Ready to learn how to make a rag rug? When our Family Fun magazine came a few weeks ago (okay so it has been a while!!), my daughter was dying to try the hula hoop rug! We went through our old t-shirts and found some to use. Of course, you can get t-shirts from your local thrift store — any will do the trick. Then just upcycle those old shirts into something fun for your home. Want even more? You might also like our teen room home decor ideas!
Supplies needed to make a t-shirt rag rug:
- old tshirts
- hula hoop
How to make a rag rug:
- Cut off the hemmed bottom of all shirts and discard.
- Cut one shirt into one-inch horizontal strips so that they are loops.
- Stretch these loops in pairs around the hula hoop in a pinwheel pattern. You should have seven pairs of loops equal distant apart.
- Start cutting shirts into one-inch strips. This time you will want to cut the loops so you have long strips of fabric.
- Then weave these strips in and out of the loops that are on the hoop already. Go over and under as you weave. Just tuck in the ends and continue with a new piece as needed. Treat the pairs of loops as one.
- Once you have about an 8-inch diameter rug, you will want to separate the loops that are on the hula hoop and start going over and under them individually.
- Once your rug is 6 inches or so from the end, you can actually separate the loop itself and treat each piece as an individual as you weave over and under.
- When you are happy with the size, just cut the loops from your hoop and tie them in a double knot. You can leave these ends as fringe or tuck them in.
We used a mix of pastel colors for our rug but you can use whatever colors you like for your version.
This t-shirt rag rug turned out great! And was super easy to make as well. If you love upcycling with your kids, this is definitely a craft that you want to try.
It is time-consuming…so put in a movie before you start! But what a great project to make out of a pile of old t-shirts.
Want to see how I used this same technique to make something completely different? See my DIY demijohn basket here! Now that you know how to make a rag rug, you can make all sorts of things!
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