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From: Mom of Six
Date: 12-01-2006, 07:48 PM (1 of 7)
Does anyone know where I can find instructions for making a braided rug out of fabric strips? I tried google & found 1 site but all the rest were just selling rugs, etc. I need fairly simple instructions since I just thought about this & would like to finish 1 or 2 for Christmas.
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From: Pudge99
Date: 12-02-2006, 01:59 AM (2 of 7)
Don't know nothing about braided rugs but I have begun a few crochet rugs. try searching rag rugs. You'll get a lot more hits.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 12-02-2006, 07:43 AM (3 of 7)
thanks! I'll try that.
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From: Jeke
Date: 12-02-2006, 10:15 AM (4 of 7)
We were doing some braided rugs out of fabric strips at a family reunion this summer. I will try to get ahold of my sister-in-law to see if there were instructions written down or if they were just remembering the way their grandmother did it.

I'll let you know what I find out.

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From: Bama
Date: 12-02-2006, 11:56 AM (5 of 7)
I remember making one when I was a teenager. (long time ago so bare with me while I think about how I did it :wink: )
An older lady told me how to make them then. You tear fabric strips. The width depends on how thick you want your braids. Seems like mine were about 2 inches wide. Tack 3 together at the top and start braiding. The strips just bunch up as you braid them. If you don't want the fraying to show, fold the edges inside as you braid.
When you have a good length of braid, start coiling it into a circle, oval, or whatever shape you want. Hearts would be pretty too. Mine was a circle. Get a needle and thread and stitch the coil together on the back side at it coils. When my braids started running out, I sewed on more fabric strips and braided more length to it. When the rug is the size you want, tuck under the ends and stich down.
I don't know if there is a better way to do them. It's just the way I was shown by an elderly lady who learned it from her mother. There might be a way to stitch the coils together by machine.
After that I learned to do crocheted rag rugs so I didn't make another braided one. They are very pretty tho. I might try one again now that you've mentioned it. :bg:
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From: beachgirl
Date: 12-03-2006, 12:58 AM (6 of 7)
That's the way my Grandmother did it and they really hold up great. My daughter in-law made some useing what they call the toothbrush. I think that is crocheted. I like the old way myself.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 12-03-2006, 05:52 AM (7 of 7)
Thaks everyone I think as soon as I get my sewing done I am going to start making strips with some twill I have in my stash. I need something to do while watching TV so I don't eat.
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