*This is a picture of a woven rag rug. By looking closely one can see the tell-tale “over, under, over, under” pattern of the warp with the weft.*

Many patrons have enjoyed our ongoing series, Scrap Crafts.  In this program we utilize numerous books from our nonfiction section to create and explore accessible art and handicrafts. As we all stay at home we have continued this series virtually and will occasionally post tutorial posts so that you too can use to try out a new skill.

Project: A Braided Rag Rug

Description: Learn to use up your scraps of fabric or old clothing. 

Materials To Gather:

  •  Long scraps of fabric, about an inch wide (although this can be customized by you later)
  • Either:
    • A thick needle, such as tapestry needle if you want to braid in your rug pieces
    •  A sewing machine if you want to sew your long braids together.
  • Optional: When we reopen you can check out our Braid Master Kit from our Library of Things. It includes these items. This would allow you reduce the work required to fold and hide any ragged edges.

Instructions:

  •  A Sewn Braided Rug
    • If you want to use large balls of scraps, or different materials I suggest you create a braided rug that you sew together. First, sew together 3 strands of fabric then proceed to braid them together in a very long braid. Add strands to each piece as needed. When completed, use your sewing machine to stitch you long braid into an oval or circle. Use a thick needle and go slow with a zig zag stitch.
  • A Woven Braided Rug
    • If you, instead, have a few scraps of similar stretch and pliability (such as strips of old tee-shirts) try the braiding in, no sewing method for creating a rag rug. This video tutorial provides a clear explanation and close-up of the process of turning a stand-alone 3 part braid into an ongoing 4 strand braid that continually adds to the outer ring of your rug.
  •  Arrange your finished rug over a sticky surface or apply rug backing to ensure a slip-free service.

Placement:

Place where it needs to go. Enjoy!

Remeber there are many different types of rag rugs. The strategies explained above are different than tee-shirt, punched, locker stitch, latch, potholder and woven rugs, which will be highlighted in other classes. In the meantime, be sure to check out some other rug tutorials on Creative Bug.