How’s that for a title? ” Upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial” doesn’t really roll off the tongue, does it? Nonetheless, it is an accurate description!
Recently, my friend Amos introduced me to this method of no-sew rag rug making that I am completely hooked on (get it? crochet? hook? funny). Today I want to share it with you!
All you need is a few t-shirts (depending on how big you want it), a pair of sharp scissors, and your fingers.
Start by cutting a slit up the side of your t-shirt (I went up about 2″, but make you can make the strips any width). Then start cutting (make sure you are only catching one side of the shirt), as evenly as you can. When you get back around to where you began, curve around and continue. You will have to snip off the outer corner.
When you get up near the armpits, slit the sleeves open at the inside seam, and lay them out flat. Continue to cut around, keeping it all one strip.
Don’t forget to trim off the outer corners here, like you did on the bottom.
Keep going around, until you can’t go anymore. I always cut the neckline out and save it in one piece for future upcycling projects.
Repeat for as many t-shirts as you want to use.
You will want to join the strips together (if you are using multiple t-shirts). Place one end on top of the other (both facing the same way). Don’t worry if they aren’t exactly the same width. This is a forgiving craft for sure.
Fold them both over about 2″ from the top. Make a snip in the center. Then place one on top of the other (going in opposite directions), aligning the holes. Take the end of the one on top, and put it through the holes from underneath.
Pull tight! Now you are ready to begin. Have you ever tied a necktie? It is going to be a slip knot like that.
Lay one end out like the above photo.
Flip the tail across over the loop.
Bring the tail around the back of the loop, then through the loop and down throught the knot.
Basically you are going to make loops go through loops. Take the loop you made, and make a loop with the long end. Now pull that new loop through the old one. You now have the begining of a chain…of loops.
How many times do you think I will write the word “loop” in this tutorial? Ha!
When your chain becomes long enough, you need to start your spiral.
Take the small tail (on the very end of that first loop) and weave it through the begining of your spiral, and knot, to hold it together.
Take your long end and put through a bump in the spiral before pulling through the loop. To keep it flat, I alternate between just putting it through the loop, and putting it through the bump then the loop.
Keep going around and around until you have the size you want! This one is trivet size, but my friend often makes them into rugs. I have the Trashion show coming up, so I used this techinique to make a hat to go with the outfit I made!
Instead of alternating between “stitches”, in the places I wanted the hat to curve in, I just put the new loop through the bump and then the old loop, every time, and pulled them tighter.
I hope you try this out. Once you do, if you are anything like me, you won’t want to stop!