I have wanted to learn how to crochet using a Tunisian stitch and decided to try a small recycled material project to start out. I used a strip of t-shirt cut about 1/4 inch wide and then stretched it gently to curl it into what I like to call curled t-yarn.
Using the curled t-shirt yarn and a I sized Tunisian crochet hook, I set out to crochet myself a t-yarn coffee cup mat. I found this Tunisian stitch picture tutorial very helpful in learning the basic stitch.
To crochet my coffee coaster, I started with a chain on of 16 stitches with my t-shirt yarn and just worked even the basic Tunisian stitch for 15 rows. Just follow the Tunisian stitch tutorial link above to complete your coffee cup mat coaster. Using the recycled t-shirt material worked out well for creating a thick and absorbent coaster. One word of advice is to work slowly and try and not pull too hard on your stitching. The yarn made from recycled t-shirts is stiff and can be a bit tough on your hands and joints as you craft with the material. But go slow as the final product is well worth the efforts.
Final product is a 4-1/2 inch square coaster for your coffee cup crocheted from just a small amount of a recycled t-shirt.