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Step 4: weaving the rag rug

I started with some scrap yarn then covered it wit

I started with some scrap yarn then covered it with a yellow pompom (more on pompoms later).  You can also start with t-shirt yarn and use narrower strips for the beginning.

Choose a direction, either clockwise or counter cl

Choose a direction, either clockwise or counter clockwise, weave over and under every two weft (the crosswise yarns) for the first few rounds, then every weft for the rest.

When I transferred the piece (started the cardboar

When I transferred the piece (started the cardboard) to the hula hoop, I just extended the yarn, and doubled each thread which is optional.

Our reader Kerry asked me to explain this step a bit more. So here’s how to extend AND double the warp: take a piece of yarn, thread it through the end of a warp on the cardboard, center this long yarn in the middle, tie a knot there to the old warp. Now you will have a “V” that extends out to the hula hoop, and you can tie the 2 V ends to the hoop.

You can use this method to double you warp at any

You can use this method to double you warp at any point. I kind of made this method up and it worked. But if anyone knows of other methods, please let me know in comments, and I will add to the article! ?

You can remove the cardboard at any time in the phase. As I mentioned earlier, you can start from the beginning on a hula hoop loom and skip the cardboard loom. (Remember I was testing on cardboard, and later decided to make a larger rug? )

Continue to add t-shirt yarn, connect them as shown in step #1.

Try to complete each color t-shirt yarn as whole circles, this will help keep a circular shape as we weave.

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Does washing or drying shrink clothes?

The truth is that your washing machine is equally capable of shrinking your clothes, and not just with the wrong water temperature. Agitation is what causes animal fabrics like wool, mohair and cashmere to shrink, which is why it’s best to have them dry cleaned.

Cut T-shirt Neckline off Shoulders

Generally, this involves modifying the neckline of a t shirt to a better, presentable and classy top.

You need a marker, tape measure and of course a t shirt. Below are the steps to follow.

Step 1Fold the tee into two, front part of the garment facing out. Ensure the neck is lined up well in the middle.Step 2Mark where the fold is using a marker

Step 3Take your tape measure your shoulder width from the base of your neck to the part slightly below your shoulder as shown below. Ensure to round it down by one or two centimeters to allow for stretching in a later step.

Step 4Measure from the left shoulder to the mark you made in step two, as shown below

Step 5Trim round the top layer from the shoulder, slightly away from the hem, to the marked part at the middle.

Step 6Repeat step 4 and 5 for right shoulder. Remember to cut only the top layerStep 7 After cutting the top layer, now cut bottom layer but ensure it is straight across from either the left or right should. This is to avoid an oversize neck in the finished tee.

Step8Cut both the left and right sleeves off the hem. You can also cut the bottom of the off the hem especially if too large.

Step 9This is the last step. Stretch out the trimmed parts of the tee. This gives your tee a messy fashionable and distressed look. Your tee is ready!

How to modify

You can add a little modifications by fixing a ribbon on the collar which maybe done through stitching or by use of glue.

 You can as well add some cuts in a unique pattern of your choice at the back.

Another way of modifying your neckline is by making small cuts leaving very tiny fringes at the edges.

How to Sew a Shirt Smaller By Hand

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can apply a few simple hand-sewing techniques for a creative shirt refashion that requires nothing but a needle and thread.

  • You can hand sew most of the techniques described earlier if you have enough patience!
  • You can sew tucks into place by hand using embroidery floss for a decorative touch.
  • You can follow the steps for the side seam method, but use a needle and thread to hand-stitch the new seams. It will take a little while, but in the end, you’ll have new seams!
  • You can hand sew a hem using a simple slip stitch. This works best on cloth that can press into a sharp crease.

Really, the sky’s the limit once you have a needle and thread!

How to Make a Button-up Shirt Smaller Without Sewing

The easiest way to make a button-up shirt smaller without sewing is to try the shrinking method.

Hot water and heat will cause many fabric fibers to lose the tightly-stretched tension instilled in them during manufacturing, allowing them to shrink back into their normal state. This makes your clothes get smaller!

For women’s shirts, you can also just belt them in! Try wearing a belt and easing a bit of the loose shirt up over the top of the belt to create a classy, fitted-waist style.

Heart cut out

In this technique, you are required to have the skills of first cutting the tee into a crop top. This is done by removing the sleeves from the t shirt, ensuring both sides are identical. Cut off the bottom hem and the neck to make a well sized crop top.

After this, make the shape of the heart at the back of the crop top depending on the size of heart you need. Additionally, you can make a heart cut out by drawing the shape of the heart on either sides of the tee top then making oval cuts around the heart. This is a pretty idea to manifest your talent and can also be done on a plain t shirt.

Step 3: Cutting the Edge

Fold the shirt in half so that the part of the shirt that you just cut is lined up evenly . While the shirt is folded cut strips into the edge. I cut strips that were about 1 1/2″ long and 1/2″ wide but the strips size can vary depending on how tight you want the shirt to be.

How to do different tie dye patterns

There are loads of ways to create different patterns when tie-dyeing, most methods use string or elastic bands to fold and shape the fabric before applying the dye. Take a look at our step-by-step instructions to create your own psychedelic designs or bold patterns.

How to tie dye a spiral t-shirt

1. Start by twisting the centre of the t-shirt or fabric into a spiral shape.

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

2. Keep squashing the t-shirt into the spiral shape, eventually gathering all the fabric into one big, tight spiral ball.

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

3. Using either string or elastic bands, gather the spiralled t-shirt together into six sections – you can add more sections if you’re using more than three colours.

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(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

4. Now it’s time to tie dye! Place the spiralled t-shirt into the bowl and apply your chosen dyes – for this project we used Dylon’s Sunflower Yellow, Paradise Blue and Passion Pink dyes. We’ve chosen to only dye every other stringed-off section to leave some of the white t-shirt on show, but it’s up to you how you decide to dye your t-shirt. Allow the dye to soak in following the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse off with cold water and then it’s ready for washing.

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(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

How to tie dye a chevron stripe t-shirt

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(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

1. Begin by folding your t-shirt lengthways in a concertina pattern. We folded our t-shirt into five, but you can fold as many times as you want. The fewer the folds, the fewer chevrons.

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

2. Using an erasable pen, or a pen in a similar colour to your fabric dye, draw diagonal lines across the t-shirt every 10cm. Again, you can increase this measurement for wider stripes.

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(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

3. With elastic bands or string, tie the t-shirt up in the direction of the diagonal lines. Gather the material up tightly to make sure no dye can soak in underneath the string.

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(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

4. Continue tying up the t-shirt along the diagonal lines along the entire length of the t-shirt until it looks like this.

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(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

5. Place the tied up t-shirt in a large dish ready for dying. Using two colours of your pre-mixed dye, apply each colour to every other stripe. We used Tulip Red and Ocean Blue for this project.

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

6. Once tie dyed, leave the dye to soak in for as long as the manufacturer advises. We wanted a faded, nineties look for this top so we only left the dye on for five hours. Then rinse with cold water until the water runs clear and it’s ready for washing.

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

How to tie dye a circle t-shirt

1. Begin by tugging up small sections of the t-shirt between your thumb and forefinger. Using an elastic band or a piece of string, wrap around the circular section tightly and knot to secure in place.

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

2. Continue tying off the circles all over the t-shirt like this.

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(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

3. Fill a deep dish with the pre-mixed blue dye and dunk your tied t-shirt in the mixture. For this project we used Dylon’s Ocean Blue dye.

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

4. Keep pushing the t-shirt down into the dye until it’s completely covered. Leave to sit for about five minutes.

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

5. Remove the t-shirt from the dye solution and wring out any of the excess dye. Wrap the t-shirt in a piece of cling film and place it on a microwavable plate. Microwave on a high setting for about 1 minute. The heat will help the dye take to the t-shirt and means less waiting around. Rinse in cold water until the water runs clear and it’s ready for washing.

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

(Credit: GoodToKnow/Esme Clemo)

Warnings

  • Be careful to avoid cutting yourself with scissors when trimming your shirt.

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  • Be careful to avoid sewing a finger, if using a sewing machine, or pricking your finger with a needle, if hand stitching.

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Step 2: how to make continuous t-shirt yarn for weaving a rag rug

IMPORTANT: keep the yarn in shorter lengths 

IMPORTANT: keep the yarn in shorter lengths  in this step, and organized the same color piece into a “yarn ball” . If the length is too long it would be hard to weave them through in next step.

The trick here is to adjust the width of your t-shirt strips: cut the strips wider for thin fabrics, narrower for thick fabrics, so the finished t-shirt yarn stays at a consistent thickness.

For most common t-shirts, 1.5″ to 2″ w

For most common t-shirts, 1.5″ to 2″ wide t-shirt strips works great for t-shirt yarn. Follow the diagram below, first cut off the sleeves and open up the t-shirt.

Then cut the lines cross the body, you can use  this great rotary cutter which really speeds up the t-shirt yarn making process, on  a cutting mat, or use scissors.

Because the fabric stretches in the direction of the cut, we can pull it to form  curled fabric yarn, as in the photo below.

Roll pieces of each color t-shirt yarn into a ball

Roll pieces of each color t-shirt yarn into a ball for use later.

IMPORTANT: keep the yarn in shorter lengths  in this step, and organized the same color piece into a “yarn ball” .

As you weave, you will need to join the yarn. Cut an opening on each end, and pull it through as shown in the diagram below.

Step 7: Finished!

Step 7: Finished!

All done! You can adjust the shirt by making the knots tighter or looser depending on how form fitting you want the shirt to be.

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