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« on: January 22, 2004 11:20:13 AM »

I'd like to make a braided rug, and it sounds self explanatory, I was just wondering if its really that simple?  Has anyone made one?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2004 08:41:39 PM »

Has anyone made one?  I have a ton of crappy fabric scraps and wondered what to do.  Then i thought of this but cant seem to fin a website teaching me something that seems oh so simple but probably isn;t.

« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2004 04:37:20 AM »

Awesome!  Thanks!  I didn;t use the search button until after I posted this so I guess i know for next time to look before asking.  I'm lazy.

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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2004 05:54:13 PM »

Many months ago MS Living had instrucions for making rugs out of old towels, etc.  i kept it for a awhile, then realized i don't know how to braid. (embarassing, but true.) Anyway, I threw out the article. Now, i need a new bathroom rug, and my old bathrobe is looking like a pretty good candidate for the job. did anyone else save the article, or can anyone point me to some simliar instructions? Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2004 06:14:10 PM »

My sister does rug hooking.. and ive been badly wanting to learn.. id be interested in learning about this, too. Smiley
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2004 06:17:51 PM »

hmmm...I think I have the instructions for this.  I'm pretty sure its in one of my MS kids or baby mags.  I'll check.  pretty simple though, if I remember right...

Cut towels into strips (don't know how wide though).
sew end to end to make long strips (you can do this as you go along)
sew three stips together at one end, and then start braiding.  When you have enough braided, you just start wrapping them, and stitch them together to make a circle.

I'll look for better instructions, though.  And, to braid...three strands connected together, and held down some in some way (like taped to a table, or tied to something).  Then just do right strand over middle, left strand over middle, right strand over middle, left strand over middle, etc etc.  Just hold it pretty tight, or the braid gets all loosey goosey.
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2004 06:34:03 PM »

Here...I found these instuctions on the MS boards...couldn't find the feature article on it, and since this looks pretty much what would be in the mag, I haven't looked for that yet.  If you want me to still, I'm sure I can find it.  I've wanted to try this also.  Maybe someday! 

everything in color is a c&p

cotton bath towels (we used lime, celery, and white)
cutting mat (optional)
rotary cutter
nylon thread
curved apholstry needle or Braidkin

how to make a basic terry-cloth rug:
1.) Cut towels into 1 1/2" wide strips.
2.) Fold a strip in each color lengthwise into thirds to prevent fraying. Stitch together ends of the three folded strips to secure.
3.) Tightly braid folded strips to form ropes.
4.) With selvage overlapping, slice three new strips to end of rope using a whipstitch, then continue braiding. Repeat until all strips have been sliced and braided into one long rope. Stitch end to secure.
5.) Shape rug by coiling on a flat surface.
6.) With the bottom up, and starting at one end of the coils center (or at center point if rug is circular), tie thread through one strand of the braid.
7.) Loop that thread through your needle, and hold the rug flat as you stitch ropes together, catching every strand and stitching in a zig-zag motion as you work you way around the coils. Keep stitches hidden and close together. When you are finished, flip rug over to top side.

There is a workbook on page 184 for other rug designs. If the cicle design is not the one you wanted write back and I will write instructions for the one you want. Other choices are "striped rectangular rug", "concentric-circle rug", "multicolored round rug", "white round rug", and "tri-colored oval rug". 

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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2004 12:45:47 PM »

I was looking for the instructions for the rectanglar rug in paticular. Striped is fine, I'm sure I could adapt it. Sorry it took so long to respond! oh, and what's the "workbook" that's referred to in the last message? Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2005 05:04:29 PM »

Okay, so this is my first post, yay Cheesy.  Does anyone else do this?  I just started.  I went to a class got the basics and now I am stuck.  What happens when I turn for the second time?  Do I need to braid the right one more than twice?  Also when lacing the braids and run out of thread (actually hemp), can I just tie another one on?  Any other tips would help.  Thanks.

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