I love to repurpose things; it’s how I was raised in the country. Wooden shelves become cabinets with the addition of doors, bookcases become storage bins when drawers are built from reclaimed wood and usable furniture is updated with throw covers made from bright fabrics.
You can have different colored rugs, blankets and other items at a fraction of the cost by repurposing microfiber scraps from torn blankets, scarves and clothing.
Sources Of Microfiber Cloth
If you don’t have any, ask at work, church or shop at flea markets and garage sales. Fabric stores have clearance bins for small pieces; these are inexpensive.
Make The Strips
Let’s have a word about style first. If you have an odd-shaped piece, you can trim the edges to make perfect strips of equal lengths, or just trim off any raggedy edges and have strips of different lengths. Using this method with different colors will always produce interesting color effects.
Cut the strips ½” wide using scissors or a rotary cutter. Lay the strips lengthwise on the table and measure ½” from the end. Mark a cutting line ½” long down the lengthwise center of the strip at both ends.
Join The Strips
First method: It does take some practice to join the strips, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes fast and easy. Lay two strips on the table, one on top of the other. Notice the slits at the end. First, thread the top strip on the right end through the bottom slit and the bottom strip on the left through the slit on the top. Pull gently until you have something resembling a knot at the end. Do not pull tight, glue or sew the ends to the strips so that they lay flat.
Second method: Sew the strips together at the ends using a zigzag stitch. You can also use fabric glues to create continuous strips.
Methods To Make Rugs
Braid your rug. You can use the traditional three-braid, four-braid or any type of braid you wish. Braid a long strand and secure the end with a large safety pin through all the ends. Lay the strip flat and begin to sew the strips together in a round or oval shape to create the rug. You do not necessarily need a base for the rug, although this will help it last longer.
Weave your rug. You can weave your rug using conventional weaving methods on a home made or commercially made loom. Utube has several videos on the subject and many different types of weaves. You can weave your braided strip, weave the strips themselves, or do a combination to do a type of “rag rug,” popular for decades. Amish knot rugs are also popular.
Knit your rug using your braided or unbraided strips with oversized knitting needles you make from PVC pipe. Paint or stain your new knitting needles to match your style. Experiment with different sizes of PVC and knitting patterns for fun. You can make rugs, blankets, curtains, bedspreads, sweaters, ponchos and more with this method.
Crochet your rug using large hooks that are made for rag rugs. Years ago, these were commonly available in wood. For about twenty years, they disappeared but they are back in various sizes. Experiment with the different sizes until you are comfortable with crocheting items with different patterns.
Hook your rug by cutting your strips into short lengths. Crochet a filet crochet base in any shape you wish, then use the hook rug method to create your rug. You can also weave the strips through your crochet base. Attach a base of burlap or other fabric if you wish.
Adorn your home with your new creations or give them as gifts. You can make a kit out of strips, skeins wound with the connected strips, your written pattern and the tools to make the item. Have fun with the recipient and make an item he or she will enjoy.
You can also repurpose other fabrics for these crafts as well.
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 a consummate movie fan.