If you have fabric scraps left over from your sewing projects but you don't want to waste them, you can use them to make a rustic-looking throw rug. There are several ways you can weave your fabric scraps to make a rug, and one of the easiest is to braid them. Braided rag rugs add a rustic feeling to your decor and the colors don't always need to match because they have been created from various fabric scraps.
Things You'll Need
- Heavy books
- Clothes pins
- Straight pins
Cut your scrap fabric into ½-inch wide strips. You need three 3-feet-long strips of fabric to start out with. If your scraps are shorter than this sew the ends together with a straight stitch at the ends to gain the proper length. Align the ends of the three 3-feet-long strips and sew the ends together with a straight stitch.
Clamp the sewn ends of the three strips in something that will hold it still while you work, like a clipboard weighed down by heavy books. Braid the strips in a standard braid. Pinch the braid with a clothes pin every 1 or 2 feet to help you keep the braid tight as you work. When you get to the end of the 3-feet-long strips, pinch the ends together with a clothes pin.
Cut and sew another set of three 3-feet-long strips. Sew the end of the new section to the end of the old section with a straight stitch. Repeat this step a second time to create three 9-feet-long strips. Working in 3-feet-long sections makes it easier to braid evenly because the strips won't get tangled as easily.
Remove the long braid from the clipboard after you've braided and attached all three sections. Lay the braid on the floor or a table and fold one end down 3 inches to begin the coil. Spin the end around so that the braid wraps around on itself. Secure the coils every 3 or 4 inches with a straight pin.
Sew the braided coils together, starting from the center. You don't need to sew continuously all the way around -- you can sew for 3 or 4 inches, skip 3 inches and then sew for another 3 inches. Don't skip any inches in the center, however, because the coils are smaller and they could unwind. When you get to the outside end of the coil, your fabric rug is finished.
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