Upcycled T Shirt Rugs

If you're like us you've got drawers full of old t shirts that you don't wear but can't bear to give away because they came from this concert or that charity run or your old high school team or the dentist who did your braces or whatever (why does everything come with a t shirt?).

I got tired of looking at the sorry old t shirts stacked in my drawers and last spring I decided to do something about it.  I had seen enough rag rugs to know that there must be a way to make something useful and I was right.  This tutorial will show you everything you need to know about how to cut your t shirts, create your yarn and make a pretty rad rug.  I chose to crochet mine like the example here, but I've seen some nice ones that are knit and even some that are shaggier.  
 I used different colors, but ours looks a lot like this one

I wish I had a picture of ours to share, but it's at the other house and I can't find even a glimpse of it in our huge file of digital photos.  Maybe I can snap one while we're home this week and add it later.  I'll be posting less frequently for the next couple of weeks while we slowly move out of this house and back into our home home.   We're all looking forward to the move and to resuming life there.  


  1. I've been saving shirts all winter to make a rug. This is some great motivation to get moving on it. Good luck on your move.

  2. That IS pretty rad. And we're all looking forward to you being HOME home, too.

  3. I am working on this right now. Will post the pix on my blog in the next day or so. Mine is simply a rag rug made out of multiple colors - BUT oh my gosh - I LOVE the photos of the white rug at the top of your post. Beautiful. I am using a knitting loom - that way my son can help. Kinda fun!

  4. This makes me want to tear up some tshirts. I want to see yours. I love the white one.
    By the way Alyssa, you're a winner of the Reflexology Stick from my post:…/
    please send me an email with your new address I guess ;)
    Good luck with the move.