I have long loved these rag rugs, but once I see the price tag I move away from them quickly.
I finally decided to make one! Here’s what you’ll need if you want to make one:
1 rollie pollie of Riley Blake Fabric
4 yards of some plain coordination fabric (I think it would be fun to get 2yds of one color and 2yrds of another)
a rotary cutter
needle and white thread
Begin by cutting your 4 yards of fabric into 2.5″ long strips. Yes this is a lot of cutting but if you have the rollie pollie you are saving a bit of cutting.
Take three of your fabric strips, layer them on top of each other and sew a stitch across the top.
Are you ready to get your braid on? Take your sewn strips and tack them down on something with at safety pin. Begin loosely braiding your strips together.
Once you are at the end of your fabric you will need to add another strip of fabric to continue on. To do this you will need to:
Fold over the bottom 1.5″ of each of the strips.
Snip a small vertical line into each piece of fabric.
Take the three pieces of fabric you’d like to attach, and snip the same hole into those strips.
Layer the attachment piece to one of the braided pieces, lining up the hole.
Take the bottom of the new piece and slide it through both holes from behind.
This will create a knot.
Repeat with each piece of fabric and then continue braiding.
You will continue to attach each remaining strip of fabric this way until you are finished. Sew the ends together like you did the beginning.
Now to sew the rug together.
Grab your needle and thread (heavy duty thread is probably the best option for this). Begin by coiling your braids together, a little at a time, and hand stitching them to each other. I found it was easiest to make sure that my braids were laying flat. They do seem to twist a bit so just fix it as you go.
Make sure you place your rug on a flat surface otherwise it will start to curl up leaving you with more of a bowl than a rug.
Once at the end, make sure you tuck your end under and into the rug so it is hidden.
So there you have it. A fun rag rug. Now don’t you feel domestic? I sure did once I was done!
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