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She Cut Up All Her Old T-Shirts And Transformed Them Into A Beautiful Rug

DECEMBER 3, 2015  —  By Jessica Catcher  
Jessica Catcher

Jessica Catcher

Jessica is a writer who lives in Queens, NY. She spends most of her time listening to One Direction, watching TV, and hanging out with her one-eyed cat, Rigby.

If you're anything like me, you have a lot of t-shirts lying in dressers that you never plan on wearing again but just can't seem to think of what to do with them. Concerts, college freebies, and other themed shirts that might not fit your current, non-ramen-eating lifestyle tend to clog up your drawers for way longer than necessary.

That stops today with this awesome craft. It will take a bit of time, but the gorgeous rug you create will last so much longer. And so will the compliments you receive!

Cathi over at scratchandstitch.com used about 80 large t-shirts for her rug, but depending on the size rug you want, the number of shirts can vary.

Cut the shirts into one-inch by four-inch lengths.

Do your best to keep track of the number of strips you cut. She knew she'd need about 14,000.

Then dye them the colors you'd like; she chose shades of green for her strips.

She used a latch-hook canvas for the rug's foundation. Get ready to settle in for quite a bit of crafting.

She recommends binging that Netflix series you've been meaning to catch up on!

The process of latching and hooking the strips will take a lot of patience, but it's worth it.

Using a latch-hook tool, loop the pieces of fabric around the mesh squares like so:

Use pliers to pull them tight.

When you're done, you can enjoy all the cozy comfort!

(source scratchandstitch.com)

Now that's a beautiful rug. You can customize the idea to whatever size and colors you'd prefer, depending on your t-shirt collection. And you thought that free shirt you got at college orientation wasn't worth anything anymore!