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« on: September 07, 2004 11:25:13 PM »

The most time-consuming project that I've made in awhile is finished, and it really ties the room together!

I made it by cutting XXL thrifted t-shirts into long, 2"-wide spirals of yarn, braiding them up, and then stitching it all into a coil using nylon thread. This rug is about 3 x 5 feet, and used 9 or 10 t-shirts.

T-shirts rugs are a relatively lazy way to make braided rugs-- when you tug t-shirt yarn, it curls in on itself and hides its own edges (no need to fold or hem or use braid-helpers). But, the resulting rug is stretchy, and tends to get wrinkles when people walk on it. Oh, the plight of the lazy.

Next time I'll be less lazy about my materials and use strips of pants or something. BUT, I will compensate by braiding really fat braids so that I have less stitching up to do Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2004 12:20:37 AM »

it is so beautiful ..it makes me want to roll around on it!

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2004 09:29:33 AM »

i love those rectangular rugs. how do you make them?
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2004 09:37:59 AM »

That is an absolutely gorgeous rug. I don't know what the room looks like, but those colors are mesmerizing.

Do you think it would be possible to apply some of that slip-grip stuff (the kind you can buy in rolls at the dollar store) to the back of it to keep it from slipping? Hard wood floors + my clumsy self = an accident waiting to happen. I wonder if it would help it to lay down, too.

Now I want to make one. One more project to delay the rest of the world for a while.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2004 09:59:45 AM »

ugh! this place is killin' me... now I have to make a rug!
I like them both.

« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2004 10:14:56 AM »

I love that braided rug! I've always wanted to make rag rugs (since I was a wee one) and I never did.
I may have to try this!
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2004 05:51:13 PM »

hey, thanks folks.

quarkiegirl, to make the rug an oval (instead of a circle), you start by laying out a straight piece of braid and then coiling around it, instead of starting from a single center point. i ran across a formula on some braided rug site that said to subtract the desired finished width from the length to get the length of the center segment (e.g., for a 4x6 foot rug, start with a 2 foot center). i'm sure you could also lay out some kind of shape in the center, like a star or a heart! in my usual over-exuberance, i want to make another rug with multiple star-shaped centers.

metamurph, the anti-slip tape would probably be a good idea. i'm not sure how it would work with a stretchy rug, but it would probably help.

and i thought i'd post a pic of the rug doing its job, tying the room together Smiley


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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2004 07:05:17 PM »

Couldn't you cut out some fusible interfacing in that shape(a little smaller) and apply it to the back of the rug.  That would take care of the stretchiness, I would think.  Also, that would be a better bet with the no slip stuff.  I think the combination would work.  It's beautiful...I unfortunately should do homework rather than make pretty things.  I wish pretty things were homework!

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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2004 04:19:31 PM »

you know, an easy way to eliminate the stretchiness while still using the easy t-shirt yarn might be to run a piece of kitchen string through the center of each t-shirt yarn cable. the t-shirt fabric would wrap around it no problem, and the string would keep the stretch at minimum. i think i will try that!

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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2004 01:15:56 PM »

I envy you your floor.
Did the rug take a really long time?

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