T-Shirt Crochet Shower Rug

3-DSCF3585T-Shirt Crochet Shower Rug

I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but life happened. I was reminded of it every time I took a shower, but blogging while naked just didn’t seem right. Especially the pictures…there are many reflective surfaces in a bathroom and ain’t nobody wanting to see that. 😉

Turns out I was able to take pics without reflections anyway.

I made this rug out of necessity and frustration. The shower in our bathroom has a swing out door. There was just no way to keep the floor from getting wet when the shower door was opened.

I looked everywhere for a rug that would work. The dimensions for the space were pretty specific, but nobody makes rugs that size. I happened to be working with some t-shirts at the time and a light bulb went off. Why not crochet a rug to custom fit the area?

1-DSCF3578I went through my stash of t-shirts and cut “yarn” in colors that would blend with the room. The walls of the room are green so green t-shirts were a must. Matching the greens to the walls while still using the tees I had was impossible. That’s okay, I would have gone nuts crocheting this in one color. I added some grays and white to add interest and to save my sanity.

I don’t have formal instructions for this project, as its size was for my specific space, but I will give you the broad strokes.

4-DSCF3587-001The center section was done in rows using single crochet in the back loops. I crocheted a few rows of each color–lathered, rinsed and repeated until the section was a few inches from the shower and the wall when centered in front of the door.

2-DSCF3583I finished with a border worked in the round using white t-shirts and single crochet stitches. The border was stitched until the edges touched the shower and the wall when centered.

5-DSCF3589I’m very pleased with the way it turned out and am thrilled that it cost me zero dollars.


T-Shirt Refashion With Lace Hem

1-DSCF3552T-Shirt Refashion With Lace Hem

1-DSCF3541We’ve all seen them…heck, we’ve all bought them…those t-shirts that are available in every color imaginable. They are a bit of a staple in my closet, as I am sure they are in other people’s closets too. They are great worn with sweaters, jackets and other layers when the weather is cool, but when the weather gets warm…I do have to admit to being a bit bored with the look when I wear them by themselves.

2-DSCF3543Sorting through my lace stash, I decided a little refashion was in order.

I added wide flat lace to the bottom of a t-shirt. If you do this, I strongly suggest using a zigzag stitch. A zigzag stitch will allow the the shirt to stretch without breaking the thread.

3-DSCF3544The extra lace made the tee way too long, but I had no intention of stopping there.

5-DSCF3552I folded a deep cuff above the lace and stitched at the top of the cuff.

I love the way it turned out. 😉


Recycled Sweater Christmas Stocking

DSCN3830Recycled Sweater Christmas Stocking

When I see old sweaters at yard sales I have to buy them. The fact that yard sales in my area are often held when the temperature is over 100 means sweaters are practically given away. These sweaters are a cheap craft resource for holiday crafts. In my opinion, this Christmas stocking design looks much more upscale than the original sweater it came from. Can’t you just see a bunch of these hanging over a cabin fireplace, or down the rail of a pine garland clad staircase? Depending on the size of the sweater and the size of your stocking pattern, you should be able to get at least two stockings from each sweater. Three, if you open the sleeves and use the cuffs as the top edge.

Things You Will Need:

Adult-size sweater
Stocking pattern
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Measuring tape
2-inch pompoms (two)
Hot glue gun

DSCN3812Turn an adult-size sweater wrong side out and lay it on your work surface. Align the bottom edges of the sweater. Place an existing Christmas stocking, or a paper stocking pattern on the sweater. Align the top edge of the stocking shape (pattern) with the bottom edges of the stocking. Pin the pattern through both layers of the sweater. Cut around the pattern. Note: The top of the stocking (bottom edge of the sweater) is not to be cut. It will be the finished edge for the the top opening of the stocking.

DSCN3820Remove the pattern. Pin the side and bottom edges of the sweater stocking shape together. Sew the pinned edges using a straight stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew around the edges once again using a zigzag stitch on the seam allowance. This will finish the raw edges and prevent the knitted stitches from unraveling. Turn the stocking right side out. Press the seams with a warm iron.

DSCN3828Lay the stocking flat on your work surface. Measure across the width of the stocking at its widest point. Double that and add 24 inches. Using your new measurement, cut a length of rickrack in a color that coordinates with your sweater.

Measure 1 inch down from the top edge of your stocking. Starting on the front seam of the stocking and 12 inches from one end of the rickrack, pin the rickrack around the stocking. The rickrack will meet again on the front seam of the stocking. Both ends of the rickrack will have approximately 12 inches extending. These tails will be ties. Top stitch the pinned rickrack around the stocking.

Tie the rickrack tails in a knot against the seam, then tie into a bow. Trim the tails to the desired length.

Burrow a hole on one side of a 2-inch diameter pompom. Apply hot glue in the hole. Place one end of the rickrack in the glue. Squeeze the edges of the pompom hole around the rickrack end. Repeat with the remaining pompom and and rickrack end.

Cut a 5-inch length of rickrack. Fold the rickrack in half, matching the two cut ends. Place the ends inside the stocking, against the back seam. Sew across the cut ends of the rickrack. This is your stocking’s hanger.

Other trims and tassels handmade with yarn can be substituted.


Little Fabric Stash Bags-Tutorial

08-small wool bagLittle Fabric Stash Bags

01-small wool bagA few years ago I purchased a huge barrel at an auction for $1. It was full of old wool suits and dresses. I have been attempting to make use of the variety of colors and textures since I bought it, and the pile inside the barrel is slowly going down. The barrel is currently in a storage unit across town, but while moving I grabbed a bunch of wool to play with.

10-small wool bagThese little wool bags are the product of my play.

02-small wool bagI used gingham/checkered fabric for the linings…

09-small wool bag…and the front of the flowers.05-small wool bag

Trim is also something I have an over abundance of. The handles were made from bias tape and I hand-stitched rickrack around the top edge using floss.

The tutorial for these little bags has now been published on FaveCrafts.

You can find the tutorial here.


Woolie Bird Stuffies

1-DSCF0473Another project completed!

2-DSCF0474My drawer of felted wool sweater pieces was calling to me for inspiration. Seriously! I mean there is just so much organizing and unpacking I can do before I gotta be creative.

4-DSCF0478I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to make until I began sorting through some old applique patterns. I had a couple of bird patterns that I thought would look a whole lot better if they were enlarged and stuffed.

7-DSCF0487I was right. The boring flat appliques came to life with their transformation.

6-DSCF0486I think they have a primitive quality that I love.

5-DSCF0482Check out the whole flock!