Are you looking to add a few easy no sew projects to your child’s bedroom? I made a T-Shirt rug and a no-sew reversible blanket to my Boy’s Bedroom. They were easy to make and added some comfort to the room.
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With a house full of boys, we always have old t-shirts ready to be used for all kinds of cleaning, but why not use them for something besides cleaning the car or floor. I decided I had plenty of red, black, white and gray t-shirts to make a t-shirt rug for my son’s bedroom. These colors are our high school colors, so we have no shortage of black, red, gray and white t-shirts.
I purchased the rug canvas and the latch hook from JoAnn’s. The rug canvas was a 3 x 5 and I had every intention of making this size. You will read later in the post why I made the rug smaller than intended. You will want to stick around and find out if you are tempted to make a T-Shirt rug.
I started by cutting all the sleeves off each t-shirt and trimmed off all the seams and collar. I then cut the fabric into 1 inch wide strips by 5 inches long. I placed all the cut pieces by color into separate boxes to make it easy to grab the color I needed.
I cut and cut and cut some more. I lost track of how many t-shirts I ended up using for this project, but I think it was 4 or 5 (short sleeve men’s size medium or large.) per color.
I had more red and black t-shirts so I made a pattern using more of those colors. I started by latching one of each color on the end, so I could make it easier to form my pattern and not have to remember what color came next after I completed a row. At this point, I shortened my rug to be a 3 x 4.
I latched and latched and latched some more. WHAT WAS I THINKING! I even said to myself, who’s great idea was it to make this rug? So here is your warning, this takes A LOT of time to complete this rug. I would sit with Mr. DD and latch in the evenings while we watched T.V. This rug was a project I did in the Fall well before Christmas. Just to let you know, I used 2900 strips of fabric for this rug. I am here to say, I won’t be doing another one of these anytime soon!
Now for the easy breezy project, a no-sew reversible blanket.
I know, these have been done before, but they are a favorite in my house. We have a few on them, but we needed one in black and red, especially one with puppy prints on it. Our High School mascot is a bulldog and I take this blanket with me to our football games, to watch my son march at halftime.
Oh, by the way, I love the fabric cutter. I have never used one before but knew I needed it for both of these projects and now I wonder how I lived without it. Oh, I know, I really don’t sew, so never really needed one. I also purchased my fleece fabric from Joann’s
I am not going to explain the process because I am sure it has been explained many times before and it is pretty self-explanatory.
Just make sure to tie the knots really tight and maybe double knot them. Again, I am talking from experience. I washed my blanket and ended up with 2 separate pieces. It was difficult to get back together because not all sides were equal and again, found this out the hard way. I tied the entire blanket up and found this out on the last side. I had extra ties??? I had to untie them all, and figure out how they matched up and do it all again. So I have officially tied this blanket 3 times! I am glad that I can teach you all about my dumb mistakes.
I hope you are ready to see the boy’s attic makeover.
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