Reed City woman to teach area seniors rug making at Senior Enrichment Day

REED CITY – Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose.

Wendy Brown, of Reed City, enjoys crafting rugs and pot holders out of brightly colored T-shirts and plastic grocery bags.

“I used to work at a thrift store in Reed City,” Brown said. “When we sorted clothing, certain T-shirts were not allowed on the racks if they were not clean or had logos that weren’t appropriate for the thrift store.”

Brown purchased the shirts, cutting them into long strips of fabric and turning them into woven and crocheted rugs.

“We need to be good stewards of what God has given us,” Brown said. “This is good stewardship all the way around. We are not filling the landfills with things we can reuse.”

After learning how to repurpose T-shirts and grocery bags on YouTube several years ago, Brown has discovered different methods of looping the strips of fabric.

“The only limitation is what you can envision and what your fingers can do,” she said.

Using the end of a spatula – which has a hole in it for the fabric – Brown effortlessly weaves the material through loops, creating a beautiful design.

“Our pioneer mothers used little sticks with a hole in it or toothbrushes with a hole in the handle,” Brown said. “It’s so simple. You don’t have to know how to crochet or knit.”

Brown will teach a workshop on how to create T-shirt rugs at Senior Enrichment Day, which will take place on June 25 at Big Rapids High School.

“When you go away from the class you have something,” Brown said. “You have the start of a potholder or a rug and a new skill.”

Senior Enrichment Day is a one-day conference for older adults filled with classes and workshops on a variety of subjects.

The cost to attend is $12, which includes lunch.

For more information, contact the Senior Center at (231) 972-2884.