Posted: Sep 10, 2013 10:00 AM
Upcycle some old T-shirts into something that's pretty and practical. All you need is a hula hoop and you can make your own loom to DIY a fabulous rag rug!

Hula hoop rug materials

What you'll need:

  • 10 to 12 cotton jersey T-shirts
  • Hula hoop
  • Scissors

What you'll do:

Hula hoop rug step 1

Start by cutting off the hemmed bottom of all of the T-shirts.

Hula hoop rug step 2

Cut one of the T-shirts into 16 horizontal strips.

Hula hoop rug step 3

Stretch the T-shirt strips in pairs around the hula hoop as shown. These strips are known as the weft strips.

Hula hoop rug step 4

Cut the rest of the T-shirts into 1-inch horizontal strips. You will need 10 to 12 T-shirts total.

Hula hoop rug step 5

Cut off one end of each strip so that the loop becomes a long strip of fabric.

Hula hoop rug step 6

Start wrapping the T-shirt strips around the weft strips. Alternate going over and under each weft strip. Treat the weft strip pairs as though they are one piece for now.

Hula hoop rug step 7

Secure the strips of fabric in place by tucking them into the weaving on the back side of the rug.

Hula hoop rug step 8

After your weaving is approximately eight inches across, separate the weft strip pairs and start weaving through them separately.

Hula hoop rug step 9

Once you are about six inches away from the edge of the hula hoop, separate the weft strips again and start weaving in between the strips, as shown.

Hula hoop rug step 10

Cut the weft strips off of the hula hoops.

Hula hoop rug step 11

Then, tie the weft strips in a double knot.

Hula hoop rug step 12

Weave the ends of the weft strips into the back side of the rug.

Hula hoop rug step 13

Turn the rug over and it's ready to use!

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