Scrap Happy

 

Kate has a fun Scrap Happy Day that I am participating in this month.  Most people I know, are aware that I love to use up my scraps and recycle as much as possible.  Well…

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T-shirts galore!

I have lots and lots of t-shirts that my kids (all 5!) have grown out of.  The t-shirts that were suitable to donating we donated; however, many of them had stains or rips or were just too worn out to donate to anyone.  I knew I wanted to use them so I started making t-shirt yarn with them.

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1″ strips

I use the rotary cutter to cut one inch strips.

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Lots of shirts!

I usually cut many over the course of a day or two and then…

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t-shirt yarn!

Turn them into t-shirt yarn.  It does make a bit of a mess!!  But these are ready to use.  Sometimes I crochet hats, bags, bowls etc with them.  This time I am making some more rag rugs.

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Rag Rug

I’ve been trying out a bit of clasped weft for this one.  In the winter we use lots of rugs what with the dog, students and my own kids traipsing in from the rain.  I love these because they have a nice feel to them, are very sturdy, hold up to tons of washing and drying AND it’s a repurposed craft!  Now, back to weaving!  I’ve got some t-shirt yarn to use up.

3 thoughts on “Scrap Happy

  1. Oh my goodness this is such a clever fantastic project. I actually went back and looked at your past posting too. Your weaving is so wonderful and inspiring. I haven’t done any weaving but have always wanted to.

  2. What a wonderful, practical way to use up old T-shirts! I know others crochet with strips cut from T-shirts, probably knit too. I bet they make great rugs.

  3. wonderful colourful rugs, they are so useful. I am busy cutting up lots of old fabric pieces to start weaving a rug in the new year. I have some that have lasted for more than 20 years. Great use of old t-shirts.

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