How To Make A Rag Rug

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 6:39 am on Sunday, November 2, 2014


[New England Quilter]

I’m considering making a rag rug. The idea is that you use strips of fabric to make a rug. I’ve never made one before, but it seems like a cool project and a great way to re-use old (read: baby) clothes.

There are all kinds of ways to make a rag rug. They can be made with a loom, a sewing machine, braided, crocheted, knotted, and so on. After some research, I’ve narrowed it down to a few techniques:

1. Braided.


[Home Things Past]

There are two types of braided rugs. In one, fabric strips are braided together until it forms a rug, usually a large oval or circle. Here is a tutorial.

Alternately, you can braid the fabric in one long rope and then sew it together as a rug, like so:

This last method is a lot of work, but it also gives you leeway for manipulating the rug to look the way you want.

2. Crochet.


[Debs Crochet]

You use a crochet hook to crochet the rug. This video shows how:

I’m not very good at crocheting, but this method seems to yield consistently attractive rugs.

3. Knitted.


[Mandy Gerth]

This technique uses knitting needles. It seems to work well for square or rectangular rugs. Here’s more on knitted rag rugs.

4. Loomed.


[Old and Interesting]

As you might expect, you use a loom to make the rug. Most commercial rag rugs are made with looms. But as I don’t have a loom, I’m probably not going to go this route.

5. Woven.

The fabric is criss-crossed the same way thread is woven to make fabric. Usually these rugs are rectangular or square and have tassels at the end. Here’s a tutorial.

6. Latch Hook.

With latch-hook rugs, the cloth is cut into 1 X 5 inch rectangles and knotted onto a non-skid rug mat, like so:

According to this site, “for a thicker rug, knot along every line or knot along every other line for a thinner mat.” (Reminds me of these t-shirt rugs.)

Have you ever made a rag rug? Tell me about it.

Turning Old Sewing Machines Into Furniture

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:39 am on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RecyclArt has a round-up of examples of people Turning An Old Sewing Machine Into Furniture. I see these old machines in thrift stores all the time, and there is something captivating and lovely about them. So why not turn them into furniture?

Like this:

And this:

And this:

See the rest here.

Great Gift: Cookies In A Can

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:48 am on Monday, July 28, 2014

Here’s an inexpensive, but cool, gift idea: homemade cookies in a revamped Pringles can.

I don’t speak French, but it looks like Marcia Tack cleaned out the can and covered it with paper and decorative tape. Then she filled it with cookies.

It looks quite chic.

Just make sure that Pringles can is clean. You don’t want your recipient eating Pringles-flavored cookies.

Refashioning Thrift Store Clothes

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:55 am on Monday, July 14, 2014

Check out Refashionista, a blog where Jillian takes ugly thrift store clothes and turns them into new outfits.

She even shows how she does it.

So far, she’s done about 700 new outfits from thrift store clothes. She even donates some of them to charity. Where not everything is my taste, some of her “refashions” are pretty cute.

I love it when people take ugly things and make them into something new.

5 Ways To Recycle A Dresser

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:57 am on Friday, July 11, 2014

Turn It Into A Desk

Or A TV Console

Hide The Printer In It.

Or The Cat Box.

Last But Not Least, Use It As A Bird Aviary.

Make A Reading Lamp Out Of A Water Jug

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:30 am on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I am very curious to see if this works.

Supposedly, if you slap a headlight onto a jug of water, it illuminates the water and makes a reading lamp/lantern for your tent when you’re camping.

Seems plausible. Has anyone tried this?

Old DVD Mosaic

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:39 am on Friday, May 23, 2014

This is the best use of old CDs or DVDs I’ve ever seen: break them up and use them to make a mosaic. This would make a great gift.

3 Recycled Yard Projects

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:40 am on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Here are 3 Recycled Yard Projects I found around the web:

Got an old trampoline no one is using anymore? Turn it into a hammock.

Hoses tend to break a lot. Why not turn it into a rug for the workshop or garage?

Or try this: use an old PVC pipe as an ingenious chicken feeder.

From Grocery Bag To Easter Basket

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:45 am on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I was looking at Easter baskets and thinking how I just don’t need one more useless thing hanging around my house that I will have to store or donate or throw out.

That’s why I like this tutorial on how to make a basket from a grocery bag. It looks like a little bit of work, but the end result is pretty–plus, it can be recycled when you’re done.

From Soda Bottle To Wide-Mouth Funnel

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:34 am on Friday, April 4, 2014

Awhile back, it occurred to me that I needed a wide-mouth funnel for canning or transferring bigger things, like dried beans, to bottles. I looked in the store and found that wide-mouth funnels start at $6, so I decided to make one out of an old 2-liter soda bottle instead.

All you do is cut around the top of the bottle and invert it so it works like a funnel. Very simple and it works great. I’ve used the funnel countless times and even wash it in the dishwasher when it’s dirty.

And the best part is that it didn’t cost a thing.

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