T-Shirt Shag Rug

T-Shirt Shag Rug

Designer Nicole Gibbons uses small strips of t-shirts to make a shag rug.

5 col

Difficulty: Easy

3’ x 5’ Non-slip rug pad
(40) Assortment of adult size t-shirts – color combination of your choice
Large bowl 



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  1. Cut your t-shirts into 1” x 5” strips and place in a large bowl. The strips don’t need to be exact, just approximately the same size
    Tip: To cut the strips quicker, cut a 1” wide fringe along the bottom of the t-shirt, cutting up 5”. Once the fringe is made, cut off the fringe to make a batch of 1” x 5” strips.
  2. Take a strip of t-shirt fabric and fold it over the top of a chopstick. Pass the chopstick with the fabric through two holes in any corner of the rug pad, then remove the chopstick (See images below)

  3. Tie a single knot in the fabric strip and pull tight (See images below)

  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for adding more strips to the rug pad. For a full thickness rug, place the strips through most of the holes in the rug pad. For a less full thickness rug and to save time, the strips can be spaced a few holes apart (See images below)


Tip: Start at one end of the rug and work across. You can always go back through at the end and add more strips in between if you want add more fullness or splashing of color

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The T-shirt rug is really neat. I'm going to make me one. Thanks.

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