Rags to Rugs is an ebook and a series on the Day to Day Adventures blog. If you would like to check out all the posts in the series(or get the ebook) then go to the main Rags to Rugs page to see the other 7 posts. This is #1 in the series so you are in the right place to get started!
Rug making is an old, old art.
The most amazing rugs are the ones American colonists made from scraps of old clothes, sheets and blankets.
America was young and everything was used and reused until it fell apart. Making rugs to warm floors also brought beauty to their homes.
REASONS to Make a Rag Rug
Design Your Own Rug
Sometimes you want a certain look for a room and the rugs you find at the store are not what you want or they are the wrong color. Unique rooms are enhanced by specially designed rugs.
Recycle, Use & Reuse
Fabric can be expensive, especially if you are on a rice and beans budget. But there are some places you can look for cheap fabric. Surprisingly I have found fabric on Craig’s List and at garage sales. Often people decide to make something and then don’t follow through so they sell the fabric when they are tired of storing it. Another source is to look for old sheets that still have life left in them. Ask your friends if they have old fabric they don’t want any more! In this project, I will be using some cute sheets that were found at Goodwill.
Your handmade rug will be a thing of beauty that lasts for a long, long time. This easy method may give you some family heirlooms to pass down to your family! You will be amazed at how many compliments you will get on your rugs made from scraps.
The reason is similar to #1 but this reason has more to do with using your talent for combining colors and the desire to create. It is a great outlet that provides you with something useful and functional as a finished product. If you love this type of project, you can make gifts and possibly sell your rugs as a business.
Current Project for me
I've been working on the prep for a new rug project this month and this has really lit the fire for me to share the process of rug making with my readers. My project is part winter blah therapy and part decluttering my fabric stash. Anyone else have that problem?
I've saved jeans for a long time and now I'm ready to get started on this rug!
Have you ever wanted to make your own rag rug?
I think many of you have thought about it! But perhaps you had no idea how to start or what you need to get started. It is SO simple. I would like to help make this possible for you.
I know that eight years ago when I sat with my daughter learning from an older woman at a craft booth I was amazed at how easy it really was to make a rug. And it's addicting! Once you get started you just want to put on a few more stitches and then a few more. . . .
Want more steps? Read on my friend!
Want all the steps to make a rag rug NOW? You can get an ad-free, printable .pdf for easy to follow instructions that you can take with you anywhere for just $5.
If you purchase the ebook, then you are getting more detailed explanations than the blog posts but if you want to make rugs for free then just be sure to visit each post!
A printed copy means you don't need to be on the internet to follow the directions.
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- Reasons to make a rag rug(this post!)
- How much fabric to make a Rag Rug?
- How long does will it take to make a Rag Rug?
- How to join fabric without sewing.
- How to make the base of your rug
- Add rows to the base of the rag rug
- Finishing a rag rug and basic rug care
- How do I get a needle?
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