I don’t know who was more excited about this rug….me or my girls?
It has ALL my favorite things in it:
- I was able to make it completely from supplies that I had on hand.
- A TOTAL Scrap BUSTER! I save every piece of fabric…from every project. I have years of memories in my scrap bins, but a MESS of a Sewing Studio that I am determined to get organized.
- It’s RAINBOW! Every beautiful color…and it makes me smile.
- NO SEW! I love sewing, but sometimes a girl just wants her glue gun, ya know?
I started this over a year ago…my oldest daughter asked for a rainbow rug for her and her sister’s room. After looking at the options to purchase a rug, I decided we didn’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a rug that, let’s face it, someone’s going to
pee spill on at some point.
Turns out, I had PLENTY of scrap fabric that needed to be used, so off I went and started braiding.
If you have a TON of hot glue & you can braid (and have a bunch of fabric to rip up), you can make this too!
You don’t need a sewing machine AT ALL. I mean, you could sew this together if you wanted to…but I chose to go with hot glue…you do you, I won’t judge.
Are you READY to Make one of these Masterpieces????
SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:
1 1/2 (or more) yards of FELT: depending on how large you want your rug. (Remember, I said I used my scraps, so I went with Red…I would probably go with that again even if I had to purchase)
Strips of Fabric in 4 inch widths: I ripped the fabric apart to make it faster. BLEW my kids minds when I showed them how woven fabric rips right along the grainline once you start with a little cut. They loved helping with this part. Also, found it fascinating how different fabrics made different sounds when ripping
Hot Glue Gun & LOADS OF GLUE STICKS: I recommend getting the large sticks…this will take a LOT of glue . Just make sure you grab the right size (width) for the glue gun you own
CLIPS of some SORT: to hold the ends of your braids while you work.
Let’s GET STARTED!
I’m going to show you how I made mine. There are obviously many ways you can vary this project…that’s what so fun about the creative process!
- Start with the RED….Cut or RIP (my preferred method) your fabrics in 4 inch widths. Clip 3 strips together and start BRAIDING! It’s actually best of the strips are NOT the same length….this is important for when we have to attach the next strip.
- When one Strip gets short, you’ll take another strip of fabric and tie a knot to strand them together. (if all the knots fall in the same place, it will be too bulky and harder to hide while braiding)
- Then Just KEEP BRAIDING, JUST KEEP BRAIDING….BRAIDING….BRAIDING….BRAIDING….you’ll braiding for days! (or if you’re like me, years!……I may have started this project before last Christmas 😉 I PROMISE you, once you get into it, I won’t take that long…in fact, you’ll be able to see where I left off and where I picked it up when we get to that part.
- When you’re ready to switch colors, simply start tying the new color in. My Georgia told me she loved how I transitioned each color by gradually adding the next color: I had 3 reds…and then 2 reds and 1 Orange…then 2 Orange and 1 Red….Then 3 Orange….and so on!
- My method was to BRAID ALL of the rug before I started gluing. I haven’t decided yet if this was the right move. What happens is: it twists….and there’s a lot of maneuvering to straighten it if you don’t glue it down as you go. But I also loved to look at it all jumbled up!
- When you are ready to assemble your rug, you will lay down a piece of felt. (if you’re not familiar, you are able to purchase felt by the yard) I started with a square piece of felt. Glued the start of the braid in the center and began my circle….hot gluing it all down as I went around…and as my rug grew, I simply cut more felt and hot glued it to the first piece.
- Continue attaching more felt to the base as it gets bigger, this part doesn’t have to be pretty…you won’t see it.
- This is strictly assemble and access as you go. When I felt it was ready for the next color I switched! When I started, I was braiding very tightly…so you see the RED-ORANGE-YELLOW looks a bit “cleaner”….turns out though, if I make this again, I prefer the looser braid, as it’s more comfortable and squishy when you walk on it 🙂
- Watch it grow!
I’m excited to try different things with my next braided rug! I might try using knit fabric….maybe assemble in a back-n-forth pattern to make a rectangular shape instead of circle….hmmmmm….the possibilities! I’m going to have to figure out something because the boys want one for their room now too! Maybe Denim? I could use all those jeans they rip holes in!
Okay, one more pic before I go….
Easy peasy, no?
I’d love to see yours if you make one!