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 Tutorial and 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. 😛

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! 🙂

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!” 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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Harry Potter Inspired Plaques

I found these plaques at a bath and home store near my house a few months back and was determined to use them creatively somehow. The picture on them is already a pretty one (I love botanicals), but I bought them for the potential of putting other designs on them. Be prepared to see more posts using these plaques because I’ve got a butt load of them!

But check it out, it gets better! That’s right $0.25 each! Now you can see why I bought a “few” of them.

What a deal!

Now because of the beauty of Pinterest, I already have quite a few ideas pinned and decided to start on some Harry Potter inspired crafts. I love these books so much and am fortunate enough to have many friends and family members who share my love for them as well. I have made these as a house warming gift for my brother and his girlfriend. Jamie and Vicki… if either of you is reading this. Yes… these handy dandy guys are all yours!

I resized the pictures I had to 7″ x 9″. The frame is 6″ x 8″ and there’s almost a 1/2″ extra so the paper can go right around the sides.

I simply printed these on my home computer.

I used White craft paint and painted the botanical print over so that it wouldn’t show through the paper being applied on top.

Once dry, I coated the plaque with Mod Podge and them centered the paper on the front of the plaque. Then I folded the edges over an glued them down with the Mod Podge.

When it was dry, I applied a coating of Mod Podge over the whole plaque. I didn’t want the ink to smudge or the paper to rip so I applied two light layers, letting them dry in between.

And voila! Here are the finished products.

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Upgraded Wooden Frames

Turning plain looking things into something beautiful is always enjoyable and these plain wooden frames are an easy fix up. You can buy them at Michael’s for $1.50 and with scrapbooking paper and supplies and a printer these simple frames were turned into a great home decor project.

Supplies:

– Wooden frames (4 from Michael’s for $1.50 each)
– Scrapbook paper (all kinds and sorts, scraps and full pages)
– Scrapbooking embellishments (all kinds, use what you have on hand and get creative)
– Glue
– Sanding block or sand paper
– Coloured card stock
– Printer

How To:

1. Get your frames and choose a scrapbooking paper (or even fabric) that you want to use. Trace the frame and cut out the shape to cover the frame. Also trace and cut out the center. Glue down the paper onto your frame making sure that the corners adhere. Let dry.

2. Use a sanding block or sand paper to rough up the edges to give it a worn look.

3. Add embellishments. A good rule of thumb is to use odd numbers. So glue down 1/3/5/7 of whatever… buttons, stickers, etc. The eye wants to see odd numbers and groupings, it looks more aesthetically pleasing. Experiment with different things before gluing down. This will give you the chance to see what you like before you commit.

4. Chose words to put in each frame, but you could do a quote or photo or something that’s personal to you. Coloured card stock in your printer and any word processing program and you are set. Put your frame together.

5. Hang your masterpiece and soak in all the praise you will get for being so darn crafty!

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Repainted Outdoor Table

I picked up this great table and chairs a few years ago. It’s stayed out in our yard through about five years of summer sun and winter snow, so it’s no surprise that this year I had a look at it and thought we should get a new set soon. Instead, I went to Walmart and bought some inexpensive flat black outdoor spray paint to see if I could buy another season out of this set for under $3.00.

Here are the chairs before…

Here is a picture of one of the chairs. The arms were all rusted and the paint bubbled up because of water that sits on the flat handles and permeates the paint causing much damage. I took a paint scraper and worked away at the bubbled paint and I used sandpaper to sand down the edges as best as I could.

Next I took the spray paint and applied 2 light coats.

I think I could have taken more time and sanded and repainted again. Or I could have used a palm sander or other power tool to get a more even finish but in real life they look just fine to me. The table had much more damage at the edges and I chiseled and sanded as much as I could to get the loose flakes up and to try not to have any raw edges. I am going to have a look around a Home Depot or Lowe’s to see if there’s a filler product that I could use like spackle or caulking that would fill this area in better. But for now I just did two coats of exterior spray paint over these areas. This made the table look a million times better and sealed up the raw and rusty areas.

Here are my table and chairs now. Surely $3.00 is a good deal to buy another season out of my existing furniture. I think I’ll consider doing this until they fall apart.