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maamtastic
« on: September 12, 2003 02:23:33 PM »

Hi!
I need rug ideas.  I am not all that skillful and have basically NO money but my apartment cries, "rug me!"  It has to be somehow cleanable and not dangerous for kids.  Oh, and wool-free.  Does anyone have any experience with this?
I was thinking of somehow painting or dying some kind of drop cloth or tarp but don't really know how or whether it would be washable.
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2003 06:03:53 AM »

I love the drop cloth idea!  You just "mitre" the edges by folding them under (use Steam-A-Seam) to seal them down.  Paint away and then varnish, varnish, varnish!!!

Anothere super simple idea is to buy lots of cheap straw placements and connect them all together with one little stitch or so.  Be sure to use an anti-slip thing under the rug though!

Another thing you can do is to latchhook shredded t-shirts together and get a shagadelic look.

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2003 02:34:37 PM »

I know this isn't "crafty" advice, but...

You could check out InterfaceFlor- they are these rug tiles, and they are awesome.  You can buy a "Rug in a Box" and a "Room in a Box".  You can also just buy individual tiles and mix and match colors...

I believe the website is
www.interfaceflor.c om

As for floor cloths, here is a site that has some instructions for one using Wallies, wallpaper cutouts (so you don't have to be a good painter!) http://www.wallies.com/projects/canvascloth.cfm

But- you could take these instructions ans just paint on the canvas, and as long as you seal it with several costs, you should be able to mop it with soapy water.  


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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2003 03:59:28 PM »

Oh my goodness, I'm in love with this interfaceflor site!  I totally need this -- great find!
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2003 05:18:09 PM »

I had been thinking about getting a new rug, and the cool thing about interfaceflor is that they send free samples, and I ended up with a whole bunch of small little carpet samples that I can do something crafty with even if you don't use them for a rug.
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2003 11:47:39 AM »

OMG.  flor looks perfect, uh, if we can manage to cough up the cash.  Hmmmm, I am really after something machine washable.  Are dropcloths washable if they aren't varnished?
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2003 11:15:45 AM »

Layne,
I don't know if the dropcloths are "washable", but with plenty o' varnish, they are certainly wipeable!

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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2003 12:26:06 PM »

Cool!  That will be just the thing for under the dining table.  Wipable is key there!
thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2003 06:52:32 AM »

Heidi from mypapercrane.com has some instructions "adapted" from martha stewart that might make sense if you have kids, and probably have old clothes around.

http://www.mypapercrane.com/indexDIYrug.html

it seems farily simple and just requires the ability to braid and make simple stitches for reassurance. it also helps you clean out your closet!
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2003 09:38:30 AM »

WOW!  you are psychic!
I was just looking at rag rug instructions this morning and getting discouraged because I had sewn all our old clothes into a quilt, but I had never even thought of usinf old towels and sheets!  I have a whole new source of rags!
And the best part is that I have wanted a rag rug for the living room for ages.  So as soon as we get moved in (probably febrauary) to our new home, I am going to town on those.  I'd do it now but I have to finish the quilt first.  OMG.  You are beautiful.  You just made my wish come true.  I will post pictures this spring.
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