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Upcycle T-Shirts to Pet Rug

Having just decluttered a lot of old t-shirts you just knew there would be t-shirt yarn upcycle projects  coming didn't you?

Crochet Pet Rug from Old T-Shirts

I wanted something to put either beside our bed or in the kitchen for winter because our floors get very cold. 

With that in mind I also thought it would be a great opportunity to use a  this crochet pattern from Craft Chic I stumbled across last October and have been waiting for just the right opportunity enough t-shirt yarn to give it a go. 

It worked perfectly and is quick to make up. I made this rug in an afternoon.  The only problem is that the instant I finished making my floor rug this happened. 

Crochet Pet Rug from Old T-Shirts

Stolen by Geri the Wonder Dog. I had laid my rug out to take a photo and went to grab the camera on the other side of the room.

Crochet Pet Rug from Old T-Shirts

See that look on her face that says, 'I'm not moving. You can't make me!'? Then she promptly fell asleep. Well I couldn't disturb her then could I?

Crochet Pet Rug from Old T-Shirts

Ever since it's been a highly sort after commodity. 

Upcyle T-Shirts to Pet Rug Crochet Project

Upcyle T-Shirts to Pet Rug Crochet Project

I guess I'll be making another one in the very near future. 

Upcyle T-Shirts to Pet Rug Crochet Project

Then I'll be able to make one for me. Well I wasn't thrilled with those colours anyway. 


27 comments:

  1. Looks very comfy but I think your doggy wants a bigger one though! I tried doing this with my t-shirt yarn but found that it was really difficult to get the tension right especially when all the yarn came from different types of t-shirts. No way did it turn out pretty. Eventually, I met this lady who told me that the next best thing is to buy t-shirt yarn that has been made from the jersey making process. The factories have huge amts of this waste, and some manufacturers take this to make t-shirt yarn. :-)

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    1. My brindle girl fits on it just fine if she wants to, my big black boy though...he needs everything in super extra large.
      I had trouble with tension too but I found that so long as you keep your stitches nice and loose the tension issues went away. I do try to choose t-shirts of a similar weight but I've got quite a few going on in this one.
      I don't think I could bring myself to buy t-shirt yarn. There's too many other types of yarn I want to spend my money on. Besides I remain unconvinced that it's made from offcuts.

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  2. How sweet is that!! I know my dogs would do the same thing. I love to crochet also. I'll have to check out the pattern.

    I hope you can stop by:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2015/04/family-time-pizza-making-42115.html

    Colletta

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    1. I'm working on the next one already. I can't have them fighting over it :o) Good luck with making your own.

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  3. what sweet pups! Of course each should have their own and how impatient they must be waiting on the 2nd. I haven't made a special rug or blanket for our Macy, as she prefers to lay on someone but we did do a quilt for Layla (she's a bit big for laps).

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    1. Mine are definitely too big for laps but they are both convinced they are lap dogs. I've nearly got the second one finished but I need to source some more yarn. I think if I keep delving I'll find some.

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  4. Geri the Wonder Dog has good taste! Although, he might need a bigger rug. This post was really interesting.

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    1. I'm working on that bigger rug, Geri should have waited until one was made to the right size.

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  5. This looks so incredible! I'm always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

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  6. This is an awesome idea! I know my dogs will curls up to anything owned by my husband, even his shoes. I bet they would love to have a bed of his old shirts. What a creative use for old t-shirts!

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    1. That must be why they love it so much! Thanks Bonnie =D

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  7. Wow this is such a fabulous idea. :-)

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  8. So clever, and very popular looking too! #AnimalTales

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  9. I've always wanted to try one of these tee shirt rugs. I'll be adding this pattern to my ever growing list because yours turned out so nice!!! And so beloved by the animals that I'll have to make one for friends with fur babies too!

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    1. It's quick to make up. It takes just about the same amount of time as actually cutting up the t-shirts. They are nice and sturdy too.

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  10. How clever! I never knew you could crochet old tee shirts.Our pets would have to make do with a tee shirt as is, but a crochet rug looks so much better! I haven't crocheted for years, but think I'll check out the pattern for future reference.

    #AnimalTales

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    1. It's nice to be able to use those old t-shirts that aren't good enough for donating. It's a nice simple pattern if you do give it a go. Just keep your stitches really loose.

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  11. FABULOUS - I reckon you need to be scouring charity shops for more T-shirts and making these rugs commercially!
    Thank you so much for adding this brilliant canine idea to #AnimalTales (and for joining the Animal Tales Pinterst board - https://www.pinterest.com/ecogiteslenault/animal-tales/)

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    1. I don't think my wrists could take the punishment! (but the thought has crossed my mind - I'll probably end up donating some to a shelter)

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  12. I love this! I have a hanging cat bed in mind for my Shiloh made with tshirt yarn but I haven't cut up the shirts yet. I really should get on it. Hehe.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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    1. I would love to see it! I bet Shiloh will love it. Cutting the shirts up takes about the same amount of time as the crocheting.

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  13. Super comfy, super creative, super awesome! Found your post today at Craft Challenge

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