Rug made out of Rags

Scraps, rags, whatever you have got left around

by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)

This project shows you how to recycle these fabric leftovers to create beautiful rugs.

What you need

Strips of fabric (scrap, rags, etc)
Needle and thread
Straight pins


Using scraps I had on hand I cut them into strips and started playing with techniques and going through the process of figuring it out. I didn’t want just long strips sewn together (like you see a lot of times in mass produced, store bought braided rugs). My first attempt, as I figured out what worked best ended up being a coaster. I started with sewing the ends together then braided the strips into each other as I moved outward in a circle.

I started a collection of scraps from other sewing projects and discarded clothes and rag cut into strips to be used in rugs, organizing them by color.

It’s given me a great outlet to use scraps of fabric, lace, & ribbon as well as recycle old and otherwise discarded rags (old, worn, torn clothes, towels, etc).

At the last camp I worked at I had a lot of quiet evenings in the middle of nowhere. It gave me a lot of time to work on my own projects and rug making was a nice one for that.

They have also proven to make some great gifts. It’s kind of cool to see the rugs being used and decorating the homes of friends and family that have them. I have a stack right now waiting to find homes.

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