Monday, February 27, 2012

Little rug crocheted from t-shirt yarn

So in the previous post I showed how I made all that t-shirt yarn. And here is what I made with it:

Ta-da! I mean, the rug, not the cat.

So, some things about the project, positive and negative. First of all, it was quite fast - it took a Sunday afternoon to complete, by which I mean I spent Sunday afternoon reading blogs and occasionally looking down to do a stitch or two, and suddenly it was done.

Another positive thing: it is Sturdy with a capital S. I'm thinking of making another to be a foot-wiper at the front door, because it seems incredibly durable (although I guess time will tell).

Two things that were, well, not exactly negative but a bit of a surprise for me. First, how heavy heavy the whole thing was! If you were to make a blanket like this, it would be very, very heavy - uncomfortably so, I would think.

Secondly, I had no idea how much t-shirt yarn it would take to make a single little foot rug! You can see in the picture how there are 11 different colors... that's 11 different shirts right there, to make a rug which is 17" by 25". I did the math, and if I wanted to make a smallish afghan (45" by 60") I would need 70 t-shirts!!

So this was a one-off project, it seems. Anyway, it was fun to try and now I have a little mat to keep my feet warm in the bathroom:


  1. Really nice rug! I might give it a try too since it is a really nice idea! :) Keep up the good work! :)

  2. Emily, I was happy to read your blog this morning (and happy to be your Swap-bot partner). I am just about to make a t-shirt rope (trope) rug for my front entry. Thank you for the heads-up on the weight, etc. I think it will hold up very well.
    Have a happy day.

  3. This is a really cool rug! And cute cat, too! Nice job!
    PamV (Swap-bot Comment on my crafty blog #2)

  4. I love the rug and how it came out using the t-shirt yarn. Your cat is adorable. Don't you just love how they automatically claim things as if they own them? Cats rule.

  5. i forgot my siggy. Kraftykaren from swap-bot "comment on my crafty blog #2."

  6. Oh I love your blog! I love to crochet, sew, knit, draw, and make crafts!
    Come visit my blog if you'd like! I love exchanging ATC's!

  7. Wow, the rug is beautiful, and your cat too!

  8. My daughter is making one of these right now. I love how they look and I hope she plans on giving the finished rug to me.

  9. I would love to learn how to crochet. Making rugs is such a useful craft that can decorate the whole house.

  10. LOL, I was going to say that is an amazingly good job on the cat. It looks so real. ;)

    That rug look really cool. I love the different colors.

    ~J3ss1ca (Swap-Bot)