Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

Who doesn't have old white tee shirts that are gross?  If you are like me, they seem to only last a couple seasons (if that!), and then they are too gross to wear.   Enter tee shirt mug rugs!  

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

I used 5 long sleeve tee shirts and one knit skirt - however you really only need about half of one shirt to make a mug rug.

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

I've made some braided rugs before in the past using a stiffer cotton fabric, and that made it pretty tricky.  However, using a stretchy knit, is easy peasy.  

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

I of course didn't want to keep them white (plus they are a lil nasty) so I experimented with using natural dyes.  I boiled a full pot of water and started with some green tea, but didn't think it was a vibrant enough yellow so I added in about 1 teaspoon of turmeric to make it a vibrant sunshine-y yellow!  My favorite color.  

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

Then I rubber banded a few to make some variations in the tees, soaking some of them longer & fully emerging some of them. 

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

I hung them outside to let the fresh air and wind dry them.  

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

I love the variation in color and the way the different knits took the dye.  

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

Then I cut the tees into 1/2" tee shirt yarn - basically just long strips.  As long as you can keep them!

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

I sewed the strips together and started braiding.  I added more of the tee shirt yarn and continued braiding until I got my desired diameter for the mug rug, about 4" wide.

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

Now you just sew the braids together - I used the zig zag stitch and you're done!

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.

I have these cute little mug rugs now for my studio!  Repurposed from rags, made in about 2 hours!

Repurposed: Old Tees to Mug Rugs.