T-Shirt Shag Rug

In my many hours of searching projects on Pinterest and Craftgawker I have come across 2 tutorials that inspired this next project….

Shag Pillow Tutorialย andย No Sew Shag Rug

What I’ve done is combined the 2 of these DIYs and made my own project! I love the look of the “shag” and have wanted to do a project involving “shag” for awhile now. I love the pillow tutorial but was more excited by having a shag rug. The pillow is cute – but I got to thinking about how practical it would be and it is definitely more about the look. All I could think about was lying down on the couch, falling asleep with your head on the shag pillow and waking up with a crazy amount of lines on your face! I know that probably sounds completely ridiculous but these are the things that go through my head. ๐Ÿ˜›

So when I came across the rug tutorial I knew it was for me! While I liked the idea of not having to sew I actually preferred to sew the rug. For a few reasons…a major one being it would be much easier to through in the washer. I worried that with the no sew idea the pieces of cotton would just fall out in the washing machine and you’d be putting it back together every time you clean it. Plus I am really loving sewing right now and learning more about the machine I got from my gramdmother. So I knew sewing it was for me! The longest part of the process is cutting the t-shirts up into strips for sewing. I honestly think sewing the strips would be faster than cutting all those tiny holes into the t-shirt base and then threading each piece through. Best part of this project – its all up-cycling! I didn’t buy anything for this project! So of course I am in love with it. At the beginning of the summer I went through all my old clothes and had a huge pile to give away. Then it dawned on me that I’d seen some projects online that up-cycles old t-shirts, so I put all my shirts aside (that weren’t too ratty) and saved them for a future project. After I had already started cutting the strips for this rug my mom was going through all my brother’s old clothes and had a huge bag of all his old t-shirts to give away. So I quickly snagged those up and have them on hand to make another rug soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

As you can see I am very excited about this DIY! Here is my tutorial:

Materials Needed:

  • rotary cutter
  • ruler
  • quilting board
  • sewing machine
  • white thread
  • 8-10 t-shirts (depends on the size of rug you want and if you are using men’s or women’s shirts)

Here is what I started with….I later added a black t-shirt as well.

Step 1: Cut the t-shirts into strips of 1.5″ wide. Then cut the strips into lengths of anywhere from 4″-5.5″. I know it seems like a big gap in size BUT it really isn’t. This is a great project because it does not have to be perfect in any way possible. Like the blogger in the shag pillow tutorial said – “this is a very forgiving project!”ย I can’t remember how many shirts I cut up….9 or 10. But I didn’t end up using all the cotton. Once I started to run out of some colours I spaced out my colouring a bit more and eventually stopped when I had run out of all the pink shades.

Step 2: Then take an x-large or large mens t-shirt and cut off the arms and neck. Cut it in half. You’ll end up with 2 rectangles.

Step 3: Sew the two pieces together along one of the long edges. (I originally did this thinking I had enough strips to make a massive rug but when I started to run out of some colours I knew it wouldn’t be as big as I had hoped.)

Step 4: Next I took my ruler and drew lines 1″ apart on the t-shirt base. Some of you may not feel the need to do this, especially if you are good with a sewing machine. But since I am still learning and not very good at sewing a straight line I felt more comfortable having the lines as a guide.

Step 5: Start sewing on your strips of cotton! There really is no rhyme or reason to this part…I didn’t follow any kind of pattern. It was completely random. I just bunched them up a bit while sewing them on.

Step 6: To start the next row, fold the strips from the first row over and start sewing again. Repeat over and over. Sew until you run out of strips or some colours…like I did.

At the end I had alot more of the bottom white t-shirt left that I could have sewn strips on. So I folded it over and sewed it to the edge of the other side. I trimmed the edges of the bottom so that none of it was showing on top and that was it!

Viola, DIY shag rug!


I also recommend buying a non-slip rug base. It’s looks like a rubber mesh thing – you can buy it at the dollar store and cut it to the size of the rug. Comes in handy, especially on slippery wood floors like I have!

It is a very simple and fun project. I really enjoyed doing it and will definitely make another one. I hope this inspires your next sewing project!

~Made beautifully by Heather~

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DIY Cork Board

A while back I pinned a project on Pinterest of a hanging board to display race tags from various running events. My sister has recently taken up running and has already run a few 5km races. I’m so proud of her and wanted her to have a nice way to display her accomplishments.

The race tag plaque that I was looking at was very simple, but I was looking to do something pretty and include an inspirational quote.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-Tzu

Paint an inspirational quote and use as your visual vision board, display your accomplishments or just have a place to hang pictures.

Skill Level:

Intermediate art skills for painting fine details in the lettering. All handiwork is simple and the folks at the hardware store can help too.

Time involved:

Painting – 2 hours
Dry time – 8 hours
Assembling – 15 mins

Materials:

– wood piece for plaque/mounting piece of cork board (cut this yourself if you are able or take to your local hardware store and they can cut to size for you)
– sandpaper
– pencil
– masking tape
– craft paint
– fine paint brush
– urethane paint for dealing and protection
– foam roller
– small paint tray
– piece of cork (I got two 12″x12″ pieces for $1 at the dollar store. I only used one)
– caulking and caulking gun
– pins

How to:

1. Take your piece of wood cut to size and sand it down including the edges.
2. Choose your quote. Using a pencil, lay out the quote on your wood. I used masking tape to make straight lines to make sure my lettering was straight. I looked at a font type online and mimicked it, but free handed my lettering. It’s not perfect, but I didn’t have a stencil to use. You can of course use a stencil or vinyl lettering to put words on the wood.
3. Once you are happy with the way your quote is laid out, use craft paint and a fine paint brush to paint quote on wood.
4. Let the paint dry, then using your foam roller, tray and polyurethane, apply two light coats over the whole piece. Allow time to dry between coats.
5. When fully dry, take cork and mount to your wood using caulking to hold it in place. For mine, I wanted the cork board to be thick so I cut the cork to the size I wanted and doubled it up using the caulk to also adhere the two pieces of cork together.

This could be modified to be a larger cork board but my intention was for this to be used to display my sister’s running accomplishments. So the inspirational quote compliments this. But of course you could personalize however you wish.

Made beautifully by Leanne

Coloured Pasta – Prepping for Future Crafts

Coloured Pasta – Prepping for Future Crafts

Leanne here… makin’ it beautiful… So I’ve seen this around on the Internet and we had some time today, so I did this craft with my three year old. It was super easy and I was able to engage my … Continue reading

Crochet Slippers

Back at the end of July I went on short term disability from work for a procedure I had done on my toes. I was off for 3 weeks and wasn’t able to walk much so I had alot of time to sit on my butt and crochet! I had struggled to find a project that inspired me, until I came across this pattern for slippers.

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The pattern is for Mary Jane’s but I modified the pattern according to what I wanted to make. The base of the slipper pattern is perfect. Then I came up with individual patterns for each slipper design I had in mind. I made 8 pairs of slippers in just over 2 weeks. When crocheting the slippers please see my note on “important things to note” at the end of this post.

As you can see I haven’t actually made a pair of Mary Jane’s yet! I was having more fun coming up with my own ideas. For some of them I used ballet flats as my inspiration. And a few were inspired by this blogger…All About Ami – Slippers2. The slippers with the bows were inspired by hers, as well as the ones with 3 buttons. Please follow her instructions on how to make the bow! Her tutorial is so good I’m not even going to try to re-create it. (I am jealous of how good All About Ami’s photos are. My iPhone photos are no comparison!) For the 3 buttons pair, I did the toes and sole in a denim colour. It looks purple in the photo but its more of a dark blue denim. Then I switched to the light purple colour for the “upper” part of the slipper. And sewed on the buttons at the end.

I followed the same idea for my green slippers….I made the rectangle piece, (just like I did for the bow) then did a trim in the light green colour. I didn’t do the trim all the way around…top, bottom and one side. Then stitched it onto the slipper, each rectangle piece opposite on the other slipper – so that it was back to back when you wear them. Hope that makes sense. Then I sewed on the white buttons. My idea with these slippers was for it to look like ballet flats…where the button is, there would be a buckle on a shoe.

The flower slippers were really simple. For the last two rows (6 & 7) on the “upper” part of the slipper I switched to the green colour. Then for the flowers I followed this pattern: crochet flower. My “running shoe” slippers are done similarly to the 3 button ones….the toes and sole are done a dark purple, then I switched to the yellow for the upper portion. I cut a long piece of white yarn to use as my “laces,” sewed them on to the slippers and tied a bow at the end. I really love these ones – so simple but so cute! And for the scalloped edge ones I crocheted until row 5 of the upper portion of the slipper and switched to the light pink for the scallop. The edge is my own pattern:
1. Join alternate colour at the heel of the slipper.
2. Slip stitch in first 2 stitches {sc, dc, sc all in next stitch, slip stitch in next 2 stitches} repeat all the way around. Super easy!

The patterns for the owl slippers and sock monkey slippers are more involved, so I am going to post those patterns separately. Both of them still follow the base pattern from the Mary Jane’s. Stay tuned for those posts!

Let me know which slippers are your favourite! I change my mind everyday. I’m curious to hear what everyone else thinks. ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy crocheting! ~H.

Important things to note on the Mary Jane pattern and changes I made:

  • I discovered a mistake that was made when the owner wrote the pattern: when crocheting the “upper” portion of the slipper, on row one she says there is 17 stitches on the toe-cap. This is wrong. There are 16 stitches. I know its not a big deal….only one stitch. But for me it is easier when I know I am counting the stitches correctly. So this means that for the toe cap on round 3 it is 12 stitches, round 4 is 10 stitches, round 5 is 8 stitches and round 6 it is 6 stitches. Like I said, I know its not a huge deal but it works out better when you can count the stitches properly.
  • Crochet the pattern in Single Crochet (sc) – American English. In the pattern she calls for a double crochet (dc) – this is in British English. I cannot stress enough how important it is to remember to make this in SC – on my first pair I started in American DC and quickly realized something was wrong. I didn’t make that mistake again!
  • Little House by the Sea says to mark your stitches at certain points – I didn’t do this. I made sure I counted my stitches and I didn’t have any trouble. I used a bobby pin to mark the beginning and end of a row so that if I lost count I could back track and check. But thats it. I didn’t see the need for using a contrasting colour yarn to mark where she did. But everyone is different!
  • I crocheted the slippers with a worsted weight yarn and a size 4 or 5 hook. I alternated to see what size slipper I would get. My feet are a size 8 or 9 depending…I found the slippers I made with the size 5 hook are better for me. The pattern says it fits US size 6.5-9. I think this is a bit of a stretch. My feet are very slim and the size 5 hook is good for me. A 5.5 hook might be even better. The slippers I made with the size 4 hook would be good for someone with a size 6 or 7 foot. For a few of the slippers (scalloped and 3 buttons) I used a bulky yarn – 5 strand weight and found that they were a bit sturdier then the worsted weight.
  • In the pattern where she calls for a decrease I used the invisible decrease as suggested by “All About Ami”: All About Ami – Slippers1, her tutorial on invisible decrease can be found here: invisible decrease. I highly recommend using the invisible decrease, it makes for a much smoother look.
  • And lastly, for the slippers that have an edging in a different colour, I crocheted up to row 5 and then switched to an alternate colour for row 6 and 7.

Kid Friendly Canvas Painting

This craft was so simple and easy to do! A friend of mine (Cynthia) was inspired to create a craft from something she saw on Pinterest. She made this craft with her 11 month old daughter. I tried it out today with my three year old and it was very simple, easy, way affordable and fun.

Materials:

– 8.5 x 11″ canvas (or whatever size you prefer)
– craft paints
– large letter stickers
– paint brushes
– I recommend a craft apron or old shirt on your kid because they have lots of messy fun with this activity

How To:

I took the white canvas and stuck a “G” sticker on it. (It is going to be a gift for my nephew Graydon.) My friend who did this simply used masking tape to spell out a name. So this is a great alternative if you don’t have large letter stickers. Or if you own a Cricut or Silhouette you could glue down a cut out letter.

Next, I selected the colours I wanted and let my daughter loose. I went with traditional kid colours with red, blue and yellow.

Once dry, I peeled up the letter sticker.

Et voila!

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Update:

I outlined the “G” in black and did the outside edges in black as well. We also made one for my sister for her birthday with a “B”. We added a stamp to the overall piece too.