By Caitlin Wilson & Rebecca Martin
Old bed sheets from thrift stores make great rag rugs because they’ll be nearly identical in weight and easy to tear into strips. Fabric strips about 4 feet long are the easiest to work with. Choose yarn that’ll stand up to wear because it’ll be the only thing holding your rug together.
Tools and Supplies
Step 1: Pick up three fabric strips and lay them on top of each other. Step 2: Use a pair of scissors to taper the sewn ends so you end up with a blunt point in the center. Tapestry or yarn needle.
Make as much braid as you need for the entire rug in one long piece, maintaining the same tightness throughout the braid to keep the braids from unraveling. You can braid several yards, stitch that length into the beginning of a rug, and then continue braiding. To make an oval rug, turn the braid a quarter turn.
How do you sew a braided rug by hand?
Sewing by hand
- Stitch the edges of the coiled braid together with a backstitch or whip stitch, making another stitch approximately every inch.
- Coil one end of the braid in on itself on a flat surface, making a flat disc similar to a drink coaster.
How do I keep my braided rug from curling?
When sewing your braid together, leave enough extra braid around any curves in the rug to prevent it from curling up like a bowl.
How much fabric do I need for braided rug?
For flannel weight material, the general rule of thumb is that you’ll need about 1 yard for every square foot of braided area; for example, if you’re braiding a 2×3 rectangular rug, multiply the length (3) by the width (2) to get 6 square feet.
How do you make a braided wool rug?
- I used a T-square, rotary cutter, and cutting mat to create long wool strips 2.5″ wide.
- Step 2: T Start.
- Step 3: Lacing Braids Together to Create the Rug.
- Step 4: Rug Progress Photos.
- Step 5: Rug Finishing.
- Step 6: Pillows!
- Step 7: Final Ensemble Plus Historical Photos.
Why is my rug curling up?
Many rugs curl at the edges due to too much tension in the foundation strings, which is usually due to the tension not being adjusted properly in certain areas during the rug’s construction. A thick pile rug that is tightly woven is more susceptible to curling.