After greater than a yr spent at house and with spring in full swing, chances are you’ll be feeling the urge to brighten your area with a bit redecorating. Enter rag rugs, flooring covers comprised of scrap materials, that are a straightforward, low-budget craft that may cheer up any room utilizing supplies you in all probability have already got at house. They have the additional benefit of upcycling previous textiles which will in any other case find yourself in landfills.
These rugs are often made with leftover or worn-out scraps of cloth, that are crocheted, braided or woven collectively. The crocheting and braiding strategies require some technical information (like the power to crochet or sew), however you’ll be able to simply study to weave a rag rug with no prior expertise. By making a primary loom out of a big piece of cardboard and utilizing strips of previous bedsheets or clothes, you may make a rug in your kitchen, rest room or lounge very quickly.
Most materials can be utilized to make a rag rug, though it is best to keep on with the identical material sort for the whole rug. If desk settings are extra your type, you’ll be able to even scale down the mission to weave place mats or coasters as an alternative.
Make your loom:
1. Cut vertical notches, one inch aside, alongside the shorter sides of the cardboard, ensuring that they’re aligned. Each notch needs to be about one-and-a-half inches deep.
Prepare your material scraps:
1. Start by reducing the material into strips about one-and-a-half inches large. Cut the material lengthwise to get the longest strips potential. Be certain to chop off any seams and to trim stray threads.
2. Once you’ve got just a few strips of cloth, begin knotting them collectively. An simple and safe technique to knot the material is to chop a one-inch slit a few half-inch from the tip of a strip. Repeat with a second strip. Stick the tip of the second strip via the slit within the different strip in order that it stands out about three inches. Now seize the tail of the second strip and pull it via the slit. Pull each items of cloth tight to make a knot. Repeat as wanted. (You will need two lengthy items of cloth, maybe in contrasting colours, for the warp and the weft.)
Make your warp:
1. To create the warp, the taut material on the loom that you’ll weave via, push a strip of cloth into the primary notch on the cardboard. Leave about six inches of cloth hanging off the again aspect of the cardboard as a tail.
2. Pull the remaining material down the cardboard, and push it into the alternative notch. Wrap across the again aspect of the cardboard, and proceed to the following notch on the cardboard. Repeat till you’ve got threaded your material via the entire notches. The material needs to be stretched tight, like guitar strings.
3. Leave a six-inch piece of cloth hanging off the again aspect of the cardboard as a tail. You could have two tails on the again aspect of the cardboard.
1. Leave about three inches of cloth hanging off the aspect of your loom, then thread your weft, the material you’ll weave via the warp, underneath the primary thread of the warp, over the second thread after which underneath the third, repeating the sample. Repeat the method till you’ve got reached the tip of the warp. To hold your weave tight, push the weft to the highest of the warp threads, so it’s flush in opposition to the cardboard notches.
2. Weave your means throughout the cardboard in the wrong way and hold pushing the weft flush to the material above it to maintain the weave tight.
3. Weave your scrap material via the loom till it’s full. Leave a three-inch-long tail at this finish, then reduce your material.
1. Take your three-inch tails of cloth and pull them via the loops on the perimeters of the rug to safe them.
2. Turn the loom over in order that solely the warp threads are displaying. Cut throughout the center of the warp threads, so as to take away them from the notches within the cardboard.
3. Take the rug off the loom. Set the rug down fastidiously, and beginning at one finish, tie the highest two warp items collectively. Continue down the aspect of the rug, creating fringe. This is what is going to safe your rug, so take care to make the knots tight.
4. Trim the fringes on both finish of the rug to your required size. Your woven rag rug is full.