I went to a craft sale and they had home sewn rugs made from polyester material. The material was cut in small squares and sewed in rows, but I don't recall how they sewed it together. The craft show was in Seymour, MO. Any help would be great.
Kathleen from Springfield, MO
We used to make these rugs in our church group. It was awhile ago. I will try to explain as best I can. It takes a lot of 2 inch squares. I can't remember how they were sewed together. You had to sew them so you had a long string of them. You cut a heavy material like denim in a oval shape or rectangle. Most of ours were oval.
You start in the center and you sew down the center of the string of squares, sewing a widening circle as close together as you can. You would a have to finish the edges of the material so it wouldn't unravel. I mean the denim that you sew the squares on.
I hope that this will give you some idea how it was done. I didn't make these myself, just bought one. It's not the same as making it your self. (07/23/2008)
I've seen them too, but haven't made one. If I remember right the cut squares were about an inch or maybe a inch and one forth big. They were sewn from corner to corner (in the middle) on to a firm fairly stiff fabric, maybe a heavy upholstery. You just keep sewing them on row after row. Seems like the ones I saw were sewn on in a oval pattern. The rows were fairly close together to make the rug look fluffy. You might try Googling for rag rugs. (07/23/2008)
I've seen these made with scraps of material rather than with squares. I've always thought that it was an absolutely fantastic way to use small odd scraps that would otherwise be thrown out, odd colors of previously needed thread, and some leftover cotton duck or denim fabric. The odd shaped pieces gives the rug more of a contemporary, quirky look. (07/24/2008)
I have made these rugs with 2 inch square pieces of polyester. You fold the squares in half corner to corner so you have a half diamond piece. I just laid mine on the backing fabric and overlapped them about half ways with the points all going one way and just sewed them on the backing fabric that way. You can start in the middle and make and oval one or just make a oblong one.
Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!