Use T-Shirts To Make a Cool Rug For Your Four-Legged Friend DIY

Your pet will love you even more with this DIY rug made from t-shirts.  The jersey t-shirt material is so soft and comfy.  What is neat about this project is that the material has your scent and that will make your furry friend happy.  This would also be nice next to your bed especially if you have cold wood floors.  Thanks to Wonder Forest for this idea.

How To Make a No-Sew Round Braided Rug With T-Shirts!

“What in the world can I do with all of these old t-shirts?” — A thought I have had recently as I’ve been clearing out boxes and boxes of old clothes. I wanted to recycle them somehow because they weren’t all suitable for charity and I’m sentimental about clothing sometimes which makes it hard to just throw them out! A braided rug seemed like an awesome idea and one that could actually give new life to the worn out old shirts.

I took on this project over the weekend, and while it does take a long time, I’m so happy with the result! I decided to grab a bunch of blue-toned shirts and some neutrals so my rug had some sort of a colour scheme. You can totally just make an eclectic version with every colour of the rainbow too, so don’t worry about your shirts all matching.

I used a total of fifteen different sized t-shirts (both mine and Dustin’s) for a rug approximately 30″ in size. If you want to make one too, here is how to do it:

You will need:A variety of jersey t-shirts and/or tank tops


Rotary cutter (optional)

Step 1 – Cut your t-shirts into 1.5″ strips along the width of the body. This goes much quicker if you have a rotary cutter. You’ll want to cut the end of each of them so they’re strands and not loops of fabric.

Step 2 – Gather three strips and stack them. Tie a knot tightly into the top to begin.

Step 3 – Start braiding the strips.

Step 4 – Once you’ve braided about 4″ of the strips, coil the braid into a circle as shown above, with the knot in the center.

Step 5 – Take the strand closest to the center and pass it under and through one of the loops in the braid you coiled. This is how you will attach the braid to the coil.

Step 6 – Continue your braid another few inches. It should be attached to the center coil where you passed the one strand through.

tshirt-rug 008 copy

Images from Wonder Forest.

For full instructions visit Wonder Forest.


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