in Southeastern Arizona has a very short season and is very hard to find in large quantities.  So I substituted T-shirts and have made some very nice braided rugs. 

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It doesn’t matter what is on the front of the T-shirt, when you cut the strips, the strips naturally curls with the right side to the inside side.

ImageThe rugs are also “Duffy” approved!

And I hate to throw anything away, so I made empty pill containers into handy quilt thread holders.  Drill a hole in the top to pull the thread through, a piece of hook and loop holds a small pincushion on the side.  (Not my best photography, but you should get an idea of how it’s made.Image

 

The letter “G” pictures tomorrow.  

See ya!

 

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About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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2 Responses to Make New stuff from Old

  1. Cheryl says:

    That’s a good idea! And, the rugs look great! Duffy thinks so too. So cute!

  2. What a wonderful way to use up old T-shirts. I’ll bet they are pretty durable, too.

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