I am planning to redecorate my home this spring. I have spent my time looking through catalogues and walked a few miles through different department stores to no avail. The rugs I have found are either too big, small, rough, the wrong size or color.
Ah, well. I’ll make my own. I went through each room and studied what I would and would not change about the décor of each room. A few measurements and I had the answers I needed. I spent a few hours with my yarn/fabric/”stuff” stash; I had enough to make my own rugs.
I made different types of rugs for each room. I’ll share them with you here. Make your own out of virtually any fabric. You can make any shape or size that you wish. I have been crafting and learning different crafts since the age of six; I have a library of knowledge to share.
You can make different types of knitted rugs. Once you master the basic concept, you can design your own. Use the largest size needles you can find and use three or four strands of yarn at the same time. Knit loosely in a garter stitch, that is, knit each row. Once you master how to handle the amount of yarns, you can add your favorite stitch patterns. For a springy and flexible rug, knit into the backs of all the stitches; this is called twisted stitch.
Crochet a rug using rug yarn and a large hook. You can use any stitches you like. For the adventurous, crochet a filet and use a rug hook to add yarn.
Knit a circular tube using a loom and insert cotton rope from the fabric store as you knit. Sew the knit-covered rope into any shape you wish; keeping the rug flat as you sew.
Cut strips of fabric into one or two inch wide strips. You can sew the ends of the strips together, tie them or cut a vertical (lengthwise) slit in each end and thread the strips through each other to create long pieces. Roll up the pieces and wrap a rubber band around them for easier handling. Sew or tie three or more strips together at one end and braid one long strip.
Place the braid on the floor and begin sewing the strip together to form your rug. You can sew what you have braided and add more fabric until you get the rug size you want. Make oblongs, rectangles, square, rounds or other shapes.
You can also cover cotton rope from fabric stores with fabric strips and sew them together. This will give you a heavier rug. Braid the strips and sew as above.
You do not have to use only three strands; you can braid or weave as many strands as you like.
To make a rug for your patio, front or back door, use rope. You can use thin rope and crochet or knit it as you please. Braid and sew as above or you can create your own loom and weave a rug together. I would advise working slowly and possibly wearing gloves if you are working with sisal rope; the fibers are harsh to the hands.
This rug will last a good long time with proper care.
You can purchase hooked rug kits at any fabric or hobby store. I would recommend using a kit at first and then you can design your own rugs. Short lengths of yarn or fabric are pulled through a mesh and locked in place by folding the yarn over the hook and pulling the loop partially through the mesh. The ends of the yarn are through the loop; the loop is on one mesh hole and the ends are pulled through the adjoining hole. This locks the yarn in place. Of course, there are many variations that are used to create all sorts of rugs.
Each room in my home will have a different sort of rug. This is going to be a lot of fun; I have so much fabric and the end results will be fantastic!
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse subjects and skills such as DIY, home improvement and repair, crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects, RV’ing and more.