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Make It Tonight: T-Shirt Rug

 

Design: inspired by a design by Taryn Boyd

 

Wiggle your toes in this oh-so-soft rug. It’s hard to believe it’s made of cast-off T-shirts. Sew knit strips to a canvas backing; the strips flop over each other for a plush effect. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

Materials:

  • Canvas (available by the yard in fabrics stores)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or yard stick
  • Heavy-duty sewing machine needle
  • T-shirts (number needed depends on desired size of rug)
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and acrylic ruler (optional)
  • Rug gripper or non-skid carpet tape

 

Finished size:

Determine desired finished size of rug. Rug shown is 18×24″ (takes about 10 adult-size T-shirts).

 

 

Cut Fabric:

  • Cut canvas 1″ larger on all sides than desired finished size. (The canvas for an 18×24″ rug is cut 20×26″.)
  • Cut T-shirts into 2×6″ strips (see Step 6)

 

 

 

Assemble the Rug:

 

T-shirt rug

1. Zigzag-stitch cut edges of canvas. (Dark thread is used in photos; for your project, use thread to match T-shirts.)

 

T-shirt rug

2. Fold edges of canvas under 1″; pin.

 

T-shirt rug

3. Sew folded edges in place, using a straight stitch about 1/8″ from the first stich line. (Shown is the view of the top after sewing.)

 

T-shirt rug

4. Using water-soluble marker or a chalk marker, draw parallel lines across the top of the hemmed canvas (long edge to long edge), 3/4″ to 1″ apart.

 

T-shirt rug

5. Fold canvas so four or five lines show; pin. (You will work from left to right across the marked canvas, keeping the unstitched canvas to the right of the needle and the bulk of the covered canvas to the left.)

 

T-shirt rug

6. Cut T-shirt into 2×6″ strips. Due to large quantity of strips needed for this project, we recommend cutting strips with a rotary cutter and an acrylic ruler.

 

T-shirt rug

7. Fold one T-shirt strip in half so it measures 1×6″.

 

T-shirt rug

8. Starting at top left edge of marked canvas, place center of folded T-shirt strip atop first drawn line, just inside the canvas edge. Sew across the center of the strip to secure the strip to thecanvas. (It doesn’t matter if you sew across folded edge or cut edge first.)

 

T-shirt rug

9. Without lifting the presser foot, add a second folded strip in the same manner, butting it up close to thefirst strip.

 

T-shirt rug

10. Continue adding and sewing strips in the same manner to cover drawn line. (Each line on our marked canvas required 18 T-shirt strips.)

 

T-shirt rug

11. Move to the next drawn line and continue adding strips in the same fashion until the canvas is covered. Repeat all the way across marked canvas. Adjust folded and pinned canvas as you proceed from left edge to right.

 

When the entire canvas is covered, shake the rug and use your hand to brush strips outwards over the rug edges.

 

T-shirt rug

12. Place a layer of rug gripper or strips of double-sided carpet tape between completed rug and hard surface floor.

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  1. this looks so full and lush, thanks for sharing!