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…
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.
I use the rotary cutter to cut one inch strips.
Lots of shirts!
I usually cut many over the course of a day or two and then…
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.
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.
The second rag rug is off the loom.
Rag Rug #2
I am still having lots of tension issues so instead of continuing with the warp and the next rug, I rolled the warp all forward and re-rolled it back onto the back beam. This time with paper between the warp strings instead of the card board strips. We’ll see how that goes.
Twill for this rug.
I wove twill this time and really like the pattern, but it’s not as tight as the first one that was woven in even weave.
This one also has a hem instead of fringe which I like much better. The third rug will have a hem and be woven in even weave. I’m learning as I go!
I finally got my table loom up and warped!! Boy did that take a LONG time!
312 ends warped!
I have been wanting to weave some rag rugs out of t-shirt yarn.
T-shirt yarn from the kid’s old t-shirts.
I have saved the kids t-shirts and they are stored in boxes. The plan all along was to make yarn from them and weave rag rugs. Finally, I am getting around to doing it!
The first little bit.
Closeup of t-shirt weaving.
It seems to be going ok. My warp is not as even as I would like it. I will need to figure out what I did before I warp again so I can get a more even one next time.
I’m at it again!! I had more plastic bags from bread, TP, and other things that I have been saving.
Here it is! This one is different from the others that I have done as this one has a rectangular base. I like this much more as it is easier to pack.
It looks on the smaller side, but it actually holds quite a bit.
I liked it so much I started a new one!!
Linking up with Hookin on Hump Day over at Petals to Picots!
I love to make things out of stuff that would otherwise go in the trash! In that vein…
I made a little tote bag out of the bag our wild bird food came in. It’s actually quite sturdy.
I put in a box pleat on the bottom to give it a little depth and I cut off part of the bag to make the handles.
I think this is going to be the perfect size bag to bring to the grocery store!
The second crochet plastic bag is finished!
This rectangle shape is much better and I think it will be more useful that the first one. It’s still a little big so the next one will be about half this size.
What a sport she is! This bag went together much more quickly than the other one.
It was quickly put to use on my next shopping trip and worked really well. I did get a few strange looks when I pulled it out of the cart, but no one actually said anything to me. I wouldn’t put anything super heavy in here – no cans, but I used it for boxes of crackers, small baking supplied and of course my son’s favorite chips!
OK, I’m not one to give up easily. I really don’t like the first plastic bag I crocheted so I am trying out a different one. This one is going to be rectangle in shape. I am using “Recycled Flat Bottom Plastic Tote Bag” as my pattern.
I am really liking this shape much better although I think this one is going to be a bit too big. Only time will tell!