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Topic: Tshirt latch hook area rug - or why I'm having children  (Read 25001 times)
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« on: September 21, 2010 02:54:53 PM »

This is what you get when you take
(50) church "shorty shirts" (the armpit up of a tshirt)
(20) full xl and xxl defunked church tshirts (as soon as I'm back home, I can post a pic of one)
(3) latch hooks (because I broke the first two)
(1) package of "deep orange" dye
(1) emergency package of "chestnut" dye for when deep=high lighter
(1) 4ft X 3ft latch hook canvas
(85) hours of labor during the months of March-July
(6,600) small 2.5 inch long pieces of tshirt scraps
(1) girl who will never undertake this project again (or so I say now, because I do love love love the results)

So, for anyone who cares for a little background info on the project, I was tasked with finding a useful purpose for 300 white tshirts with a large blue and purple logo from a now defunct church. I started this off by crocheting dozens of rugs, the problem being, that when you make tshirt yarn the whole top of the shirt is left over. Refusing to give up and throw those parts out (because that would be defeating the purpose) I thought of latch hook. An activity I never particularly enjoyed when I was a kid. So, after 85 (at least) hours of work, I wound up with an area rug, which now looks quite nice (and inspires envy) in my dorm room.

Here's how many scraps I thought I'd need. This is 50 shorty shirts all cut up.
I had to use another 20 full shirts however, and I made the rug two rows shorter than it could have been because, let me tell you, if you plan to make one of these, you WILL severely underestimate the amount of tshirt you will need.

(You'll probably need this x2, no lies.)

If anyone would like a tutorial of sorts, I will be happy to put one together. I have most of the pictures I need for one. (I think)

Oh yes, and the subtitle of "why I'm having children."
The whole process I've been joking that I WILL be having kids for sure now for the sheer fact that someone needs to inherit this, and I don't care how ugly my grandkids think it is, they WILL be using it in their homes. Grin
« Last Edit: September 21, 2010 02:55:28 PM by melissa! » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2010 03:43:55 PM »

I am totally hitting this rocks!!
Wow the time and effort you put into this. It is awesome. Kudos Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2010 04:28:29 PM »

This is amazing!!
You have inspired me to try this with the leftover sleeves from a t-shirt quilt!
Great job!

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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2010 05:04:39 PM »

I love it! I was thinking about making something similar for myself, but I may just stick to a lumpy crocheted version to preserve my own sanity. I can't imagine latch hooking for 85 hours. Shocked
Hats off to you, though!
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2010 05:57:37 PM »

Thanks everyone!

Well... about 10 of those hours were spent ripping and cutting all the little pieces.
I spent my 85 watching a plethora of tv shows and movies. Even if you just did it while watching nightly tv shows, you could probably get it done in a couple months.

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I would make sure you either have plenty of sleeves in the same color, or that you plan to stripe it, or something. I made a smaller version that is the size of a door mat, and it took about 10-15 full tshirts.

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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2010 08:01:22 PM »

Awesome rug, and great determination!
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2010 05:19:49 AM »

Wow!!! This is amazing! Talk about non-instant-gratification! lol

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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2010 03:56:45 PM »

I love this! I totally want to try it now!
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2010 02:47:13 AM »

Wow, I wish I would ever come up with a project as amazing as this one...!
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2010 07:09:45 AM »

It does look great, so your future kids should be happy!

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