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. 



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!



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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