Finding t-shirts that have one more use left in them before they can be cut up for rags is the easy part; I hate to waste anything, and often buy gently used large sized t-shirts at the thrift store to use in crafts.
My most recent hobby is to cut the t-shirts into strips and then knit them into rugs. I'm fascinated by the sheer amount of colors and textures, and this is a great way to add some pizzaz to your home.
The biggest draw back to using t-shirts like this is the cutting part. What a pain!
However, I've discovered (thanks to my Mum seeing this method on TV and sharing it with me) a new and really simple way of cutting them into nice even strips, ready to knit.
Buy the largest size of t-shirts you can find - if they have a bit of printing on them, that's fine, but try to keep it to a minimum.Sharp scissors are essential for this. Here is a selection from Amazon of the best scissors for this kind of project.
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What can you use these strips for? How about a braided, woven, knitted or crocheted scatter rug? These old time ways of reusing old clothes and keeping them out the landfill is making a come back for that rustic accent for your country style life.