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« on: April 26, 2010 03:21:31 PM »

I made this great recycled t shirt rainbow rug for Earth Day, and I wanted to share it with you as another great idea for recycling old or thrifted t shirts.

Each round is made from part of a cut t shirt. I used t shirts in 14 different colors, and saved the left overs for other t shirt yarn projects.

Here's the t shirts before being processed into strips.  I used Tulip Spray Fabric Paint to splatter paint them all before cutting them into yarn. This time I cut strips across the width of the shirt at a slight angle, and broke the strips at the weak point while stretching the strips, overlapping to join the pieces as I crocheted them.

I love using old things to make new and beautiful items, especially when they have a lot of vibrancy and color like this item. What will you make with t shirt yarn?

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2010 03:39:28 PM »

What a clever idea... I often look at old and tired teeshirts in Goodwill and wonder what on earth good they will be to anyone.
This is lovely Smiley

I once went to a paper factory where they used old cotton to make the paper, but I'm not sure if they do it anymore.

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2010 03:45:20 PM »

this is really nice..how big is it?  love the bright colors Wink

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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2010 03:49:52 PM »

This is beautiful!  I have a weakness for happy rainbows and would love to have something like this rug in my presence at all times.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2010 03:54:08 PM »

Simply stunning!

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2010 06:19:15 AM »

I adore your rug, and envy your color selection, maybe i could tie die my tees first.....hmmm the possibilities...
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2010 02:03:58 PM »

I love it! Spraying little flecks of color on the t-shirts first is a great way to get a little subtle color variation in the finished t-shirt yarn. That was really creative.  Smiley

I'm thinking of making a t-yarn rug this summer, but since I'm new to crochet, mine will be rectangular. When I intend to make flat round things, they get really concave or ruffly. Once I get an eye for where to increase, I'll try rounds. You did a super job on your rug, and it's very cheerful.

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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2010 02:54:07 PM »

I love it!  I may have to hit up my nearest thrift store to do something like this....

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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2010 06:52:25 PM »

that is brilliant...i love the vibrancy of the color and have always wanted to do something like this...did it turn out soft for you?

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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2010 10:40:21 PM »

What was the paint for?
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