In response to my own post on downsizing last week, J.O. and I set out to do a clean out of our closets. I always find it interesting that each time we do a clean out, we have more of one item than another. Sometimes we get rid of more jeans and pants, sometimes it’s nothing but shoes; this time it was t-shirts.
These are the clean-outs I love, because t-shirts have other possibilities even after they are done being worn! Typically, I will cut a few into large sections and use them for rags around the RV or J.O.’s truck. One time, I followed another blog and made a scarf (super easy). Yay for reusing!
This time, I set out for something I needed. A new kitchen rug. Sounds ambitious, I know. But, it was super easy! It was a bit time consuming, but a great project to do on a rainy day, while watching a movie or with the kiddos!
Here’s how to make one of your own:
- You’ll need a bunch of old t-shirts (7-10 larger shirts) and a sharp scissors. If you own a fabric scissors, even better. That’s it!
- Pick out a darker shirt, preferably an XL, and set it aside, we’ll be using it later. If you have an older towel, even better.
- Start cutting! Cut your shirts into strips. You’ll want each strip to be roughly 6-7″ long and 1/2 – 1″ wide. Don’t worry about having straight lines either. The only area I did not use of each shirt was around the collar and some sleeves (which I later kept for rags). I also found it easiest to cut the shirts in half, layer them up and cut into strips. You’re going to end up having a massive pile!
- Ok, now that you have all your strips, grab that shirt or towel we set aside.
- This is going to be your base. You’re going to cut it into a rectangle. If working with a shirt, cut off the sleeves and across the shoulders to get rid of the collar. Cut the shirt from the underarm down to the bottom on each side, splitting it in two (so you have the front and the back of the shirt as two separate pieces).
- With a scissors snip small holes in the shirt, starting one inch in. Each hole will be roughly 1/2-3/4″ apart from another. It’ll make your shirt look like a giant peg hole board. You can either do this a few rows at a time as you thread in your strips, or the entire shirt before you start threading.
- Above is my rug 3/4 of the way through. You can see the holes in the bottom half that’s not threaded yet. Every hole, except the end holes, will have two strips threaded in it.
- Once you’re done threading, grab your scissors again and give your rug a shag cut. Some pieces will be really long, so even it out a bit! By cutting the rug a little shorter, the pieces will stand up on end a bit more. If it gets flat, just re-shake it!
Congratulations! You now have a new rug that is fun, one of a kind, economical (you can’t beat free!), and earth friendly! Plus, you have more room in your closet!