How to Make Braided Rag Rugs

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Use Rags to Create a One-of-a-Kind Floor Covering.

An inexpensive and fun way to add throw rugs to decor is to make braided ones out of rags. It’s a great way to upcycle less-than-perfect sheets or curtains rather than adding them to a landfill. If you don’t have enough material laying around, then hit up a thrift store for old bedding.

Turn your fabric into strips by cutting with scissors or, even easier, by cutting a notch then tearing the material. Make your strips about 1 1/2 inches wide.

Take three strips and knot them at the end, then secure it to something substantial so you can pull on the strips to make a tight braid.

BraidingStripsRug

Image: Inhabitat

To make a circular or oval rug, you will need a very long braid. This means you’ll have to stitch strips to the end of the braid and keep going until you get it long enough for the size rug you want.

You can hand stitch the coil with needle and thread or …

CoilingStripsRug

Image: Inhabitat

… you can use a sewing machine. Set it on a large and loose zigzag stitch.

SewBraidRug

Image: Little House Living

Making a rectangular rug is a bit easier because you don’t need to have one really long and continuous braid. All you need to do is make rag braids of equal length, lay them side by side, and stitch them up. For more details, check out either link below.

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Source: Inhabitat and Little House Living

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