My mum threw me 2 bundles of old bedsheets she found during spring cleaning. She knows that I love to recycle and able to make something good out from them. In support of the Earth Hour campaign, I am going to spend the whole of March making recycle handmade and will switch off my lights for 1 hour on March 27, 8:30 pm. Hope you will do so too 🙂
The first idea that came across my mind was rag rug, yes, with all these rotten bed sheets I can make lots of rag rugs. I stumbled upon some rag rug tutorials before, and this one from Moda Bake Shop’s really caught my attention. I like their idea to braid the fabric strips and sew them into a rag rug. Since I did it a little different from them, here is my version, a versatile and strong rag rug that can be used for many years, just like my granny’s rag rug.
I love the touch of this braided rag rug….. it is rough!!! My mum loves to rub her feet against the floor mat, so this should fit her right. I will send this back to my mum, she is going to love it!!!! I will make one for myself, I need one to comfort my feet too… I inherited this habit from her.
Let’s go and see how I make this 22″ x 16″ oval shaped braided rag rug 🙂
Recycle Tutorial: Braided Rag Rug
1.Old bedsheets (3 king-size should be enough to make 3 rag rugs)
3. Pencil and ruler
4. Safety pin and pin
5. Sewing machine and threads
Mark the edge of the old bedsheet, 1″ apart. Snip and tear to the end. Do it on warp or weft direction of the bedsheet, not the bias.
My mum’s old bedsheets are quite tattered at the center part, so, I just utilized the area 1 to 1.5 feet from the edge. I saved up the center part to make the base for the rag rug.
Secure the end by pinning it down with safety pin to somewhere you feel comfortable to work at. I pinned it on my ironing board. The curtain should do well too.
Start braiding till you come to an end of the strip.
Arrange the strips to end at a different length so they don’t join at the same point and make the braid bulky. Cut the length if necessary.
Loosen up the other ends when they get tangled up. This is the reason why I advise not to join the strips before braiding. The short length is easier to loosen up.
Prepare the base.
Fold the centerpiece of the leftover bed sheet after all the stripping, to a size of about 23″ x 17″. I place an old curtain at the bottom to further reinforce the rag rug, you can do without it if your bed sheet is not as tattered as mine.
Tack stitch to secure all layers.
Mark 1″ square on the base, to have 22 squares x 16 squares (with 1/2″ seam allowance for the sides). This is useful during sewing the braid strip to the base so that you will know if your rag is going out of the shape.