See this mess??
My kitty likes it. As you can see, my dining room is not exactly ready for company. That is because we are preparing to move into our mobile home after it gets here. I am trying to make some braided rag rugs to put by the bedsides in our new bedroom. I found THIS tutorial, and am following it.
I went to our local Goodwill store and purchased 3 bed sheets. I began working on the braid and suddenly something occurred to me. My sweet cousin, a number of months ago, redecorated her guest bedroom and she gave me the bed comforter, curtains, lamps with shades, pillow shams and sheets that she was done using. When I bought the sheets for the rugs, I was not thinking AT ALL about trying to match them to the decor in our bedroom. But, I got up from where I was working and brought out one of the lampshades. As you can see, my rugs will match perfectly!
This really made me smile. Here is the shade atop the fabrics:
Nothing short of amazing!
I tore all of the sheets into 2 inch strips:
And, I've been braiding them into a long long braid. Instead of joining them as she did in her instructions, I am sewing them like this:
Then I trim off the excess:
and here is how that seam looks:
The rug will be smoother and I think maybe a bit more durable?
When you are braiding, you need something to hold onto the completed braid while you work. My husband made this really cool thing for me.
The part hanging down below wrapped in duct tape is metal and very heavy. All I have to do is push it up and advance my work. Pure genius! He saw me struggling with a clamp and knew it would make my hand sore after a while. I do love that man. I will, hopefully, post pictures when I get the rugs done. This is fun :).