Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Rag rug progress

Two summer dresses, two skirts, four blouses/shirts, and a couple of odd bits later I had a pile of plaited one metre lengths ready to make my rag rug. Quite a lot of work (but it has been particularly cold and horrid outside).  These came from the bottom of the recency box and were very thin and screwed up and I did not bother to iron them! I cut through darts, seams, godets, plackets and only rejected  cuffs and collars (put by these to clean the greenhouse glass!). As the fabric was very thin I did not appreciate at first I was cutting it too narrow and should have cut 3 inches wide rather than 2 inches or less. 



As I progressed colour gradients emerged and I worked from a dark middle outward. Soon found out that if you don't put it on the floor now and again it starts to form a "cone".  I stated with a sharp needle but after while got sore fingers and swapped to a tapestry needle.


Several sessions later it was finished off with a black rim. This was one of those black polyester office skirts you buy for £9.99 in a supermarket and wash and wear for YEARS and it just would not die.  Its dead now and provided a nice edge! 
I really enjoyed this.  It was time consuming but cost nothing and the recycle box is a bit emptier. The clothes were not good enough for a charity shop and the fabric not good enough for restyle. I have seen some projects on Pin interest for my second rug. They have used much flatter cloth like sheets and curtains - I have some and have been sorting out some to cut in 3.5 to 4 inch widths which will be tidily folded before being plaited. 

A few weeks ago Ilona on Life After Money blog posted a doodling picture link.  I tried it out and it was a most relaxing doddle.  Do try it!


As part of using up Christmas left overs I came across an opened bottle of chilli sauce. It could only be kept for 4 weeks so I threw half in this pan of chicken thighs, onions and mushrooms. Yummy.



5 comments:

  1. Love your rug, what a great way to use old clothes.

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  2. What a great recycling project. Where are going to use it?

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    1. funny story. We have not quite finished our conservatory upgrade so it is going in there until the new floor is laid. It is replacing a rug our grandson was sick on at Xmas!

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  3. Your rug is fabulous.....love it-x-

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  4. I remember making plaited rugs with my granny, she used to save old stockings and use them for rugs, love the way the colours have developed on yours :-)

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