Try This: Braided T-Shirt Rug

Transform old, unwanted T-shirts into a stylish, one-of-kind area rug.

| January/February 2012

  • A braided T-shirt rug is a simple project that makes use of those old T-shirts.
    Photo By Seth and Kendra Smooth
  • Use T-shirts of any color or size for this project. Just make sure the weight of the materials is consistent.

This braided T-shirt rug is a great way to upcycle old clothes into something useful for your home. Braided rugs have been around for ages, and they’re a good example of how people used to squeeze value out of every household item. If we still had to grow the cotton, spin the yarn, and sew our clothing, we’d be less likely to toss things out, too. Don’t have a stash of old T-shirts lying around? Hit your local thrift store. Use natural fabric dye if you want a specific color palette (check out the article "Natural Dyeing: How to Make Natural Dyes from Plants and Other Materials" to learn more about natural dyes). Select fabrics made of the same material and of the same weight. For example, you could make this rug out of old wool sweaters; just make sure all the wool is the same thickness.

Tools & Materials

Large, flat work area
About 20 cotton T-shirts
Fabric scissors
Sewing machine (optional)
Cutting mat
Painter’s tape
Embroidery needle
Embroidery thread
Straight pins

How To Make a Braided T-shirt Rug

1. Lay a T-shirt flat, and cut the seams on each side all the way up to the arms. Trim off arms and open flat on the cutting mat with neck opening in the middle. Cut piece in half along shoulder seams, and then cut lengthwise into 3-inch-wide strips. Repeat with all shirts.

2. Sew three strips of fabric together at one end.

3. Tape the sewn end to a flat surface with painter’s tape and braid the three strips together.

4. When you complete the braid, finish the end by stitching it by hand or with a sewing machine.

3/1/2014 7:26:57 AM

T-shirt is a well and necessary wearing material that is helpful for the people to manage their fashion. There are different kinds of T-shirts available in market like that looks very different and stylish also. If you have ideas to make T-shirts then you need to look for the material that is one of the important factor.

1/10/2013 1:22:14 PM

I might just try this area rug idea. I like it.

Nancy Scott
9/28/2012 3:05:27 AM

It wont pin.

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