What you needOld t-shirts ( the more elastin content the more flexible your t-shirt yarn)
an 8mm crochet hook
First things first
Making the t-shirt yarn. Firstly cut a line from just under the arms and also across the bottom of the t-shirt cutting off the bottom hem which can be a little to thick.
You should at this point have a tube of fabric. Fold it in half with the seams together and cut strips from the inside towards the seams leaving about an inch before the seam.
Do this down to the bottom of the tube then open. What you should have at this stage is a tube with cuts down.
Pot holder pattern
- Chain 20 and 2 extra for turning .
3.chain two and then triple again in the second from the hook and until the end.
Continue repeating step two until the desired size is acquired then fasten off.
The edgingNow the edging I made is quite easy and can be used for both pot holders and mats.
simply chain 3 then make a slip stitch in the first chain and then slip stitch in the base of the chain. then slip stitch in the next stitch you are making the edging in. And to make a loop just chain about 20 and then slip stitch back in the first chain and tie off.
So when making a mat alternately you can make it any size as long as you add two chains at the end for turning and then when starting the next line make your first stitch in the second chain or stitch from your crochet hook.
Here is a dressing table mat I made from a recycled piece of lace I cut into strips and attached together, an old stretchy t shirt and an old vest. I really like the mixed textures of the materials all mixed together and It has freshened up the appearance of my dressing table . Not to mention I have gotten rid of some old clothes which were taking up much needed wardrobe space. It's a win win situation with recycling !!!!