Introduction: DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Rug – Plush Zebra Bath Mat Custom Design
Do you have some old T-shirts lying around? Did you know that you can make a soft and plushy rug with a custom design with old T-shirts? If you like keeping your hands busy but you don’t know how to knit this might just be the project for you. You only need a few other supplies, your imagination and some time.
- Non-slip mat (from the Dollar Tree)
- 6 to 8 men's t-shirts (with no side seams)
- Permanent markers
- Piece of scrap fabric
- Fabri-Tac glue
- Needle and Thread
- Design idea
Step 1: Draw Design
Use the sharpie to sketch out your custom design.
Step 2: Make T-shirt Yarn
To make t-shirt yarn cut the t-shirts about 1/2 inch wide in the horizontal direction. Once all the t-shirt is cut into a 1/2 inch strip, pull the strips of t-shirt tightly to stretch the strips and coil them into a yarn shape.
Step 3: Cut and Tie T-shirt Yarn
Cut the yarn in 3-inch lengths and tie on the horizontal or vertical direction (but not both) matching the design colors with the yarn color.
Step 4: Continue Attaching Yarn
Continue attaching yarn in rows until the whole mat is covered.
Step 5: Trim Yarns
Use scissors to trim the yarns to a consistent length.
Step 6: Add Backing
Glue fabric to back of the rug and sew the edges to complete.
Step 7: Enjoy Your New Plush Rug
Watch the full tutorial in the attached video.
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