The mat (pictured to the right) was made from the scraps of the other projects. I'll talk more about those later. The mat came from a tutorial found here, although I modified it somewhat in that I made the base piece of fabric more into a lattice to do latch-hook-style threading of the t-shirt scraps through the holes. I wanted to be able to just throw it into the laundry, which you couldn't do with the original.
this one. Then I also did a version where I chopped the t-shirt in half down the middle and made two taller, thinner bags with only one handle. I liked both styles a lot--the half t-shirt style for the size of it, and the full t-shirt style for the double handle. I do like a double handle. And I do like a smaller bag better than a larger one.
And of course, then there's the belt. Is it ever a sexy beast. My favourite part is that not a scrap of it was new. To be honest, I owe a debt of gratitude to several people on-line for the inspiration and (in some cases) actual instruction that led to this baby being born. It's really not hard, and you don't need a sewing machine. Actually, you don't need much more than a pair of sharp scissors and a t-shirt. Even the rings are optional.
So here's how I made it.
this tutorial to make into a beautiful, strong t-shirt yarn. From there, I wrapped the yarn around my waist, and then used 3 times that to make one strand. I did this 9 times in total.
From there, I used this tutorial as inspiration for the closure rings, but I knew I wanted more of a tassel look for the tie end. All I needed now was rings. But I didn't have any belt rings, and I wasn't about to go to the fabric store in the rain. Then it dawned on me: I have old, clear plastic shower curtain rings. I used two.
And that, my friends, is how you make a belt for zero dollars.