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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Rags-to-Rugs Craft

By: Ananda from apieceofrainbow.com
Rags-to-Rugs Craft
Rags-to-Rugs Craft
This image courtesy of apieceofrainbow.com

Don't throw away your old and worn-out T-shirts. Recycle them by turning them into a cozy cushion for your feet! This DIY Rags-to-Rugs Craft is perfect for upcycling items you don't wear anymore. You could also go to the thrift store and buy some old T-shirts cheap.
Cotton shirts work best for this project. You'll also need something to act as a loom to weave your DIY rag rug together (a cardboard circle or hula-hoop works nicely). These recycled craft ideas are easy and can be done in an evening. Use bold colors to add some punch to your living room decor. These crafts are also great for decorating a kid's room or nursery.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsRecycled Materials, Yarn

Primary TechniqueNo Sew Project

Beginner

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I have been wanting to make a rag rug for a while now but need to get more confident to make one. This is a good tutorial with pictures and it seems like it is manageable. I love that you can use the colors of your choice and use T-shirts that you can recycle. I have got to keep this on my to do list. anyone else want to make your own rag rug this is for you too.

I got a virus threat message on the rag rug t shirt site - shame I really wanted to look at it. (

Oh no! I just clicked through to the A Piece of Rainbow website and I didn't get a message like that. Maybe it was a temporary problem that is now resolved! It is a lovely project.

A nice detailed and comprehensive pattern page. She did a good job with all the step by step pictures. I have not made something like this before, and I would be ready to go- feeling confident that I could do this on my own. It is certainly a more involved DIY than some of the others I have seen. It's one of those projects where you will reap the rewards of your hard work!

Such a wonderful idea to use t shirt yarn . It seems a bit tasking though but after you get all the strips of yarn and learn the basic weaving techniques you are good to go.

What a wonderfully vivid and colourful rug. I have never done weaving in the round like that I like how everything is so well explained, and all the pictures are very helpful. I will have to read it through completely a few times to make sure I get the process and the technique.

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