Rag Rug Part 1: Cutting your T-shirts

If you want to make a rag rug like the one I showed you last week, your first step is to cut your fabric (I’m using old T-shirts) into inch-wide strips. My favorite way to do it, and the way I’ve been using for my rag rug, is to cut each T-shirt into a long continuous strip (using the method I’m about to show you), wind it into a ball, and then cut pieces of the length I want as I go. It gives me a bit more flexibility with length, so my colors look more random.IMG_20180406_114958794.jpg

Here’s how to do it:

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This Week’s Project: Rag Rug

Here’s what I’ve been working on recently.

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I’ve been working on a t-shirt rag rug project for a couple years ago, but a change of method a few weeks ago, and a total restart, has sped things up a lot – the progress I’ve made in the last two weeks is twice as much as I made before.

I originally started this project braiding t-shirt strips and then sewing them together with doubled thread, but I really struggled to keep the rug flat. Plus, it was pretty slow going, and I was worried that the thread wouldn’t stand up to actually being walked on a lot.

(Blurry bonus cat for scale.)

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So, a bit more research later, I found a more traditional method. It uses a four strand interlocking braid, so the t-shirt strips get braided right onto the rug. Much faster!

I’ll be doing a tutorial for this soon. Collect your t-shirts!