Recycled T-Shirt Rug

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Tutorial is inspired by Fantastic Cleaners Sydney - cleaning company in NSW
Tutorial is inspired by Fantastic Cleaners Sydney - cleaning company in NSW

Tutorial is inspired by Fantastic Cleaners Sydney - cleaning company in NSW

Trying to get rid of some old and dirty T-shirt lying around in your wardrobe? Make use of them and turn them into a colourful and fun doormat to decorate your room with. Here's how.

 

Materials You'll Need:

 

  • T-shirts, preferably at least 5
  • A flat doormat
  • A pair of scissors
  • Hot glue and a hot glue gun

 

Step One: Preparing the Cloth

 

Begin by cutting the shirts into strips. Start from the bottom of the shirt and work your way up to the collar. The strips should be about 5 centimetres wide. After you're done cutting the shirts, take the strips and cut them into 10 to 12 centimetres sections.

 

Step Two: Tying the Knot

 

Take all cloth sections and tie a knot in the middle of each piece. Don't tie it too hard though. If you do, the know will be too small which will decrease the gluing area and it won't stick well to the mat.

 

Step Three: Gluing the Cloth

 

Now comes the fun and sticky part. Using the glue gun, place a strip of hot glue on the side of the mat and stick the knot of a cloth strip to the glued part. Leave about a centimetre and glue the next knot. Tip: You can either create a nice random pattern rug, or make symmetric patterns with the different colours. Just be careful when applying the glue because your cleaning lady will have a really hard time scrubbing it off from your carpet or table for instance.

 

Step Four: Gluing, Gluing, and More Gluing

 

Continue gluing the knots. When you're done gluing the knots to the first row, move on to the second. Leave about 2 – 3 centimetres between the two rows. Again, placing a strip of hot glue, stick the knots about a centimetre from one another until the full mat is covered.

And there you go! You have your own recycled T-shirt mat. But before you wipe your shoes off, make sure to leave the glue to dry for at least an hour or two.

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