Wednesday, September 21, 2011

How to Make Rag, Braided, and Hooked Rugs

Look for braided, rag, or hooked rugs in your antique and second-hand shops. I've found a variety of inexpensive colorful vintage rag rugs at antique shops. A trend you may see in the fall is hooked rugs. If you've never made a hooked rug, it is fun and easy. I've made one long ago, though I think making a rag rug could be even easier. Since I posted about rag rugs, other bloggers have mentioned how they would like to learn to make a rag rug. Rag rugs or hooked rugs can be fun to make to add to your own home or give as a holiday gift.
My mother and aunt made braided rugs years ago out of sheets. They would find old white sheets and dye them the colors they liked. Then they tore the sheets into long strips and braided the strips. I especially favor the heart-shaped braided rug in the Jack and Jill bath of my parents' country home. The braided rug can also be used like the rag rug for alternative uses such as these:

Can't find the colors you're looking for? Get creative, and make your own. Use this easy tutorial:

Hooked Rug Tutorial:

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Happy Hump-Day! The middle of the week. Halfway to the weekend. A favorite day of many, yet every day we can think of something good. One of my favorite Bible verses since I was a teen is:

Philippians 4:8

Viewing the 1769 King James Version. 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.


Stitchfork said...

My grandmother used to braid colorful rugs! Wish we still had one.
xo Cathy

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Thanks for the info on the rugs - that would certainly save some money! Linda