How to Make a Bathmat From Upcycled T-Shirts

Spruce up your bathroom decor with this easy, inexpensive no-sew rag rug.

June 15, 2021
By: Jess Abbott

Don’t throw away those old T-shirts. Turn them into a rag rug that can be used as a bathmat or doormat. No sewing skills required — you just have to know how to tie a knot!

Tools + Materials

  • scissors or rotary cutter
  • 2’ x 3’ no-slip rug pad with holes in it
  • pencil or other pointy object
  • (5-7) T-shirts


Cut Strips

Cut the T-shirts into long 1/2-inch strips.



Cut Strips Into Shorter Pieces

Cut the strips into 5-inch pieces. There is no need to be specific; simply eyeball it.



Thread Strips Onto Rug Pad

Use a pointy object — like a pencil — to push one end of a strip through the holes on the bottom of the no-slip rug pad.



Knot Each Strip

Tie the fabric strip in a knot.



Fill It In

Repeat the previous steps, pushing the strips through all of the holes on the no-slip rug pad until it is completely covered. Double up on the strips for a fuller rug.



Looking for a Cheater Method?

Simply hot glue the strips in place directly on the top of the rug pad, bunching the strips together on top of the glue. Place a piece of cardboard under the rug because the hot glue will seep through the holes and make a mess. Once the glue dries, run your hand over the top of the rug to remove any loose pieces.



Soft on The Feet

Enjoy your new bathmat, knowing that you put those old T-shirts to much better use.



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