Thursday, June 28, 2012

DIY Rug from Thrifted Sheets

So, I found the project on Pinterest (insert surprise here) but I can't find it anymore.  So I searched for it but couldn't find the exact one that inspired me.  But then I realized that I didn't actually use that one, I just winged my own little project.  So, giving credit is a puzzle for me.


If you've ever made a rug out of sheets, you've inspired me.  And you can be my friend.


I went to Goodwill and bought some sheets.  You could buy regular broadcloth fabric but heading out to Goodwill will be way cheaper, trust me.


I gave all the sheets a wash in hot water because, as I've told you before, I have a pervasive fear of head lice.  For the fitted sheets, I cut around the elastic so I had one flat piece.  Once they were all flat, I used my rotary cutter to cut strips up and down, BUT NOT ALL THE WAY THROUGH.  The idea is to make one long strip.


See? It's like a zig-zag.  In the end, I had one long strip of each sheet.


Next, I wrapped all the sheets up in balls, like yarn.


For the actual project, I didn't take pictures.  I've said before, it's impossible of me to take pictures of myself crocheting.  But here's what I did, using a size I crochet hook:

1.  Chain a row as long as you want the mat to be.
2.  Turn.  Skip the first chain and single crochet in every chain until the end of the row.
3.  End with a slip knot through the last chain and cut the fabric.
4.  Turn. Using the next sheet in your pattern, begin single crochets in every chain.  At the end of the row, chain one.
5.  Repeat steps 2 &3 until you're happy with the size of your rug.


Those are my feet.  I don't know why they look all weird, they just always have.  We all have our flaws.

This rug was easy and turned out great!  Look how pretty:


And standing on this thing? It's like a Cadillac for my feet.  I don't know why, but it is super-comfy.  I just stand on it all the time now.  The family thinks I've lost it.




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36 comments:

  1. LOVE it!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  2. I love it. Ifeel inspired to make a dark one or two for my front and back doors. They will also be washable. I will have to see what I can find in our local charity shops.
    Carolx

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  3. Great job on your rug. I would not have thought to use bed sheets...brilliant. The only thing that would be crazy if you are moving your adorable rug around the house to stand on wherever you should go...that might verge on crazy :)

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  4. I really like you rug as well. My Mom has this great mat under her sink and it feels wonderful maybe I could make one of these so that my feet would feel wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration. Come by for a visit.

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  5. Ooo, I used to have a rug like this and always wondered how it was made! Love it! Beautiful colours/fabrics too! :)

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  6. Oh my! That turned out just divine! I have got to learn to crochet!

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  7. That is amazing! I haven't crocheted in quite a while but I might have to try this. What size crochet hook did you use?

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    1. Hi there! I used size I... I updated the post because I completely forgot to put that in. Thanks for the reminder!

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    2. I wish I had seen the idea about cutting the sheets into one long strip instead of individual strips when I was planning my first rug. It would have been so much easier (not to mention less time consuming) when I made my first rug out of old flannel sheets. Love this rug.

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  8. what size crochet hood did you use?

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  9. I am def going to give this a try! Love it!

    Alison
    x

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  10. Love the colors! Wish I could crochet. Some day. I think you don't need to give credit to anyone else. We get inspiration from EVERY where!!! We only need to give credit if we copy something using someone's personal pattern or whatever. Smiles~Lori

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  11. I LOVE your rug! I have made something similar before with old T shirts but bed sheets would definately be prettier and easier because they are bigger. I will be making some of these for myself and friends. Thanks for the great idea.

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  12. That is SO CUTE!!! I saw this over at Homemaker in Heels and I am so impressed! Great idea!!!

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  13. Beautiful job. This is so cute. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/06/natural-hair-gel-and-wednesdays-adorned.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

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  14. ah! complete genius! it looks very shabby chic/beach house/sweet and crafty. i already had in mind that today was going to be a goodwill day. now i have even more reason to go! nice work, you.

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  15. Cool and a great idea for recycling. I would not worry about the foot picture- mine look a lot worse. I used to rock climb a lot and my mom told me that it would make my feet ugly. She was right, but luckily I am not a foot model. :) Have a good day! Coming to you from the blog hop!

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  16. This looks so pretty! I love it! How many sheets did you end up using?

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  17. This is so pretty! I've been planning to crochet a rug for a while, but I hadn't gotten around to it yet. I like the idea of cutting the sheets in a zigzag to keep them all one piece. Thanks for sharing how you did this!

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  18. This is so cute! I'm definitely heading to Goodwill today!

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing at Fabulous Friday! I featured you!

    http://herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2012/07/fabulous-friday-33.html

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  20. This turned out so cute! I love the colors - perfect for summer! I haven't crocheted in years... wonder if I could do braids and get a similar result by stitching the strands together...?? Thanks for sharing!

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  21. So cute and it does look so soft and cozy! Thank you for sharing this at the party this week! I love it!

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  22. sooo cute came from the picket fence I pinned this so I could find it again great pedi btw
    thanks so much for sharing
    RaNae @ Ewe Creek Cottage
    http://ewecreekcottage.blogspot.com

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  23. Did you use the entire sheet and what size sheets did you use?

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  24. Thanks for sharing. Your tutorial is very easy to follow. How big did you make your rug and how many sheets and what sizes did you use.

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  25. Your rug is gorgeous! I love the colours you have used, so cheerful. What sized hook did you use?

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  26. Such a HAPPY-LOOKING rug! I can almost see your smile as you stand on it, I would too.

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  27. Looks like other people are curious, too. Approximately how much length of sheet did you use and what size was the final rug? I'm thinking of trying this with tee shirt yarn but I'm not sure how much I'll need. Thank you!

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  28. im not arty at all, or creative is there anyway i can buy this? its beautiful and would look amazing in my daughters room?

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  29. So pretty, love the colors. This brings back so many memorie, my Great Grandmother and Great Aunts use to make these! Didn't appreciate them like I do now.
    So many things I want to make now because of your blog LOL

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  30. Found you on Pinterest! Looking forward to trying this soon :)

    younganddomestic.wordpress.com

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