This week I got fed up with all the dirt that's been coming in our back door. I’m happy that the kids are playing outside a lot more lately, but they (and the dogs) bring a lot of dirt in every time they walk through the door. I was about ready to break down and buy another rug but then I realized I could simply make a big rag rug with the room full of fabric I have been stashing.
My rug is rectangular with a fabric base like Pamela's but about twice as big (lots of space to cover). The base is a 60'' wide piece of upholstery fabric that I didn't know what else to do with.
I ripped up lots of fabric for this. I estimate about 20 yards. I know, that's a lot. But I needed to do some stash busting anyway to make room for the new collections, right?
The one thing that neither of those tutorials tells you is how wide to cut your strips for braiding, so I'll tell you how I cut them: my hand's width. Yes, that's how I measured while watching TV and braiding, braiding, braiding. Each of my braids used 6 strips. I started with three and then attached 3 more using the round rug joining technique technique.
I sewed them all to my base fabric with long stitches on my Juki. Can you believe it sewed through all those layers with no problem at all? Like butter! You can read my review of my new Juki 2010Q here. If you don't think your machine could handle this, you could use glue like Pamela or zig-zag stitch without the base like Vanessa. Of course I used a heavy needle - 16/100.
It got big and really heavy by the end... but it's a 5' rug!
If you try making a rug like this, I hope you show me by posting a picture to Instagram and tagging me @sewcanshe!