Day 2 & 3
It's already big enough for Melody to sit on, but I want it big enough so she can play on it. Each day, she checks on my progress and exclaims in delight to see a new fabric/color added. Then she likes to tell me that I am taking "forever". The kid needs to learn some patience. Lol.
It's been a lot of fun picking out fabrics from my collection. What a great way to use up the fabrics that I will never get around to sewing with. I love how simple the technique is and that there is no pattern to memorize or look at.
For those of you that want to give this a try, these videos via Etsy are a good starting point. But she doesn't talk about increasing which is important if you want your rug to lay flat. Day to Day Adventures has a 4 part tutorial on how to make a oval rug and where to increase. After you do this for a while, you will get a feel for when you need to make increases. It's best to do this on a flat surface so you can check to make sure your rug is flat.
There are so many ways to make a rag rug. The more I search, the more techniques I find. If you know how to crochet, Sugar Bee Crafts and Vintage Chica have crochet tutorials. Crazy Mom Quilts knitted a rag rug with the selvedges that she has collected from her sewing projects. If I have more time some day, I want to make a braided rag rug. Homestead Weaver and Little House in the Suburbs have tutorials on a no sew braided rag rug. Moda Bake Shop has a tutorial on a hand sewn braided rag rug. If hand sewing is not your thing, Crafty Captain has a faster technique by using the zig zag stitch on a sewing machine to join the braids.
Happy Monday, everyone!