DIY T-Shirt Yarn Rug

Wondering what to do with all of those old t-shirts hanging around your closets and lurking in your drawers? Before you throw them out or give them away, make some t-shirt yarn. Then grab a mesh rug canvas, a latch hook , a cup of your favorite beverage and get set up in front of your favorite tv series. You might get hooked on rug making when you find out how relaxing it is to create these beautiful no-waste projects. Your friends will be shocked when you tell them that you created this mod, shag rug from old t-shirts.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

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Things You'll Need

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Step 1

Make t-shirt yarn from ten t-shirts. Click here to find out how to make the yarn.

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Step 2

Cut the yarn into 5-inch pieces.

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Step 3

Draw your desired rug design onto the mesh rug canvas with a marker.

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Step 4

Push the latch hook through a square. The hinge should be in an open position.

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Step 5

Fold one of the yarn strips in half and loop it onto the hook.

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Step 6

Pull the hook through the square. Stop when the yarn is halfway through. The hinge will close as you pull it through to keep the yarn in place.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Step 7

Push the latch hook through the loop and hook it around the ends of the yarn strip.

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Step 8

Pull the ends through the loop and pull tight with your fingers.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Step 9

Continue to hook and loop the yarn through the holes in the mesh. Use the drawn design lines on the mesh to determine when to switch the yarn color.

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Hooked on making rugs!

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Buy materials for this tutorial:

Mesh rug canvas

Comfort grip latch hook