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« on: May 26, 2005 06:51:11 PM »

I wana make an area for my bedroom .. does neone know how I would go about doing this???
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2005 06:56:32 PM »

alot depends on what kind of rug you want to make--I've made a few out of seatbelts-very durable. You could also make a rag rug or reconstruct some old ones.
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2005 01:21:02 AM »

For a really cheap and easy rug, go down to your local carpet salesman and get a book of carpet samples (for free). Arrange them to form a patchwork design of squares, then cut the binding off the internal sides (IMPORTANT: Do not cut the external bindings that will make up the outside edges of the rug - you'll need these to stop the rug from falling apart). Place your design face down and use gaffer to stick the samples together (on the back of the rug). Voila!

If you want to make a rag rug (which I WILL do one of these days Smiley ), check out your local library for inspiration and books on the subject.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2005 06:01:38 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2005 09:26:14 PM »

you can cut carpet samples or remenents (sp?)  for bigger pieces and 'glue' them together with a special tape and iron for carpet seams.  i had to do this once to connect regular carpet invisibly, but you can do it intentionally and make your own patchwork design. cut carpet from the backside with a utility knife. you can rent the iron and buy the tape from the carpet shop and definitely check out remenent pieces, they are way cheaper and often great.  also you can get wool carpet in small pieces for a good price and then you'll minimize the effects of off-gassing from plastic carpets and wool is biodegradable as well. last you will probably want to sew a binding around the outside edge using a heavy cotton tape or ribbon.

 
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2005 09:38:59 PM »

So carpet stores really give the sample books away for free?  Has anyone asked for one before?
Because this really sounds like a cool idea which I'd love to try.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2005 09:44:02 PM »

they will generally give away samples for rugs that have been discontinued, so if they don't have any they can give you, ask when you might come back to check again...
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2005 02:06:08 PM »

You can paint a painters fabric drop cloth with paint, just make sure it is stapled to an old board or something so when it dries it will dry flat, then you can hand stencil or glue fabric to it  make it look like a pattern on it. Then seal with diamond finish sealant. These are really durable and you can do whatever decor you want with them. They also come in really large sizes as well so if you needed to do a larger room you could.
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2005 03:46:56 PM »

I've always had to buy samples. They usually cost around $2-3 each, so if you have to buy them, it wouldn't be a very economical rug. Can you latch hook something that big?? You could do a braided rag rug. Take rags, braid, braid, braid, add in new strips as you need them until you have a ginormous braid. The wind it around itself in an oval or circle, and sew together.
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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2005 11:06:33 PM »

My mom and I went to get excess carpet from a store one time and they were charging alot. Instead we ended up getting a ton of free carpet by asking carpeting people who we drove by while they were working at someone's house. I think they usually throw away scraps that arern't "big enough" for them to sell. If you know anyone recarpeting their home or ever happen to drive by it's a good way to get some free carpet. Smiley
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