How to Make a Very Cool T-shirt Rug

Gather about 10 old t-shirts

You will need a large hula hoop. The size of the hoop will directly affect the size of your rug.

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Step 1: Step 1: Cutting the T-shirts

Lay the shirts out and cut the trunk of the shirt into strips about 1" in width. You will need 11 loops from the first shirt as you use this shirt as the loom. The rest of the shirts don't matter as much, as long as the pieces are about 1" wide. Cut the shirt all the way up the trunk until you get to the sleeves. (You wont need the rest of the shirt).

Step 2: Step 2: Beginning the Weave

Next, you will put the 11 loops from the shirt on to the hula hoop. Start with one, and then put the next loop perpendicular to the first (see picture).

Then use the rest of the loops from the original shirt to fill in the spaces. Be careful to maintain the shape of the hula hoop so it doesn't bend. If it gets distorted, make sure you straighten it back out the best you can before you start to weave or your rug will be lopsided.

Before you start to weave, you will need to push 2 of the spokes on the loom together. This will keep the weave in an alternating pattern. Next, you will tie your first loop of fabric on to a spoke near the center of the loom where all the spokes cross each other. Tie on the two spokes that you just put together in the last step. This is a good idea because you will need to keep track of this spoke. To tie the loop onto the spoke, wrap it around the spoke and pull it back through itself (you will use this tie to add pieces later).

Step 3: Step 3: Weaving

Next, weave the loop of fabric over and under each spoke. You will keep the two pieces of the spoke together for now. Make the weave snug, but don't over-tighten it or your rug will not lie flat. When you get to the end of the loop, attach another by putting the loop through the last and pulling it back through itself.

Step 4: Step 4: Weaving (continued)

As you weave, push the pieces toward the center of the rug and be sure you don't see any spaces. If you see spaces now, they will be in your rug later. Continue weaving until your rug is about the width of your hand. Then you will begin to weave each piece of the spoke individually, going under and over each individual piece of fabric instead of the doubled spokes. When you get to the two spokes you put together, pull them apart. One of those two spokes will be treated as all the others (individually weaving over and under each part). The other will stay together as one piece of fabric (do not separate and weave under and over individually). This will continue the alternating pattern of over and under.

Continue weaving and adding strips of fabric until your rug is about 4 inches from the hula hoop. Then cut the last loop and tie onto the closest spoke and tuck the ends into the rug.

Step 5: Step 5: the Finished Product

Last, you will cut each spoke off the hula hoop and double knot it. Continue around the hula hoop until each spoke is tied. You can either leave the spokes or cut and tie them off. Your rug is complete!

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    19 days ago

    Looks like a fun group weaving project!