I decided it would be cool to make Sister Suzy a rug to match her memory quilt.
Life After Money made a couple using the latch hook method. Instructables has a how-to on braided t-shirt rugs. Craftstylish has a how-to for crocheting a rag rug. SheWhoMeasures has a how-to for knitted rugs. Wow, look at what I just found, a PDF booklet on knitted rugs. Spoonful has a tutorial on making a round woven rug and this one from Craftpassion is done with sheets but I think it would work for t-shirts as well.
But none were exactly what I had in mind. I wanted a shag but didn't want to spend any money on a latch hook backing and I didn't have any netting like Ilona in my stash of craft goodies. So I pieced together 4 left-over backs to get a good sized backing. I used a pieced quilt block design of a heart for the center motif from Simplicity and then doubled it. I drew a 3" x 3" grid on my backing. I decided based on what I had left in scraps that two-and-a-half-inch shag would use up too much fabric. I went with 1.5" shag or a 3 inch square of fabric sewn every half-inch and then snipped in half inch segments. I choose to use 3" strips of fabric as opposed to 1/2" wide strips because I thought it would make the sewing easier. If you wanted a tweedy look then you will have to work with a lot of little strips.
As you can tell my half-inch seam allowances are approximate. I would suggest drawing the seam lines if really straight lines are important to you. I ended up marking the ends, middle and quarter to help keep the middle from getting away from me. I also discovered I was off on my grid work by a half a square lengthwise and width. So I should have waited until I laid everything out or spent more time with a paper and pencil! Most of the sites I read suggest spacing of a 1/4" but I just didn't have the fabric. Or the stick-to-it-ness to pull that off! I struggled with the second half because I got bored.
To finish you are suppose to pull each strip until it curls. It really adds a nice finish to the parts I have pulled but I got bored and have not finished that part. I'm hoping that the strips will curl after a run through a washer and dryer like t-shirts with cuts and tears. The last thing for me to do is paint on some non-skid rug backing.
Now for a kitty picture:
She is so concerned about being where she doesn't belong!
Hope every one is having a good day!