Learn how to make beautiful braided rag rugs from old sheets, t-shirts, or other upcycled material for a unique floor covering that is enjoyable and simple to make and gives you a real sense of accomplishment when completed.
This inexpensive and durable method is done in the traditional manner of using any long sections of material or rags you might have lying around. The type of rug braiding being taught here does not require the purchase of special gadgets or equipment since it is not sewn or laced together like the ones our grandmothers made. It is held together through a combination of braiding and weaving which make them not only virtually indestructible but also reversible. So, when one side gets dirty, just flip it over! If kept under 4 feet in diameter, the rag rug can be washed by machine and laid flat to dry.
A wide variety of useful items can be made using this technique, depending on the size. Small versions make excellent trivets/ hot plates and pot holders. Mid-sized ones make very comfortable chair pads, or cushions, and small rugs make great pet beds. Your first project need not be large to be functional, but you may find you enjoy the process so much, you will have gifts for the whole family!
**Please bring your own material to this program. The rug works best if you use one type per rug – for example, one rug all sheet material, or one rug all t-shirt material. Some scrap cotton material will be provided to provide more choice to what you bring or to see how different materials feel to work with.