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Topic: Knitted Bathmat - A Bedsheet Re-Purposed!  (Read 5541 times)
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« on: September 21, 2008 06:04:49 AM »

I used this awesome tutorial:

http://www.cocoknits.com/info/tutorials/ragknit.html

as the inspiration to make this item today. It's a former cotton bed sheet with a tear in it that I decided to recycle into something more useful... a quick-n-dirty knitted bathmat!

Here's my cat Bea Arthur giving it the once over.  He never misses a photo op:



Yep, he likes it... you can tell because of how he's about to knead the crap out of it.  NO, KITTY!



Here it is all rescued from the cat, wrapped up pretty, and ready to give away:



I just tore the bedsheet into thin strips, attached the strips together as described in the tutorial and went at it. It only took me four or five hours while chatting with a friend on my couch with margaritas. I wasn't sure how I felt about it at first as it was knitting up, but now it's so squishy, soft, and purposeful that I just love it.   
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2008 06:25:37 AM »

that looks so simple yet cool, great job!
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2008 06:54:47 AM »

Cute!  I've done t-shirt bathroom rugs but hadn't thought about old bedsheets,  good idea.
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2008 07:22:58 AM »

Ohhhhh... old t-shirts!  That's brilliant.  I've got a million with a stain or two on them... I'm going to try that next!  And thanks for the props.
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2008 08:04:49 AM »

beautiful cat....and i love it i have no clue how to knit, but I may try to learn so i can make one.......awesomeness!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2008 08:09:33 AM »

nice! i will try it with crochet. the good thing about using tshirts is that you can cut them up into rings and loop them together to make a long enough piece. using old sheets is a great idea though, the local thrift shop is full of sad old mis-matched lovelies, i'll have to give it a go.
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2008 08:28:08 AM »

So, MonkeyThumb, do you cut the t-shirt with scissors?  I can't imagine that jersey would rip cleanly.  Also, when you say "cut it in loops", do you mean cut it around and around in a spiral to get the long pieces?
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2008 09:41:18 AM »

yup, cut with scissors. it would be more work but the end result colourful. i mean cut into loops by laying the shirt flat and cutting a strip off the bottom, you'd end up with the hem. then another strip and another working up to the sleeves. you could cut it in a spiral all the way up for a long, long piece though. i might try that.
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2008 12:17:48 PM »

My current bathmat is falling apart, so I've been wanted to make a new one in this manner for awhile...my question is, will the bath mat slide around on a bathroom floor?  Would you have to add some sort of anti-slip material to the bottom?

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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2008 12:23:03 PM »

Yup, it would definitely slide around if you didn't put something rubbery underneath. 
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