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« on: November 27, 2011 08:40:45 PM »

Some say recycled, some say upcycled, what's the difference?  I have no frickin clue!   (If you know please enlighten me!)

Anywho, I made some colorful crochet rugs made from the boyfriend's old tee shirts!  They shrunk on him when he tossed them in the dryer... his loss is my gain :-)  *insert happy dance here)

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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011 09:02:41 AM »

Those look great! I have yet to do something like that, even though I've been meaning to for quite a while. The difference between upcycled and recycled is really unimportant, but I think upcycled implies it's being made into something better (ie before it was a too-small-tee and now it's a highly functional and attractive rug) whereas recycled is more like, this is a piece of paper, I'm going to recycle it and it's going to be made into a lesser quality piece of paper. If that makes sense.

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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2011 01:02:50 PM »

They're great! I love the happy colors!
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2011 04:34:23 PM »

ooooh yes! makes sense now... so i guess these are upcycled,  Thanks for the clarification!

And thank you both for the lovely comments!  :-D

I'm putting these rugs all over the house, bathroom, kitchen, they really brighten up the place!
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2011 05:50:50 AM »

I just had the idea the other day to do the same as potholders for my boyfriend's grandmother for Christmas... I know potholders are kind of basic, but I learned she only has one at Thanksgiving... Smiley
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011 10:34:22 AM »

I tried this technique recently but I upcycled/recycled a duvet set that had never been used and made it into a bowl for a swap, I've still got a tonne of duvet yarn left so guess what I'll be making!

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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2011 02:11:44 PM »

These came out great. I made a rug from tshirt before and it was fun, although it killed my hands to cut up all the tshirts into strips.
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2011 05:59:24 PM »

I haven't tried potholders yet but they would be much quicker so that makes them that much more fun :-)

I'm about to cut up the sheets I had all throughout college since they shrunk up a bunch (jersey cotton) and they're a pain to put on the bed, at least the fitted sheet is. 
I have to agree that cutting the strips is the worst part but I just bought Gingher scissors at Joann's (50% off woot!) and they're a DREAM, I had no idea that scissors could vary that much from pair to pair.   A bit pricey so there's no way I would have bought them had they not been 50% off.

At work, we have a heavy duty guillotine and that baby cuts through like 4 pieces of cloth no problem, so if you can get your hands on one of those, the cutting may end up being the fun part of your project :-)
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2012 11:47:01 PM »

I love the yellow in the first one.  I'm working on a big rug right now.  Well I was working on it, it's on hiatus now but I love the way it works up.  Great job.

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