I love winter. It’s my time to curl up in front of a fire, catch up on my reading, knit like a fool and craft madly. Every winter, I make a list of projects that I want to try for the year. A rag rug is on that list and here are some tutorials I found that I feel like I could do.
How to Make a Braided rug from Recycled Materials
Someday, I’d love to make a big one for my living room but I realize that’s quite ambitious. This winter, I plan to make a few small rugs using recycled materials.
This is a basic tutorial from Little House Living using old bed sheets to make a rag rug but does require a sewing machine. In the tutorial I’ve read in Amanda Soule’s Handmade Home, you can also use a curved needle and hand sew the braids together. A larger rug probably would not work with your sewing machine. In this tutorial on Instructables she had that very problem with her rug made from old t-shirts; so she hand sewed it together.
How to Make a Woven Rug from Recycled Materials
If you don’t have a sewing machine, this tutorial from Craft Passion about creating a no-sew woven rug is just for you. She uses strips cut in to a sturdy piece of cardboard as a basic loom.
Here’s another tutorial from Instructables that has an interesting weaving method that requires nothing but your fingers and some time to make a woven rag rug.
Want to do a little bit more intricate of a weave? This tutorial from Homestead Weaver uses a cross between a braid and a weave with 4 strips of fabric at a time.
I’ve also found several pictures giving me great ideas for gifts using these techniques!
Get that laundry under control so you have more time to be crafty! Here’s a book that will help:
What’s your favorite winter activity? Are you a crafter, a baker, a painter? Leave your favorite indoor winter activities in the comments!
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