This t-shirt shag rug took me just 4 evenings of lazy looping. It is about 30cm x 40 cm’s. That is 12″ x 16″ for those of you who live across the pond. My hairier half says it’s too small to be a rug. Bah. What does he know? Although…it would make a lovely cushion, wouldn’t it?
To make the rug, I followed THIS tutorial by Molly Kay Stoltz. I just love all the texture and colours :)
This is the back of the t-shirt shag rug and aren’t the little lines pretty? But as I intend on washing it a lot (with 3 boys under four, how can I not?), I need it to be a bit more sturdy than the tutorial allows, so when I have gathered enough will power, I will sew down the lines (obviously between shaggy bits, not through them) to secure each scrap to the base.
Unfortunately my lines aren’t very straight, as you can see above, so my sewing will also be a bit wonky and the little shag rug will have to resign itself to spending it’s days on its back not its tummy.
For the next shag rug (oh there will be many, many more…where to put all my rugs…hmmm) I will make my holes in straight lines and hopefully the back will then be more presentable. Won’t matter if I decide to make it into a cushion anyway.
I hope you guys try this. It is so relaxing threading the scraps of t-shirt onto the base. And don’t you just love crafts that are both free and cute?
Ps. My mom’s sleepshirt is in there somewhere along with a few awkward (what an awkward word!!!) maternity tops and one shocking pink monstrosity.
Pps. I did not use all the scraps I have plans for all my other salvaged bits. I could probably have made this rug out of 2 tops. Three at the very most.
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karen Rohrbaugh says
I can’t find the tutorial! The link takes me to Molly’s ads.
Unfortunately the page no longer seems to be available, Karen.
what kind of base did you use? it looks like just a t-shirt?
It is a t-shirt
Carol Rogers says
You are an extremely talented designer, I follow moogly and zooty owl, stated my journey at attic 24 blooming flower cushion, love bags and granny squares, and mandala s, the star flower on zooty owl, is my current head scratcher, I am from blighty, have a passion for reading patterns, the more head scratching the better, ie Sophie s mandala.
For I fall asleep after three stitches if the pattern is just double crochet, unless it linked or in spiral , back post or any other form of complication.
I have a problem read British terms now, and find us terms more simple.
So when I saw the wonderful tamara on moogly introducing yourself, reading your crochet passion, was just wonderful, thought, that’s my kinda person, a wonderful spence of humor, and saw your puzzle balls, which look as if they would keep my eyes open and my brain awake.
For i am a narcoleptic with a passion for crochet and dancing, and to help others understand just how therapeutic it is winding yarn around and pulling it through, plus only one hook to hold, (do not feel my fingers any more), so had to give up my love of quilting.
My mum passed away this year, I inherited her love for material, she could whip you up a dress overnight, and frequently did, when young, and fashion councious.
Unfortunately did not inheriate her love of dolls, and doll houses, but did find all the tiny weeny cloths I crocheted for her, many moons ago.
Now just over 50, (taken me a year to say that number with confidence )
Having spend the last seven years looking after my mum, being a mum, learning many ways to help control my condition, without the nasty drugs. I find a wide empty road ahead of me, which I wish to fill with crochet, dance, ( not as yet managed to combine both, you could understand, when the headphones are peeled off and full blown trance is what you hear), and most of all people, help them or make them laugh, ( always followed the moto, if they are laughing at me or with me, they will not be laughing at others, who do not have such a thick skin).
So at last to my question, I would like to supersize the starflower, mandala or any to fit a hola hoop, to display at the narcolepsy conference in two weeks time. ( organising is not a word people would use in my description.) would you double the stitch size as well as hook size, or increase rounds, I have limited stash, having spent food budget on DK cotton in lovely bright colours, to do a normal size one, before I saw attic 24 using these for there yarn dale .
If you managed to make it this far , thank you, just for that, and understand just how having this passion for crochet, can make all ours lives very busy, needing to get our daily fix. I would be so very grateful for even the smallest amount of advice.
Dedri Uys says
Carol, your message has brightened up my day. You’re funny! I cannot imagine what it must be like just falling asleep anywhere and everywhere! And as for dancing and crocheting at the same time, I would LOVE to see that done!
The link you have on here doesn’t work…It says “This domain may be for sale”.. but I found another website that has the tutorial..
Dedri Uys says
Thank you, Nancy. I have now fixed the link x