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« on: August 27, 2006 08:31:18 PM »

My bathroom is a very odd size and shape so I've given up on purchased rugs.  I'm attempting to make my own using some towels, some fabric, and some other bits.  Anyone have any suggestions before I get all crazy with the scissors?  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2006 07:07:22 AM »

Oooo, I saw a cute picture in a magazine a few months ago of a bath matt made of an old towel, batting and some fabric scraps. For the small size they cut/folded the towel in half and put batting in the middle and quilted the whole thing together. Then they used the fabric scraps (cut into squares) to create a 3-4 inch border around the whole thing. I'm sort of a novice at quilting so I'm not sure how exactly to assemble the whole thing properly. The picture sure was cute though!

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2006 07:45:34 AM »

i saw this thing on either "that's clever" or "crafters coast to coast" or diy network or something. anyway this chick cut 1" width strips of towels and braided them together to get one long braid. then she spiraled it and sewed it together. i'm horrible at explaining, i'll go look for it. haha, i found it! http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_home_accessories/article/0,1789,HGTV_3255_3237181,00.html she made it in a circle, but i think you could manipulate it to any shape/size you wanted. hope that helps.

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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2006 05:09:23 PM »

for other shapes you ussually do some double wraps as your braid the rug (google how to make em) so they curve right, otherwise at first they  will have a problem layign flat.   

Just make sure you are using stuff where the colors wont bleed.  I have a white rug that used to be in my bathroom that had red stitching on the bottom (I have no idea why, as you couldnt see it...), and the red dye ran and stained the rug so it looked like someone had bled all over it!

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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2006 06:30:48 PM »

why not try latchhooking a rug yourself?

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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2006 07:49:35 PM »

With the braided rug idea, I started making a braided rectangle rug for my bedroom out of calico. Just make enough braids to get your width in your desired lenght and handsew them together (I used crochet cotton for extra strength).  Sadly I got distracted and never finished it.
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2006 08:31:28 PM »

You could crochet/knit a rug out of fabric strips.  Those always end up so cute. 

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