Hi 1st time on hear luv it would it work with old T-shirts? I love these braided rugs. The key to getting a custom look from off-the-shelf area rugs is to combine several together, giving the appearance of a large, custom-sized version. Remove all the loose threads along the strips, they normally are those vertical threads that came off when you tear the fabric. You can always fudge the rest a little if needed. Braided Rag Rug Instructions. That will also make it into more of a hat than a rug as I discovered. I have made lots of things with pvc pipe, but never thought of using it that way. Keep winding the braid around the center and sewing it on, one braid loop at a time, until the whole braid is used up. You can use the ladder stitch for that. A braided rug is a great way to recycle fabric and make your house cozy. Raise your sewing chair enough so that you have some leverage on the table, as holding the edges of the rug together while pushing it through the machine requires steady pressure. If you’re on your way to make your first one, choose a tutorial that is for beginners. If you have made others do you always use a backing? youre going to turn off your lights for 1 hour?? Please find the instruction in this page, perhaps you will have a clearer view. I did this with old bed sheets. Please adjust your thread upper tension and see if it works. But, if you are afraid that the needle breakage, use needle that meant for denim or jean sewing. they survive very well in machine wash. I’ve just made this rug using the tutorial and it looks great, I used moss green gingham, cream, green and pink floral fabric and raspberry pink linen. Press. Don't worry if the stitches show, as this will be the bottom of the rug. Begin lacing your finished braids together going in and out between the braid in the same way you would lace your shoes. Required fields are marked *. It is really pretty easy , great idea!! It is an old farm house looking thing. TE MANDO UN BESO And how good COMOCERTE! Remember, you want the laces tight, but you don’t want them so tight that the rug begins to bunch up. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Hope this piece of advice helps. Stitch the edges of the coiled braid together with a backstitch or whip stitch, making another stitch approximately every inch. 5. I tried a new needle, a ball point needle, and a denim needle. Put the new strip on top of the existing and pass the tail end through the slit holes. For example, a 2-by-3-foot rug will need 1 foot of center braid, while a round rug only needs a few inches for the center braid. I was thinking if we can do this with plastic strips… may be you will help us to figure it out. Hi Angie, Don’t mix used wool with old wool because the rug won’t wear evenly. My great grandma had them in her home… i just love the look and feel of them.. ty for making this easy to do! You may add a non-slip mat in between the floor and the rug for better safety. Oval or round shaped rug – You need very long, continuous braids to create these shapes because you have to coil them to get an oval or circle. Step 2 Sew three strips together tightly. Loosen up the other ends when they get tangled up. When you start the braiding, turn the sides on the strip into the middle, first one then the other. I have a ton of it. I think it could work in other sizes also. Tuck the last inch of braid into the round, stitch it together and run your needle backwards for three inches to lock the stitches in place. Line up the pattern of the other rug and lay the rugs as close together with the tape as you can. Gracias por compartirlo! would you know the name used for this technique or where i may find directions for? I started to make the balls but they get so big and heavy do you hold them to braid or take off the strips as you go ? Coil one end of the braid in on itself on a flat surface, making a flat disc similar to a drink coaster. Fold the tail of the braid under so it points toward the center of the rug. Let’s go and see how I make this 22″ x  16″ oval shaped braided rag rug , 1.Old bedsheets (3 king-size should be enough to make 3 rag rugs) , It is a good idea, should be workable as long as it is not too thick for your sewing machine, otherwise, you can hand-sew it . I’m thinking bathmat (? Handmade braided rugs are expensive because they are labor intensive. Not really, Iris, I just use my normal sewing needle for this. Roll up the strips into a ball, don’t join the ends, just roll it up and get ready for the next step. Continue to spiral the braided fabric around itself to make a circular shape, adding stitches as you go to hold it together. Begin lacing your finished braids together going in and out between the braid in the same way you would lace your shoes. Apply the tape to one side of the rug. Sew the side of the braid with a zigzag stitch so that the braid join up side by side. FROM ARGENTINA !!!!! I pinned it on my ironing board. To do the ladder stitch, take a stitch from one fabric piece to the other and then reverse it, while taking a slight step to the side. When you braid, hold the strips as horizontal as possible so the braid can come out flat. Hi Carrie, perhaps asking your machine service center will help. Wrap the braid around the center once. Run the “needle” through the braid that is on the side of the previous braid. Now that is fixed! Starting at one end, begin to coil the braid tightly. Braided rugs are a classic element of farmhouse style derived from a need for low-cost and efficient decor options. I picture that this would be very slippery on the bottom. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Continue to sew until you reach the last square. This is an awesome tutorial and I will be back here often!! Continue working in this manner until only one inch of braid remains. When you finish, secure the last end of the braid to the rug and turn it over so the stitches won't show when you display the rug. Lay down the same length braids side-by-side, pin them together and finally sew them to keep them in place. It is like the normal rag rug, could be slippery on certain floor surface. Yes, you may browse through this catagory. While some crafters knit or crochet their rag rugs, you don't need these skills to make your own. :O), yes, it is washable and the build is rugged, should be able to last for many years , that’s great!! , Hope you will sew up some for great memories . I sewed some accent rugs together to create a custom sized rug for my mudroom.#… By doing this, the frayed edges won’t show or begin to unravel. I want the inside to match the outside look. Safety pin and pin I think it might have something to do with the thickness of the braids, but I’m not sure. Instead of throwing out old sheets, clothes and curtains, recycle them into a rag rug for an earth-friendly craft project. One of your projects that I really like is the sturdy tube box. It won’t be long before your braided rug begins to take shape. Now to go and look for some old king size sheets at the thrift stores! :~). )I love your tutorial. Great tutorial! I make what are called Appalacian weave rugs. Hi! Mark 1″ square on the base, to have 22 squares x 16 squares (with 1/2″ seam allowance for the sides). It definitely has to do with the thickness of the fabric. Hope I answered your question. Apply the tape to one side of the rug. Scissors The short length is easier to loosen up. From braided to woven, there are lots of ways to make a rug. Help please I braided some old t-shirt but when I start Sewing the thread keep snapping and missing some stiches. :O), Your email address will not be published. Use straight pins to help hold the coil in place while you work. Cut into 1-2 inch strips (cut the legs lengthwise - top to bottom - for longer strips). I love the touch of this braided rag rug….. it is rough!!! OK guys, now this is more of a marathon than a sprint (although it is super quick) so I think we … when braiding fold raw edges under to bottom of rug/ some like the raggy look but i dont. Fold the centerpiece of the leftover bed sheet after all the stripping, to a size of about 23″ x 17″. Line up the pattern of the other rug and lay the rugs as close together with the tape as you can. I’t not really all that old, though. danye, It looks like Angie’s question about joining the extensions was ever answered. Hope that you will share with us your version of braided rag rug . And if you have a large table that you can work on, do it. Pencil and ruler Not much. (The 6 strand is a lot harder to describe. Cut the length if necessary. You can make it in any color to suit any room in your house. Sew Your Braided Rug Together. One style of rug that you can make yourself is a braided rag rug. How do you keep the rug from curling into a bowlshape.? Have you made any other sizes? I added your link to your blog on my blog tonight I hope that is ok with you, I should have asked first I guess . This is great, I have just reupholstered some beat up furniture and I ended up with a lot of extra fabric. =). Apr 28, 2014 - Instead of throwing out old sheets, clothes and curtains, recycle them into a rag rug for an earth-friendly craft project. Should work well too but I am not sure how bulky it will be and can it fit into your sewing machine presser foot for you to sew. Set aside. Once, you’re done braiding, it’s finally time to sew your rug together! Once you’re done with crafting a rug, you will fall in love with the floor covering you so meticulously created. Thanks for sharing! And I am always needing a little throw rug here and there !! It seems pretty sturdy and I’m thinking of trying the next one without a backing. That is such a cool lookin’ rug! Placemats perhaps? Hand stitch the ends of these three strips of fabric together. Whatever you do, don’t stop experimenting, and you might even make … Feb 9, 2020 - Explore Marilyn Young's board "Braided rug tutorial", followed by 268 people on Pinterest. Step 1 – Make your Braids. Hi Katrina, I only made this size and with backing. Press. Start sewing your braid together. Your email address will not be published. Any advise? Linda. Sewing machine and threads. Continue to … Sew the side of the braid with a zigzag stitch so that the braid join up side by side. Just go and dig out your old bed sheets . Drill a hole in the large end and smooth that end with sand paper. March 12, 2010 by Craft Passion 120 Comments, Easy, Home, Recycle | Upcycle, Sew | Stitch, My mum threw me 2 bundles of old bedsheets she found during spring cleaning. Thank you for the tutorial! I don’t have a zig zag capability on my old singer – can i do iyt with a straight stitch do you think? The denim needle worked best, but it still did it. It’s about 3/8″ wide. Sew the coil and edges together with linen thread tightly. pretty colors on the pic!! Hope you can understand my directions. I am struggling the picture and instructions. can be ripped or stained/ just so they are clean/ i cut strips depending on size of fabric i will use/ about 3 inches/wide any lenght/ take 3 peices and start braiding just like braiding hair. Make sure you line up the edge of the carpet first. This is going to be fun and I have old bed sheets to use, too!! A rags to rugs story. Thanks. Fun sight! All rights reserved. Bedspreads? I’m thinking bathmat. My dad used to make them from the “tail” of a rattail comb. This is wonderful! it is very easy to make. I too am having difficulty with this step. Make a few stitches between the rounds of the spiral to hold them together. This is useful during sewing the braid strip to the base so that you will know if your rag is going out of the shape. JOR… :)), Translation (By Google) The hardest part of the entire process is keeping the braided rug flat. You may refer to this page for a clearer instruction. Seriously. This is perfect timing!! I’m having trouble with my machine skipping stitches. While some crafters knit or crochet their rag rugs, you don't need these skills to make your own. I just finished the rug, it was very simple to make. I’m now sewing it and its bowing up, like its trying to make a bowl. Then, press the rugs together to make them appear as seamless as possible. Set the dial on your sewing machine to make the widest zigzag stitch possible. Continue to coil the braid on the flat surface, keeping it loose enough that it doesn't start to form a bowl shape. Too Good and super practical… I saved up the center part to make the base for the rag rug. Sorry, I missed that comment. What a great looking rug! I’m just going to keep on going and hopefully when I finish it will lie properly. I sort of feel like it’s a little too small though. When you start the braiding, turn the sides on the strip into the middle, first one then the other. S.R. See more ideas about rug tutorial, diy rug, rag rug. Make sure the cut edges are lined up and sew the two rugs together using a straight stitch. Sew the two sections together with a simple slip stitch for every braid loop. Once all the jeans are cut to stripes, you will have to sew the stripes together, so you can get a longer piece of material. Thank you soo much If not, I bet the rugs are nice and soft compared to the commercial braided rugs. Gather your materials together and follow these instructions for starting your rug: Make all of your braids and bunch the braids together end to end to get the length you desire. This way, when you stretch it out, the strand smoothly transitions from one color to the next. I will be doing this and then my hubby will have a rug for his feet when he gets out of bed in the morning! The sewn side will be the bottom of the rug. If you have a machine that has decorative or embroidery-type stitches, they will work as well in place of the zigzag stitch. 4. Generally, the most straightforward sort of rug to make is the no-sew braided rag rug. Pin it to secure. I stumbled upon some rag rug tutorials before, and this one from Moda Bake Shop’s really caught my attention. just keep adding more strips/ i glue material together/depending on size of rug you want/ use fishing line i have a hook needles to use to hook to braid together/ can make the round . This time around I’ve used sheets (aquire at a thrift shop)and used the zigzag sewing machine sitch..my problem is my rug is rippling, am I doing something wrong? 3 Stitch the edges of the coiled braid together with a backstitch or whip stitch, making another stitch approximately every inch. ,except I crocheted mine. Mark the edge of the old bedsheet, 1″ apart. It reminds me of the rag rugs we had in my house when I was a kid. Love this project, just reposted it on my website of great projects: http://maketwincities.blogspot.com/, So, I’ve started it a while back but it is coming along. If you’d like to add a rustic touch to your home, a braided rag rug might be just the ticket. I hope this will bring good memory to my kids too, and they will say” this reminds me of my mum who love to made recycle rag rugs”, lol. Thanks for the tutorial too – I’ve linked this to my rugs post today, well done! I am going to use it for a rag rug. I’m going to try this—thanks for the tutorial! © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. Continue to braid. Braid the strips till you have a substantial length for the rag rug, 10 yards or so. Continue to coil and sew until the entire braided rug is coiled and secured. You mention a seam allowance- © 2008 - 2020 Craft Passion. http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-braided-rag-rug/2010/03/12/, Thanks for the link. Machine stitch the strips together at their ends to make extra-long strips. From there, replace the damaged material and braid them back together. I added a new color by sewing diagonally with the fabric placed right side to right side at a 90 degree angle, and trimming off the tiny corner. I didn’t think I braided it too tight. danye, Translation (by Google): I love this tutorial so much, it’s easy!! No part of the content (photographs, tutorials, articles, videos, etc..) on this blog may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission of Craft Passion. As you lace a braid onto the previous braid, continue laying the next braid beside the finished part. Do it on warp or weft direction of the bedsheet, not the bias. Luckily, it is easy to make a rag rug. I sew the ends together. Keeping it Flat. Tack stitch to secure all layers. I was anticipating sewing this mofo on the machine, but lo and behold, the dang braid was too thick to even think about squeezing under the presser foot. Needles and thread designed for upholstery work best. Hey I’m getting confused with the cutting of it and how it will be just one long strip, I read the step but I’m getting confused. You will need to control the tension as you roll and sew the braid, make sure the tension is loose enough so that it won’t curl. Since I did it a little different from them, here is my version, a versatile and strong rag rug that can be used for many years, just like my granny’s rag rug. Thanks for sharing this! How to Make a Pillow Out of a Button-Down Shirt, How to Make a Slipcover for a Queen Anne Sofa, CraftPassion: Recycle Tutorial: Braided Rag Rug, Holiday Crafts and Creations: Whip Stitch, How to Make a Scatter Rug From Recycled Denim. I would absolutely recommend against sewing together large strands and balling them up. In support of the Earth Hour campaign, I am going to spend the whole of March making recycle handmade and will switch off my lights for 1 hour on March 27, 8:30 pm. You can do it by hand, but I would definitely recommend doing it on your sewing machine. I am wanting to make some of these for my house. 2. Sew the braid with no overlap. This is the reason why I advise not to join the strips before braiding. Or had the tension wrong on my machine? GENIAL ESTE TUTORIAL !!!!!!!! Pin it to secure. Could you please tell me what size rug this makes. I’m green on my new sewing machine and didn’t know to make sure that the braid is coiled clockwise so that it doesn’t get bunched up as the rug gets bigger. Spread the seam open and sew a wide zigzag stitch over the seam to help it … From that point forward, I sew a few more strips on, finish the edges, braid a little, and sew the new lenth of braid onto the rug. It’ usually on the right-hand side of the zig zag. Hi Erica, it is all about tension. Make sure the raw ends of the center area cannot be seen from the front of your rug. Finishing the Rug. You will actually need 3 pretty long stripes in order to create a nice braided rug from them. Do you think this could work with old towels? Don’t worry about the frays, they will be gone in the next step. Because upholstery needles are thick and strong, you'll need to use a thimble to push the needle through the fabric. DESDE ARGENTINA TE MANDO UN BESO !!!!! Trim the legs around the seams. THIS TUTORIAL 4- Braided Rugs. The end of the existing strip goes through it as well. To sew many circles together, take the bottom of the rugs and put them next to each other. I saw this post and was inspired to make a rag rug of my own,I made one while in high school which I sewed together by hand. Practice the zigzag stitch on any leftover braids before you work on the rug itself. Across decades of American history, braided rugs, sometimes known as rag rugs, were popular for their versatility and frugality. Turned out very well. How to sew a fabric rug : Tutorial I started this rug as a bit of an experiment and with no plan to create a tutorial so please forgive me if the photos are a little cobbled together. I have such a soft spot for rag rugs. There is no sewing involved. Generally, the most straightforward sort of rug to make is the no-sew braided rag rug. Sew the strips together as you go. 4 sizes, age 3 & up, kids to adults. Giveaway (Mar): Tiger Plush Toys {Closed}. If you run out of thread, make sure you go back a bit and re-thread over the last part so that your stitches do not come out. Apr 14, 2013 - Looking for the perfect rug, in exactly the size your want. Purchased for another project, but changed my mind. Thanks. Hide the end. The rugs that I have from my mom are made of wool and are very neat and strong. It is possible to join two rugs together into a single, larger rug, particularly if the smaller rugs are rectangular or square in shape and of a similar size. I could not remember how Momma use to make her braided rugs from old sheets. Nov 27, 2020 - Explore Manon Sinotte-Sonmor's board "braided rug ideas" on Pinterest. I love country and this is just great! It’ll be loads faster. and I love rag rugs, my great grandma used to have them… they are so long lasting and just a memory for me… ty, i am going to make some!! Once I had braided a length of about 3 feet, I folded the braid in half and stitched the center together to create the center of my rug. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City. Snip and tear to the end. like it would be pleasant to stand on. Sew your rug. Let it dry, remove the nails and you have a proper flat rug. Thank you for sharing your crafts. Besides the exquisite top, you will have a scenic base with all the zigzags go around an oval… This makes the braided rag rug reversible, one stone two birds!!!! Coil the braid into a spiral shape, pin it together then sew to keep it all in place. There isn’t a need for a backing or to sew it on the machine. Begin a basic three-strand braid (Image 1). Would love your help .. This will help prevent the edges from turning up into a bowl shape and make it easier to keep stitching. I just did it anti-clockwise by nature, didn’t even think of the other way round. Sew the coil and edges together with linen thread tightly. was just wondering what size needle do you use to zig zag and what kind of thread, to sew the braided rug together? I never knew how she finished it though! HOLA !!!!!! Might have to try this……wondering if there are some old sheets in the linen closet???? Then open the rugs, now sewn together, so the back side is facing up. Paula. Love your instructions. I am a first time visitor and now a perment stalker lol I love this! I bet I have enough scrap material to make one these…and one of these days I just might get to it…Thanks for sharing! It’s how I learned to braid. I have about 3 or 4 feet so far but am noticing that when I lie it down it doesn’t sit very flat. I will send this back to my mum, she is going to love it!!!! My mom made these when I was a kid but she “crocheted” them. However, if you have the time and desire, there ‘is’ a way to ‘cure the curl’. You also want to make sure you are not braiding too tight. And, avoid any twist in the braid, it should be flat, just like when we braid the hair. Stitch the inside edge of the piece of braid you just coiled to the flat disc you've already sewn. Fold the braid approx 10cm (4") from the end, this will be the center of your rug. JOR …. Glad to know this Happy making ! A bunch of it waiting for tidying up. I love it, and I start to recycle … Relax and do not pull the braided stripes too tight while sewing. thats AMAZING. Do you think this could work with old towels? I only realize that going clockwise is going to have a problem when the rug gets bigger… thanks for sharing!!! Wash and dry your rug as you plan to for daily … Uncoil the damaged area and pull out the broken stitches. Complete! The curtain should do well too. Carefully remove the straight pins holding your coil together one at a time and use thread to sew the braided coils to one another. Run another length along the first, and then spiral the long braid around your original length, hand-sewing them together as you go. http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-braided-rag-rug/2010/03/12/, face mask sewing pattern & tutorial & video. Sew the braid under the base. So, get the sewing kit and start connecting the pieces! What does a rag rug have to do with hoop dance? 3. (don’t know why I was doing a counter clockwise coil anyway!). So it’s problematic when it skips every-other stitch, aka all the right-hand stitches, in a zig zag, because then it’s essentially just a straight stitch that only catches the left-hand braid. Also, did you use a special needle for your sewing machine to go through all those layers of fabric? And it will even perfectly match our decor!! You can find rugs in just about every room in the home, from kitchens to bathrooms, bedrooms to offices. Terrific directions & lovely pictures. I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing: 5- Body Cuts Lay the rugs one on top of the other, with the right sides facing in. Sew along at least 2 lines in parallel for longer lasting result. I know that I am way behind on this, but I just found you! Damaged stitches in a braided rug can pull apart the entire weave. Thread a heavy-duty sewing needle with sturdy polyester thread. Gently pull the strip until it goes all the way to the other side. I’m at a loss. My mom used to make these when I was a little girl. Place the braid at the center 6 squares width wide, coil and go around the first strip. Great idea. Once you have braided the rug to the desired width, you can sew the ends of the strips tucked into the underside of the braid. ME ENCANTO, YA ME PONGO A RECICLAR … Learn how to make a beautiful braided rug from your fabric scraps or worn out old clothing. Y QUE BUENO COMOCERTE! Don't forget to Subscribe to my channel!! Once you have sewn the two edges together fold the braid so it goes around the center. Yes, towels are fine If it is too thick to sew with machine, you will need to hand-sew them together. I have worked for several days on this and its frustrating. a big thank you c is great that it good idea I’ll try Any items for yarn !! I’ve thought about it and thought maybei was braiding it too tight? Hi Lydia, I braided quite firm on the strips but I didn’t have ripple problem so I would say that it could be your machine tension issue. The internet is full of different rag rug crafting guides. great rug, i love the complexity of it even though by looking at the steps its not that hard! The pictures are fantastic too as they really show how to d-i-y! While this project is easy to do, success depends on selecting the right materials - not just any area rug will work. Damaged stitches in a braided rug can pull apart the entire weave. My mum’s old bedsheets are quite tattered at the center part, so, I just utilized the area 1 to 1.5 feet from the edge. I have my doubts , If your machine can sew denim jeans, it should be fine for this . Make sure you line up the edge of the carpet first. Remove the safety pin securing your braid. When the braid is finished, the next step is to coil it into a round or oval rug and sew it together. The internet is full of different rag rug crafting guides. The tutorial is really very easy to follow and the best thing is .. it is practical enough to do…. Win-win!! If you’re on your way to make your first one, choose a tutorial that is for beginners. When sewing, did you use a larger stitch on the zig zag? This is the part that took FOREVER. Ready to sew mine onto base. You may try it without backing if you are fine with the thickness and sturdiness . Hope you will do so too . I do love this. This is great! Hide the head end of the braid when your rounding strip reaches there. You can always fudge the rest a little if needed. Uncoil the damaged area and pull out the broken stitches. Hoe would you estimate the time commitment on this rug? Iron the rug flat every time your bobbin runs out of thread. No particular reason to make them into balls. Decide if you want an oval rug or a circular rug. It’s lovely! I am glad to see your method! this would seem a lot…fluffier. Thanks for sharing it with your readers , Thanks, Fay. I save old clothes/anything we cant wear anymore . I just roll them up when I neaten up the stray threads coming off from the raw edges. My mom bought the wool strips from a catalog. Thank you! I am sure you are going to enjoy braiding the strips, just have to make sure you de-tangle as you braid to prevent messy work . hope you come back every now and then and check out my latest handmade and tutorial . You have so many really good ideas for reusing things, and not wasting them. Yes you may use straight stitch but you need to overlap each round a little more so that they get caught to the base better. Ha! It would be a piece of cake on the sewing machine though! From there, replace the damaged material and braid them back together. Tie the two ends of the thread together in a single overhand knot and snip off all but 1/2 inch of the excess thread with scissors. The first idea that came across my mind was rag rug, yes, with all these rotten bed sheets I can make lots of rag rugs. Make three of the extra-long strips. Oct 14, 2011 - Braided rugs are nice, but an interwoven braided rug is stronger. I’ll have to try this rug, loved the tutorial makes it look so easy to make. I used a variation of a blanket stitch and started in the middle, working my way around and out of the spiral. Lots of extra worth—my question is, do the ravels on the unfolded strips cause problems when you sew the braids on the sewing machine? I like the idea of making it all into yarn *a lot like shirt yarn, just cutting it and then pulling it taught until the edges curl*, and then using that yarn to crochet a rug. All the instructions I’d seen before called for folding in the long edges using a funnel shaped metal device, and then ironing the strips flat as they came out of the funnel. Ensure that needle and thread are suitable for the material chosen for your rag rug for strength. Area rugs are often sold in sizes that are not exactly the right size for your room or application. Thank-you so much for the wonderful tutorial! Do the same to the new strip. Hide the head end of the braid when your rounding strip reaches there. good one… I really liked the step by step detail provided.. m surely going to try it out. The good news is that they are not that hard to make and they make great, thrifty use of old sheets and fabric scraps. My dog just (accidentally) tore a big hole in my favourite sheet. Thanks. It could be slippery if you have tiled flooring, add anti-slip pad will help . The braids can be “laced” together with a large “needle” that can be bought. Thanks!! I like the idea but it seems a little more work to cut it, braid it, and then sew it all together. Lighter weight thread might not take the abuse a rug undergoes. I couldn’t bare to just throw it out as most of it is still like new. Do you turn the edges under the braid when you reach the edge? Select three strips of fabric of different lengths (very important). Today was my first visit here and I am IN LOVE! Anyone else have this trouble and figure out a solution? When I sewed this rug I was still using the basic sewing machine, if not mistaken, I used a jean-equivalent needle but with normal sewing thread. Could you please tell me what size rug this makes. (This was a tip I saw online, instead of having to braid the braids together, just glue it to a rubber rug mat and save yourself some time…) I ran out of drop cloths so then I just braided the green together until I ran out of that too and viola, I had half my rug done. Sew the strips together as you go. Just an estimation will do, if you don’t have enough, you can always braid again later. Check out how to make one yourself, using a crochet hook. Tug it a little to tighten up the joint. Rugs are designed to provide insulation, protect your floors in high traffic areas of your house and prevent falls due to slipping on surfaces such as wood and linoleum. Sew them with right sides together, and use a 1/2-inch seam allowance. I will make one for myself, I need one to comfort my feet too… I inherited this habit from her. When weaving the rug, I loop one strand through the side of the previous braid. Step 11 Lay down the next section of braid and connect it by sewing in the same way. and you have a new fan in me !! Start coiling the braid together tightly. Get the free face mask sewing pattern & tutorial & video on how to sew homemade fabric face mask, with pocket for filter & nose wire. Love these but can you tell me do they survive the wash well and do they slip under foot? You are braiding, remember, and the longer they are the more tangled they will get. Cut the fabric into long, 1 1/2-inch wide strips. 5- Body Cuts. Hope you will try it out. HELLO !!!!!! GENIAL !!!!!!!! Display the rug with the stitches face-up for a decorative touch. Start braiding till you come to an end of the strip. It made fairly chunky knots, but … Great tute for making a braided rag rug. i start with either 3 strands or 6. Step 2 – Determine Your Shape As you do, stitch the sides that are touching together. This kind of seam is used for binding in quilts also. OK guys, now this is more of a marathon than a sprint (although it is super quick) so I think we … For my project I used a slit-knotting. omg! Is it? I love this mat! For a more finished look, wrap the last braid with bias tape and sew in place. When coming to the end of a strip and need an extension, fold the end of the strip at about 1 -1.5″ from the edge, make a small slit vertically. Have some flannel that had been lying around forever. I used an ordinary sewing machine with a standard needle and left my braids slightly loose so they were not too think, I think this helped to avoid broken thead, needles and skipping stitched. My mum loves to rub her feet against the floor mat, so this should fit her right. Having boys, I always have to wash them and these would be washable!! Secure your thread at the bend and sew in a zig-zag along the edges of the braid. Arrange the strips to end at a different length so they don’t join at the same point and make the braid bulky. Great tutorial, I just retired a set of sheets and would hate to throw them out, they’re too dingy to give to the Goodwill. I can’t wait until it’s done! Everything else is easy for me to understand:). my blog is scrappingagoodlife.blogspot.com/ it was a positive link about you thanks again Paula, I love back links and thanks for introducing Craft Passion site to your readers , ok thank you so much , i have followed your directions and as of right now I am at a 23″ circle but I will make it oval when I am ready to stitch it together , thanks so much for putting this on here, I looked at quite a few different sites and found yours easiest to follow and understand I am so happy with my rug I am all daisies and sunshine tonight lol, Hi Paula, thanks for telling me, I feel so happy too , hello, Iam making arug now using your instructions but I have a question, why make the balls? you rock, i love that youre helping the erth HURRAY, for recycling! Making them into balls could prevent tangles too. After cutting or tearing the bed sheet into long strips, you need to braid the 3 strips to form the braided strip. Lay the rug flat as you work or it will take the form or a “hat”. Do you what tension I should apply for zigzag and width of the it? why not just keep the piles of strips? Prepare the base. I’ll be linking. I have a rather old sewing machine, do you think it would get through the thickness of fabric ? Start a basic three-strand braid (Image 2). An answer or response of any kind would be nice. When you get to the end of a strand, the ladies of time past, would either tie the ends together, or cut a slit in each end, then pass one end through the other and bring the strand through.There was “no” sewing involved at all. For an oval rug, measure a strip of braided material 12 to 14 inches long. My mom used Aunt Lydia’s very heavy thread. My great-great-aunt made them. They wear out quickly, however, and there's no guarantee that you'll find the perfect rug in a store. Then take one of the colors and sew the two rugs together tightly. I do not know how to make the square rugs yet. thanks for your help. This is the best & nicest one I have seen. I like their idea to braid the fabric strips and sew them into a rag rug. She knows that I love to recycle and able to make something good out from them. Then, press the rugs together to make them appear as seamless as possible. i’ve been searching and searching for directions like yours on how to do this technique. By doing this, … Wet your rug down good, add a little softener to your water. Lay each new coil beside the previous one and stitch only the edges of the braid together. Stack 3 strips and make a few stitches at the end. I had thought of making a rug to match but all of the tutorials for braided rag rugs are pretty much hand sewn and I do not have the time nor patience to sit and hand sew a 5’x7′ braided rug together. By braiding the rags just like you'd braid hair, you end up with a very long strip of fabric. See more ideas about diy rug, rag rug, braided rugs. Create the sections by braiding three pieces of material together much like you would braid hair. How to sew a fabric rug : Tutorial I started this rug as a bit of an experiment and with no plan to create a tutorial so please forgive me if the photos are a little cobbled together. Hello Excited to find a rag rug with machine sewing! Wrap the braid around the center once. That is all the sewing I do. Stitch the tail all the way around so it will lay flat and be hidden when you turn the rug over. Idk what to do. As I mentioned on page 1, it took me about 16 hours in total to complete this. A good winter project! I love yours recycle projects too , I love this tutorial, and I have wanted to make a rag rug for years! Rebecca. I can’t wait to make some!! I’ll send a pick when I’m done in a couple of months!! Coil the braid with the pieces laid next to each other and begin stitching from the center of the rug, holding the edges of the braid together tightly. I love this!! )When you get to the end,you have to put two strands through one loop to make the braid go around the corner. Then stretch it out on a good flat board and nail it into shape. I made 3 from different bedsheets so that I will get some pattern when I braid the strips. hello Im making your woven rag rug I got all the pieces cut out so do you really put 6 strands of fabric through each slit in the cardboard loom, Love have several braided can’t finish them because they curl thank you so much and I will put rubber pad under mine you are a life saver thanks so much, I am wondering if you can give more instruction on how you join the extenstion pieces. Secure the end by pinning it down with safety pin to somewhere you feel comfortable to work at. This is next on my list to do….I have always wondered how these are made…plus I alreay have a long strip of braided fabric just gathering dust….super excited…I’ll post a pic when I’m finished. I’m going to try it with some of my husband’s old uniforms. Keep braiding until you need to sew on another color. I picked up some sheets today and will be starting this weekend….can’t wait to see how it turns out. Best of all, they are all eco-friendly too! Love it, thanks for making it idiot proof. Lay a braid in the form that you want the rug to be – round or oval. un grand merci c est super qu’ elle bonne idée je vais essayer I place an old curtain at the bottom to further reinforce the rag rug, you can do without it if your bed sheet is not as tattered as mine. 4- Braided Rugs. Hope this help . OK, so the turning up of the edges is getting worse even though I’ve done what you mentioned…sewing it flat…making sure it isn’t tight…so I’ve given up and cut the back sheet off and am uncoiling until I have about 2ft by 2ft circled rug left to which I will start handsewing and continuing to add my braid. 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