An Upcycled Knit or Crochet Rug From T Shirts


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T-shirt jersey material is soft and super absorbent, which makes it perfect material to upcycle a knit or crochet rug from t shirts.  You can make your own mat in different ways, not just crocheting or knitting – you can hook, braid, sew, or loom it too.  In this super simple tutorial, I will show you how to knit yourself a rug.  (I love to crochet these rugs, too!)

You can also make cutouts from old t shirts too.

An Upcycled Knit or Crochet Rug From T Shirts

An Upcycled Knit or Crochet Rug From T Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Step-by-step tutorial. #refashion #Refashioned #refashionavenue #refashionista #refashionedgarbage #refashioning

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

I am working on making some spiffy new graphics.  Hope you like them!  If you do, drop me a comment.  And – you can also buy t-shirt yarn if you don’t want to go to the trouble of making your own.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

My husband had a few white t-shirts that he was donating to Salvation Army.  I snagged them before they went into the donation bin. 🙂

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

I started by cutting the bottom hem off the t-shirt.  Starting from the bottom, notch out the start and just keep cutting around and around.





Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

I like to stretch out the t-shirt as I go.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

I like to ravel it into a ball.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

Keep the ends unstretched, though.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

Once you get to the end of the bottom of the t-shirt, you should be left with the sleeves and a front and back panel.  Cut off the hem of the sleeves, and then cut the sleeves off the main panel.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

Using a circular manner like pictured, cut the t-shirt “string.”

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

Now, separate the front and back, and create more string in the same manner.





Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

That’s because you are going to fold it in half, and make a little notch cut.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

So by now you will have a bunch of string pieces.  For each end, you will have notches (except the start and end of the total ball of string).  To attach the strings together, you want to put one end (remember, this end has a notch) inside the other end’s notch.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

Then, take the end (not attached to each notch), and string it through the notch of the first string.  You want to basically make a loop through the notched holes.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

Now, just knit, crochet, or use the ball of string as you normally would.  I knit my rug with a cast-on of 50 stitches in stockinette stitch.  Weave in the ends as you normally would on the wrong side.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

The end will curl since it’s a stockinette stitch.

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

Solve this problem by ironing them out.  Use the cotton setting!  It’s okay, jersey is tough stuff.





THE FINAL:

Upcycle a Bath Rug from Old T-Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet.

Would you upcycle some old t-shirts to make yourself a bath rug?

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An Upcycled Knit or Crochet Rug From T Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Step-by-step tutorial. #refashion #Refashioned #refashionavenue #refashionista #refashionedgarbage #refashioning

An Upcycled Knit or Crochet Rug From T Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Step-by-step tutorial. #refashion #Refashioned #refashionavenue #refashionista #refashionedgarbage #refashioning

An Upcycled Knit or Crochet Rug From T Shirts - Repurpose your old t-shirts into a bath mat! Pick up several t-shirts from the Salvation Army or Goodwill for less than 50 cents each, and make up bunchs of these for less than $10. Make different bathroom rugs by dyeing them different colors. A great, low-cost way to change up the bathroom accessories. Step-by-step tutorial. #refashion #Refashioned #refashionavenue #refashionista #refashionedgarbage #refashioning

As you can see, Joe Paw loves his new bath mat!





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