Upcycle worn sheets or plastic shopping bags!
Many years ago I accompanied my mother to a farm auction. Amongst the sale items, I was captivated by a couple of colorful rag yarn balls. As the auction went on in the background, I studied the “yarn” balls until I figured out how the strips were attached to each other. The balls are fun to make and display, even if you never knit anything with your “yarn.”After you've cut up your rags for knitting, download the patterns for the rag bath mat and the doily rug.
Hi Cathy, That’s wonderful. Thanks for letting us know!
I am saving this idea for next year’s Earth Day Creativity event at my library. I can’t wait to have practical upcycling uses for plastic bags — my own mind is now contemplating ALL KINDS of things to knit from plastic “yarn.” Thank you for sharing this great idea!
Hi Teresa, The bath mat used two single sheets. Using the standard size for single sheets, we came up with 15,552 square inches of fabric for two sheets. If we figure a large t-shirt is 30.25" from neck to bottom and 44" circumference and exclude the sleeves, we get 1331 square inches. Dividing the sheet area by the approximate t-shirt area and rounding up, we got 12 t-shirts. Your mileage (and square inches) will certainly vary :).
How many T-shirts would be needed for the bath mat?
Hi Kira, At the moment we have a long list of suggestions for video tutorials from fans. We’re happy to add yours to the list. But we’ve found great video tutorials about this technique on YouTube; we hope you do too! If you want to take one more try at the tutorial here (which will also work for t-shirts), try laying everything out and following each direction as written—this may help you “get it.” Best of luck!
I wish there was a short tutorial on how to cut the target bag (or old tshirt) to create strips. I don’t seem to get it. If there was a class on it, I would definitely take it.
loved this idea
Thank you for the beautiful pattern. I have always wanted to make one of these!
I am SO looking forward to giving this a try. Thank you. This is a perfect project for the time, and something I have long wanted to do. The instructions look extremely well explained. Thank you!
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