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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, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.



  • 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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Make It Tonight: Spring Baskets

Design: Monica Rodriguez for Dear Stella 

Fabric: Confetti Dot by Dear Stella


Only 1/4 yard of fabric will get you three of these cute spring baskets! Use them for Easter baskets, sewing room decorations, or gifts for your friends and family. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.


Materials for One Basket:


  • 2—6-1/2×9″ rectangles polka dot fabric (matching or contrasting)
  • 1—6-1/2×9″ rectangle thin batting (cotton or polyester)
  • Water-soluble marking pen

Finished basket: about 3×2-1/2×3″

Sew this project with 1/4″ seams. (Note: For easy viewing in this tutorial we used lavender polka dot for outer basket, pink polka dot for basket lining, and dark thread for stitching.)


Assemble Basket:


1. Stitching about 1/8″ from edges, machine-baste 6-1/2×9″ batting rectangle to wrong side of 6-1/2×9″ lavender rectangle.


2. With right side inside, fold Step 1 rectangle in half matching short edges; pin.


3. Sew sides of folded rectangle; press.


4. Clip seam allowance at fold.


5. Press seam open.


6. Shape a flat bottom. At one corner,  match seam line with pressed fold, creating a flattened triangle. Measuring 1-1/2″ from point of triangle, draw a line across triangle.


7. Sew on drawn line. Trim 1/4″ from stitching. Repeat with remaining bottom corner.


8. Turn right side out to make basket body.
9. Repeat steps 2–8 with matching or contrasting polka dot rectangle, leaving a 1-1/2–2″ opening along one side to make basket lining. Do not turn basket lining right side out.


10. Insert basket body inside basket lining with right sides together.


11. Align top edges and side seams; pin together top edges of basket body and basket lining.


12. Using a 1/4″ seam, sew together top edges of basket body and lining.


13. Turn right side out through opening in lining.


14. Hand-stitch opening closed.


15. Insert lining back into basket body and press top edge.


16. Topstitch 1/4″ from top edge through all layers to complete basket.


17. Turn top edge over at basket top to make narrow cuff to complete basket.

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Make It Tonight: Pillow

Stitch two hems, sew two seams, and you’ve made an amazing pillow. Here you’ll find complete instructions for making pillow covers in four sizes! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.


Fabrics: Stonehenge Out Of The World collection by Linda Ludovico for Northcott




  • 1/2 yard print fabric
  • 12″, 14″, 16″ or 18″ pillow insert*

*Instructions for sizes larger than 12″ are in parentheses.


Finished pillow cover for a 12″, 14″, 16″, or 18″ square pillow insert

Sew this project with 1/4″ seams.


Cut Fabrics:

From print fabric, cut one of the following:

  • 12×29″ rectangle for 12″ pillow cover
  • 14×33″ rectangle for 14″ pillow cover
  • 16×37″ rectangle for 16″ pillow cover
  • 18×41″ rectangle for 18″ pillow cover


Make Pillow Cover:
1. Turn under each short edge of print rectangle 1/4″; press. Turn under edges 1/4″ again and stitch each in place.


2. Place hemmed rectangle print side (printed side) up on work surface. Fold hemmed edges of rectangle to center, overlapping hemmed edges by about 4″ to make an 11-1/2×12″ (13-1/2×14″, 15-1/2×16″, or 17-1/2×18″) rectangle; pin top and bottom.


3. Sew across pinned edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance, removing pins as you go.


4. Turn right side out; press. Insert pillow form through opening to complete pillow.




Fabrics: Flora-C1793 in Gold from Timeless Treasures

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Make It Tonight: Simple Coasters

Coasters are so simple and fun to make! You can ues scraps of your favorite fabric to coordinate with your decor or add color to an office! Plus, they make perfect gifts for all coffee and tea lovers! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.


Fabrics: Mixed Bag collection by Studio M for Moda Fabrics


Materials for One Coaster:

  • 2—41/2″ squares

Finished coaster: 4″ square





Assemble Coaster:

1. Layer the squares with right sides together. Pin in place.



2. Sew around the squares using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 3″ opening on one side for turning.


3. Clip the corners. Make sure not to clip the stitches.



4. Turn coaster right side out. Push the corners of the coaster out using a eraser end of a pencil. Press  flat.



5. Fold the opening inside the coaster 1/4″. Pin in place.

6. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the open edges together and continue around the other three sides.

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Make It Tonight: Simple Stocking

All you need is two fat quarters to make this simple stocking! Sew one for every member of your family and fill them with fun surprises! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and lots of holiday decorations and gift ideas!



  • 2 fat quarters (or two 18×22″ pieces of fabric) for stocking and stocking lining
  • Stocking pattern (find PDF here)
  • Scrap of lining fabric for hanger

 Finished stocking: approximately 7×16″


Assemble the Stocking:


1. Fold lining fat quarter in half lengthwise with right sides on the outside. Pin the stocking pattern to the stacked fabric.


2. Cut out around the pattern. You will have two stocking lining shapes facing opposite directions.


3. Repeat steps 1-2 with the stocking fat quarter.


4. Layer one stocking and one stocking lining on top of each other with right sides together.


5. Pin the top of the layered stockings together. Sew the top of the stockings using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams open.


6. Repeat steps 4-5 with the other two stocking shapes.



7. Layer the two pairs of stocking sets on top of each other with right sidestogether. Make sure the two stocking linings are laying on top of each other. Pin together.


8. Sew around the stocking shape using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ opening on the lining side.



9. Clip notches on the toe curve to prevent bulk.


10. Turn the stocking right side out through the 4″ opening in the lining. Sew the 4″ opening closed using matching thread.


11. Push the lining into the stocking; smooth out.


12. Cut your saved scrap of lining fabric to 1-1/2×3″. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise with right sides  on the outside and sew the long side. We used white thread so you can see, but you should use a matching thread.


13. Fold the rectangle in half again to form a small loop. Position the loop approximately 2-1/2″ from the top on the inside of the stocking on the heel side. Sew the loop in place.


Note: You will have a small stich line on the back of your stocking. If you use a matching thread, it won’t be too noticeable.


15. Fold the top over and press in place with an iron to give it a crisp finish. The hanging loop will stick out the top.

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