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Project 27: Progress

July 26, 2011



Rag rug progress

This rag rug is coming along slower than I thought it would. Last week I happily cut up a few of my old t-shirts and braided them together to make a long rope. The last step is to sew them into a coil, and I predict this is where I will be for a while. It’s not easy to get a needle through all of those layers! I’ve bled for this project several times now and it’s not remotely close to big enough to replace my bathmat. I’ll persevere, though, and one day I will have a nice, cushy rag rug and more space in my t-shirt drawer.

Photo by me, scissors for scale.




Project 27: Inspiration

July 19, 2011

Photo by Stephanie

Making a rag rug has been on my project list all year, but two things happened recently that caused it to move up on my priority list. The first is that I collected bags full of old t-shirts to bring to a reuse event at MakerFaire but didn’t get them to the person who was taking them in time. The second is that this photo by Stephanie of A Common Thread showed up on one of the craft blogs I read. Isn’t it amazing? I’m half tempted to go rip up a comforter and just recreate it.

I started ripping up my t-shirts last night and am on my way to having a tidy collection of rags for this rug. I’m leaning more toward braiding than knitting at this point, but who knows what I’ll decide by the end of the week?

Photo by Stephanie at A Common Thread


Project 27: Rag Rug

July 18, 2011

Rag Rug by MadebyMelody

I was so inspired by all of the great booths at MakerFaire:NC but the woman making rag rugs really caught my attention. I wish I could remember her name! She showed me her technique for cutting rags and displayed her beautiful knit rugs. I had never considered knitting them before.

This week I’m going to cut up some old clothes to make rag strips and then turn them into a rug. We really need to replace our bathmat so hopefully I’ll have enough rags to make a rug that size. Whether I’ll braid it, knit it, or crochet it I don’t know yet.

Have you ever made a rag rug?

Photo by MadebyMelody on Flickr