Shag rugs add a fun, decorative look to bedrooms, playrooms, and more. I’m using different colored fabrics, but you can use just 1 color if you prefer. Jersey cotton is best to use because it doesn’t fray, but other soft fabrics will work well too. It’s also a great way to recycle old t-shirts.
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Measure and cut a 36” x 45” rectangle out of the black jersey cotton fabric.
With the rotary cutter, start at one corner and make ½” slits in the fabric. Each slit should be about a 1/2” of an inch apart. Continue this until you’ve covered the entire rectangle.
As an alternative, you can use old t-shirts. For a rug this size you will need about 10-15 t-shirts depending on what size they are.
Cut 1” x 5” strips out of the jersey knits. The amount of strips you’ll need varies depending on the size of the rug. I used about 480 strips.
Take a strip and loop it under the slit and tie it into a knot. If you’re using more than one color you can alternate them. I’m alternating the 5 different colors that I’ve chosen for this rug.
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