lovesclutter--I sure wish I could help. Good luck.
Here's my latest finished UFO. My husband almost exclusively wears twill pants (think Dockers). About 10 years ago I started cutting up the old ones into 3" strips. So I had a few. This month I sewed all the black and blue strips together very randomly, cut that into thirds, and threw it all into a bag in the car to braid while I waited. I finished the braiding on Friday. It was about 69 feet long. Yesterday afternoon I laced it into a rug, about 36" across. I didn't do a proper finish on it because I'm trying to convince myself that I will add to it as I get more pants.
I'm not thrilled with it, and some of it looks decidedly awkward, but it's serviceable.