Sunday, August 21, 2011

CROCHET PATTERN - Upcycled T-shirt Coasters

Don't throw away your old, holey t-shirts! Turn them into something functional!  I know there are lots of ways you can upcycle your old clothes... but when one of my favorite old shirts had finally seen it's last wear, I decided to cut it into strips & crochet it into a set of coasters.  I sent the coasters to my parents for testing & they LOVE them.  In fact, my mom has me crochet more of them when her shirts get worn out.  I like to make mine square, but you can make them any shape you like.

Supplies:  Old cotton t-shirt, Size N or P crochet hook, scissors.
Prepare your old shirt by cutting off any seams, bias tape, etc.  Then cut your shirt in one continuous 3/4 - 1" strip. I cut mine around and around in a "spiral" so that I don't have to tie individual strips together.
Using your crochet hook, CH 10. (If you want the coaster to be larger or smaller, chain as many as you like.)
Row 1:  SC in 2nd CH from hook & in each CH across, CH 1, turn.
Row 2:  SC in each CH across, CH 1, turn. 
Repeat row 2 until your piece is square.
Fasten off & tuck in the ends.  Trim any pieces of shirt that stick out, or leave them... Whatever you think looks best.

These work great for big glasses of ice cold water and hot coffee mugs.  Enjoy!  :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Moving Soon...

I've been in limbo for most of the summer, living with my in laws, waiting to find out where the army is going to send us next. We should have new orders by this time next week, and the it'll be a mad rush to move, find a place, and get my son signed up for school. I'm starting to spaz... I don't like to feel rushed, but I know it'll all pan out just fine. I should be able to FULLY reopen my shop for custom orders around September first. I also hope to share a few new designs with you around then, too. I hope you've all had a great summer!!