The Problem: A bare bathroom floor that gets slippery when wet. DUN DUN DUN. No actually, I am a klutz. Which means I will eliminate a good number of bruises if I can cover this thing up.
T-shirts cluttering up my closet. Seriously. I have no idea how one person has amassed as many T-shirts that I have. I have 17 that I have collected for this project, and they are merely the blue, black, and grey ones. SHEESH!
The Solution: Creating a T-shirt yarn rug! or two… I have two bathrooms in my apartment…… Hmmmmmm
I have been super into recycling lately. Imagine a world with no landfills– everything gets reused, either in creative ways or not. This is one way that I can recycle my old T-shirts in a way that provides me with something that will make my house more comfortable!
About 6 unwanted T-shirts
Scissors- preferably cloth
Sharpie/black marker/writing utensil that shows up on T-shirts
Crochet hook- size Q (or whatever you have that works!)
Ok so. The “yarn.” I cut each T-shirt into 1 inch continuous strips. (This is easier than it sounds.)
I measured one inch increments all the way from the bottom of the T-shirt (making dots with a marker)- moving laterally and doing it again about 4 times. It doesn’t matter if you cut the lines perfectly straight as long as they are approximately the same width it will work.
Next, you just have to cut along the marks, until about an inch away from the edge of the tshirt.
Apparently I need to practice my straight cutting marks! 😛 Doesn’t matter much, it will even out as long as they are roughly the same. The next step is how you make a continuous string of t-shirt yarn. You must cut alongside the uncut side diagonally, creating a spiral pattern up the side of the T-shirt.
Once a long string of t-shirt is cut, you just have to pull it a little and it will curl up into yarn
I made 6 such squares, and then stitched them together using a needle and thread.