Oh Pinterest... You've done it again! This time I found a Kids DIY, t-shirt rug. One afternoon we found ourselves searching a thrift store looking for 12 Boys Large t-shirts.
We gave them a good washing, to remove the thrift store smell, and make sure they were all as small as they were going to get.
This project was for Georgia who is 7, I probably wouldn't do it with anyone younger, unless they are great weavers already.
First we cut the t-shirts into one inch strips off of the shirts mid section. Cutting off the hem, and ending underneath the armpits of the shirts. So you have a bunch of one inch loops.
Then you loop 11 loops over a hula hoop, starting with one at 12 o'clock and 6 clock, then cutting those in half, 3 o'clock and 6 o'clock. Then continuing around the hula hoop in halves. When you start to weave you loop the t shirts through the warps.
The instructions told us to do 11 loops, I personally would have done a few more, so we could have had a tighter weave at the top of the rug. They also say to stop 8" from the hula hoop. We went almost until the edge of the hula hoop. And when we got to the end, I went back in the big gaps between warps and wove little strips in and tied them up at the top to match the warps. To give it s little more stability at the top.
Better instructions can be found on familyfun.com, this is just a brief tutorial to see if it's something you want to commit yourself to! It was a fun and cheap project. I'm actually thinking about finding grey and white t shirts, and making a rug for our bathroom....
(Small pictures from http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/hula-hoop-rug-995304/)