A fast crochet rug using t-shirt fabrics

Making a new bathroom mat while on the road

I have gotten a lot better at crocheting flat pieces, and using reused fabric as the wool. There is a great tutorial on how to cut continuous strands from a t-shirt here, and this technique can be adapted to tights, jeans, bedsheets, any fabric you would like to reuse!

After one false start, I had a plan and have been knocking out a lot of reused fabric discs in complimentary shades of pink, and white.

Reused fabric crochet rug pattern

Each one only takes a couple of minutes to make as they are so small. When laid flat, they are looking fairly easy to slot together and stitch up.

Reused fabric rug pattern crochet

I think I should be able to stitch them together like so;

Non tessellated sketch pattern planning
Slightly different to the above pattern, my final plan is to stitch them to each other at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock points of the circle. And awaaaaaay we go!

Sewing vanlife tiny house creative projects

I stitched them lengthways first to create long lines of circles.

Crochet projects small spaces planning rugs

After this they will need to be stitched together vertically to complete the rug. The lightning-bolt-style stitches are the vertical ones.

Sewing reused fabric rugging grey wool

Work in progress building fabric rugs

So far, so good!


Previous functional crochet projects and patterns can be found in the links below, if there are any patterns missing feel free to send me an email and I will try to walk you through the recipe any way I can.

Blanket, pillows and necklaces

Crocheted hacks sacks

Crocodile (or pineapple stitch) booties

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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