Braided rag Rugs
January 10, 2013 by Crystal Rayne
Projects & Recipes
Today I decided to try my hand at starting a braided rag rug. In some of the clothing a relative gave me this past fall, there was a bunch of skirts and pants made out of polyester. Not things I normally wear out here in the woods. I have wanted to make a braided rug for a while so I figured why not? gives me a break from working on the recycled plastic bag garden mats & latch hook t-shirt rug. Here is how it went today.
First Orthos & I laid out the clothing and colors I wanted to work with. So far I have 2 skirts & 1 pair of pants braided up into this rug.
Next was to cut the fabric into strips 2 to 3 inches wide. Then I took the pile of stripes, divided them evenly into 3 groups and started sewing the strips end to end. I ended up with 3 strips about 30 feet long each. Time to braid!
I pulled out an old garment rack and 2 clothes pins. Grabbing an end of each of the 3 strips, I tied them in one knot. Taped it to the garment rack and started braiding.
Once of the clothes pins I use to hold the braid so it does not untie on me while I am letting more fabric out.
The second clothes pin was used to pin up the length as the braid grew.
To keep the strips from getting all tangled up, I wrapped them around my hand and slipped a rubber band over them. I just let out more fabric as needed and never got a knot as I went.
This is how the rug looks so far. it is about 2 feet in diameter, which is nowhere near big enough. Tomorrow I go back to cutting up old clothing to add in to the rug. To make this project, it is pretty simple. There are a few ways to finish the rug off. One is to needle & thread, sew around your rug as you roll the circle. I am cheating and will be using a fabric glue & a different piece of fabric, cut to rug size when it is finished, and glueing that as a bottom mat. Either way will work. So pull out your old clothing, bedding or hit a second-hand shop and get your braiding on.