Ronja Lotte
Ronja Lotte
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Washable T-shirt-rug

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Last week I finally remembered to get more old T-shirts and so I completed my next T-shirt-yarn project: a small rug for my bathroom. I have seen this kind of braided rug in a few variations but at every tutorial the fabric was glued to cardboard and the rugs were not washable. Since I have a tomcat that prefers to show me his displeasure with the help of his body fluids (soon he is going to get a plug) do not wash" is never an option for me! So I've made my own washable version of this rug.
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Material and tools: A piece of fabric (this should be slightly larger than the rug is going to be), a measuring tape, glue, scissors and something to fixate the braid (I always use a clamp)...
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... and a lot of T-shirt yarn. You can read here (search my posts) or at my blog, how to cut your own t-shirt yarn. I used for my rug four T-shirts (two white, one white with blue stripes and a grey with blue stripes).
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Sooo, first you need four strands of T-Shirt yarn in your favorite colors. How long you cut the strands, depends on what length is best for you to work with.
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At the beginning you need to knot the four strands of yarn.
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When braiding, I always have to secure the yarn-braid to a solid surface, otherwise I'll go crazy. Depending on your level of calm, you may do the same... and the braiding-fun begins! Now it's braiding, braiding and a little more braiding. I have done my braid on two nights while watching television. Very relaxing!
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Eventually you will come to the point where you are at the end of your strands. No problem, you can extend them easily without major knots. For this, you take a pair of scissors, fold a small piece of the end of your strand and cut a tiny hole in the fabric.
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You do the same with the beginning of the new strain and place the two above one another so that the holes lie over each other.
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The end of the new strand now needs to be threaded and pulled through the two holes...
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... until you can tighten the knot.
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Ta-da!
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When I was satisfied with the length of the braid, I just tied a knot at the end.
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Now the piece of fabric comes into play. Next you must glue the braid on the fabric to fixate it before sewing. Otherwise the sewing is going to be a nightmare.
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...And I once again reached the limit of photos I can upload :-( Sorry but you have to read the rest of this tutorial at my blog! I hope you like it :-)

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3 of 4 questions
  • Esther
    on Oct 24, 2016

    Love your rug. I am collecting t-shirt fir quite some time now . I've planing of having the same rug , thanks to you now I know how. Which glue you are using ? Thx .

    • Becky
      on Aug 12, 2018

      An industrial epoxy would work, like E6000.

  • Jennifer
    on Apr 17, 2017

    I'm not sure how to braid with 4 strands. Can you explain?
    Thanks,
    Jennifer
    • Ronja Lotte
      on Apr 17, 2017

      It´s best to learn this braid via a video tutorial. That is how I learned it ;-) Just search for this braid at youtube and you will find tons of tutorials. Good luck!
  • Jeannie Herman
    on Apr 17, 2017

    HOw do you braid with four strands?

    • Lynn
      on May 20, 2017

      I think this is a herringbone braid. Outside pieces go over inside piece to me he center. . Very difficult to explain but simple to do.

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  • Veralucia Santos
    on Jul 12, 2017

    Genial!
  • Lee
    on Jul 13, 2017

    years ago,my friend made oval large rugs out of plastic bread bags,especially wonder bread as it was colorful. when it got a spot on it,she would just wipe it off with a wet rug. i do not remember her putting any kind of protection on it. i think it was three strands and not four.
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