Monday, October 24, 2011

Repurposed T-Shirt Shag Mat Tutorial

Shag Mat
This project was a [time consuming] way to create a comfortable, cute mat for my toddler’s room using materials I had on hand.T-Shirt Shag Mat
Do you want to make one???
I started by cutting up t-shirts (you’ll need about 10) in the color scheme of his room. His room also has green in it, but I did not have any shirts in the “right” color of green, so I just used navy, gray, light blue, and white.
I made my strips 1 1/2” x 4”. Using a rotary cutter saves a lot of time.IMG_2782 IMG_2783
For the backing, I used a white standard-size pillow case. We seem to have an abundance of pillow cases in our linen closet, so we won’t miss this one! It was a little scratchy for my taste anyway.
Side note: my grandmother always called pillow cases “pillow slips”. I referred to it that way in college once and a few friends made fun of me for years! IMG_2784
Anyway, draw lines on the pillow case that are 1” apart. This will be the guide you use for sewing on the strips. Do not assume you can sew a straight line without a guide! IMG_2786
Start sewing on the strips!
To sew on the strips, pinch them in the middle. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each row. My rows run vertically so I could sew fewer strips per row. IMG_2785
Fold the strips over so that you don’t catch them in the next row of stitching. IMG_2787
Keep sewing rows of strips until you’ve completed the mat!
This will probably take a long time. You may have to cut more strips. I sure did.
Repurposed T-Shirt Shag Mat Tutorial
Up close: IMG_2864
I like how it turned out! I think it would make a great bathroom mat.
My husband made fun of me a bit for taking on this project. I think he wasn’t sure our toddler will use it, considering the little guy rarely sits down!


  1. What a great idea, even if time consuming. All materials are recycled, so nothing to be bought. I'm pinning this and adding it to my ever growing 'To Do' list.

  2. Amazing... I love it!

  3. This is great! It looks so comfy. Your little gut will grow and slow down a bit in a while. What a great place for him to sit to work on a puzzle or look at a book! I like the idea of using it for a bath mat as well because I'd bet it's very absorbent.

  4. Thanks for all the great comments! Glad you like it:) It's a fun project!

  5. Very cute!! Thanks for linking up to Totally Tutorial Tuesday.


  6. I have been wanting to make one of these for a while. Yours turned out great!! Thanks for linking up to Totally Tutorials Tuesday!!

  7. What a cozy and comfy mat. I love the repurposed t-shirts you used. Great idea! I would love for you to add this to my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really be inspired. Hope to see you there.
    carolyn - homework

  8. So cute! Bet it's super comfy too. Makes me want to dust off my sewing machine and give this project a try.

  9. Thanks for linking up to Totally Tutorial Tuesdays. You were featured today!!

  10. What an awesome idea! I love these kinds of rugs! And now that I know how to make one, I am totally going to do one! Great tutorial! I am so happy to have you share this @ Show & Share, thank you!

  11. beautiful! I think it looks fabulous, even if your toddler never uses it! :)

  12. I have an actual rug EXACTLY like that.It ahs the exact same colors but its an actual made rug!And cute!

  13. roughly how long did it take for you to make this?


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