Introduction: Retro Carpet From Old T-shirts (diy Recycling Idea)

About: I love to make DIY projects with my son

What ?

Retro style carpet from an old t-shirts.

Why ?

Because it's green, eco and gives satisfaction.

Don't throw away Your old and destroyed clothes, recylce them into carpet or napkin.

What is needed ?

Old t-shirts (more is better).


4 pieces of wood and some screws

Step 1: Frame

First You need to create the frame.

Size of frame depends of what You want to do. If You want napkin - You need smal frame, if You want small carpet for bathroom (as in my case), You need at least 1x0,4 meter (3,28x1,31 feet) frame.

Put marks on the frame and then put screws in each mark.
In my case, I put mark on every 1 cm, but You could experiment with 0,5cm or 2 cm. Remember that smaller sections gives better carpet but whole creation process could be slower.

Step 2: Loom

Take string, attach to first screw on frame and stretch to the screw on the opposite side of the frame. Do it until there will be no free screws.

Step 3: Weaving

First You need to create material for weaving from old t-shirts. To do that You can either cut the t-shirts into stripes using scissors, or tear them in Your hands. I recommend second solution. Why ? Because it is easier to tear than to cut and tearing will create smoother stripes without raw edges.

Then You can start weaving. Take one stripe and put it between strings in the loom in such order: over string, under string, over string, under.. etc. If You end with one stripe, take another one and start all over, but in different order than previous one.. It's hard to describe how it should looks, easier to watch on the video attached to this tutorial.

Step 4: Finishing

When You end the weaving, You need to cut to long stripes. Then you are ready to remove screws.

And that's all. Now You can put You new carpet and tell Your friend, that You are environment friendly because You did not throw away old t-shirts ;-)

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