Monday, March 3, 2014

Shag Rug (with recycled material)

Today I am sharing how to make a shag rug, the frugal way.

When I was looking at shag rugs I could not believe how expensive they are, 
for such small sizes.
So I looked into making my own.
This project was made with things that I already had.
The base for the rug is a rubber rug pad.

I remember buying this at the Restore for $1 several years ago.
The actual fabric material are 

old (clean) t-shirts
...which in my opinion are super soft.
My color of choice was white with some cream color in between. 
But mainly white.

In this picture I cut up 5 t-shirts, rotary cutter and mat are definitely a plus in making the cutting process WAY faster.
No precise measurements, no straight cuts...just go at it.
I then cut the strips anywhere between 5-9 inches.

Again, you don't have to be precise.
I started in the middle of the rug size and started to work my way out.
I skipped every other space, shown in these pictures.

This is super soft and
here is the back of it.

As you can see, I am not finished.
I just started today and tied for about 1 hour.
This is really a project that can be done during spare time here and there
...and requires very little brain activity. lol.
Pretty cool huh?

I can't wait to finish and use my (free) shag rug.

Stay Frugal,


Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

I'm impressed. What a great use of materials you already have. I can't wait to see it when you finish.

Kelly said...

Wow! That is going to look so nice when it's done. Looks like a tedious job, but now you probably see why the rugs cost so much. Great idea to come up with your own like that.

Dee Lapin said...

Sweet! I use to make them as a child. Your kids are going to love it.

Mindi Carwin said...

This is genius Daniela! I have some of that rubber stuff and a million t-shirts, hmmm... You are so stinkin' cool!

Cristina Garay said...

Love the rug, Daniela! It immediately reminded me of my mom, I had to create something to bring to school, so my mom began teaching me how to make a rug similar to yours. Instead of the rubber pad you're using she utilized one of those big bags where the rice comes in. The first lines she did were perfect, straight, so neat! The difference was visible from her work to the one I did :) yeah, mine was pretty messy! At school everybody thought the first part was done with a machine:D Needles to say, I've never try do another one again.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
Lovely idea and indeed very frugal for something that will be very soft and comfy.
Hugs to you,

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

I've never seen this idea. Very creative and easy. It's going to look great! XOXO

Tanya Runkle said...

Oooh I can't wait to see the rug when you are done!!

Anonymous said...

Daniela, your rug is going to be lovely. Yesterday I stopped to look at the same rug grids at a craft store thinking it would be a lovely addition to the nursery my son and his wife are putting together for their new baby, but was surprised by how expensive it was. I do have an overflowing rag basket I thought could be used for just this purpose. I will have to keep my eyes open at the thrift shops for one.

LittleMyoo said...

Wow! How big is it going to be? I'm impressed. :)


Suzan Sweatman said...

OMG - Dani - you blow me away - every single time I visit I'm completely blown away !!!
This is going to be gorgeous !
Can't wait till it's done

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

This is amazing!! I so want to try it. I've been looking for a funky, fluffy rug for my new family room and I love the idea that I can sit in a chair and work on it in the evenings. Do you suppose it can be thrown in the wash??

Marissa said...

How I wish you were my neighbor!!
I would learn all sorts of cool things.
Love your rug.
Can't wait to see it finished.

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Daniela, Well, you have certainly taken me back to my childhood. My Gramps used to make these rag rugs. There was always one by the fireside hearth and they were always colourful. They were, and still are, a fabulous way to recycle material. My husband has just told me, that here in the North East of England they are known a Clippie Mats.
I am looking forward to seeing the end result. Have fun making your rag rug.
Best Wishes

td said...

I am in love with this!!! Great to just toss in the wash and won't slip on the floor. it's also nice to do it mindlessly while watching TV instead of surfing the web! :) A great winter project. Thanks for posting. CTD