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I like to crochet rag rugs out of fabric scraps. However, you always have to deal with the edges fraying. I got an idea. My husband had about 11 old colored cotton tee shirts. I cut them up in 1 1/2 inch strips going around and around (the fewer strips you've got, the less sewing them together you have to do). Then I crocheted them into a round rug. I think it turned out beautiful. I use it on the side of the bed. It matches everything.

By Donna from Millbury, OH

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September 5, 20070 found this helpful

great idea.

You could also knit the rug (rectangle) if one does not know how to crochet.

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September 5, 20070 found this helpful

Now this is really cool! I love this idea, I have 2 college boys and a husband that has TONS of old T-shirts! What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing!

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September 5, 20070 found this helpful

I love the rug! Does anyone have suggestions for what to do with old sweaters? I especially like to crochet, but all ideas are welcome. Sweaters ravel a lot more than t-shirts do, so that may rule some ideas out! Thanks!!

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September 6, 20070 found this helpful

That is really attractive. How did you do that without it curling? Can you post the pattern or tell us where to find it?

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September 6, 20070 found this helpful

I love this idea! Can you send the crocheting directions?

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September 6, 20070 found this helpful

I know a little bit about crocheting, but could you possibly give some directions as to how to start the rug and also how each row is crocheted? Thanks

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September 6, 20070 found this helpful

Bet that feels nice and cushy when you step out of bed in the morning! good thinkin'!

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September 7, 20070 found this helpful

I love this idea. I have some faded t-shirts that are only technically still wearable. Now they have a new purpose in life. I'm guessing you use about a J-sized hook (about 1/4" in diameter)?

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September 8, 20070 found this helpful

If anyone wants the directions for the rag rug made out of tee shirts e-mail me at jlockwood3@woh.rr.com. I can just send it to you. It does use a Q size hook. I've posted the directions for it on this website but honestly I'm not seeing it show up anywhere.

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September 8, 20070 found this helpful

Can anyone figure out knitting directions for preferably a round rug? I have directions to knit round washcloths so I guess it can be done. Has anyone tried?

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September 8, 20070 found this helpful

Gorgeous rug. Looks like it would be so soft to step onto

on a cold winter morning. Great Idea!

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September 9, 20070 found this helpful

I've made these for years using T-shirts, old sweats, or other knit fabrics. The size hook can vary with the width of the strips. I like to make mine from a half double stitch. I've made circle rugs, oval rugs, and rectangular ones. I've found a jumbo crochet hook that makes the rugs really nice and thick, so they feel so soft underfoot. I think this in an absolutely wonderful way to recycle, and they last for years.

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September 23, 20070 found this helpful

to straightace;

I might suggest that you try cutting your sweaters into squares and crocheting them together to make one of a kind afghans.

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February 28, 20150 found this helpful

I am really impressed! Your rug is just beautiful. Wouldn't it be great to make one for a wall hanging?

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February 28, 20150 found this helpful

This is for little Suzy. I tried to e-mail you to get the instructions and I got my letter back and said that was not a correct e-mail address. I would like the instructions at dbrt73 AT yahoo.com

Thank you and I will try to make one as pretty as yours.

jlockwood3 AT woh.rr.com. This is your e-mail right? They said it was not a legal one.

Donna

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March 14, 20160 found this helpful

Hi Donna, Could you explain this pattern a bit more in detail please? I love to crochet! The rug looks so interesting.

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