Sounds simple enough, right?
A braided rag rug?
Well, actually it IS…once you figure out this is what you want to make! It took me about 3 hours tonight to finally figure out that THIS is what I was looking for!
I was immediately taken with the idea because all of my bathroom rugs are in various stages of disrepair right now and desperately need to be replaced.
However, I really don’t want to go out and buy all new ones because…….
—- I’m really NOT a fan of
those synthetic shag-like bath rugs that are pretty much 90% of what is offered out there at bathroom decor retailers. You know what I’m talking about…..
….they look like this:
(just not my cup of “bath mat tea”.)
#2 —- Our son just got married (which necessitated a rather expensive trip to CA), and Christmas is just around the corner, so I am trying to conserve monetary resources. (ie. I don’t want to spend much $$!!!)
and #3 —- I’m sort of on a reduce, reuse, recycle kick right now. That’s why this initial project for the Eco-Friendly Bath Mat (and I would add “wallet-friendly”) appealed to me so much, because I have PLENTY of old towels readily available as material!
But despite my “issues” (which are many…but that’s another post, for another type of blog…lol), I have not been able to locate the Gridded Matting you need ANYWHERE!
So tonight I starting poking around the net to find a variation on this that I could make work, and after MUCH research….finally
hit the jack pot!
*ding ding ding ding ding*
I’m reminded of that line from the 1997 movie “Fools Rush In”, with Matthew Perry, when he says to Salma Hayek, “You are everything I never knew I always wanted!” haha! That was it! I fell in love with a rug! ;-)
So, enough babbling on about how I got to this place (finally!) and let’s see how this puppy is put together!
Fortunately, this Braided Rag Rug
tutorial at The Moda Bake Shop
(still not quite sure what this has to do with BAKED GOODS
…but whatever) is EXCELLENT
and most likely the best you’re going to find. Trust me on this, I have looked!! There are lots of DIY posts about rag rugs out there…but most of them just left me confused. The lovely photos help tremendously, and the directions are the most concise I found.
I realize putting “No Sew” in the title of this post might be a TEENY bit misleading…because you do need to use a needle and thread at the end as you coil the braid…but there’s no need to haul out the sewing machine…so technically…in my book of rationale….it’s No Sew. :-)
I just love the look of this rug! Can’t wait to get started!!!!!
UPDATE: 11/26/2011I took 4 of my husband’s old shirts that were in the “rag bag” headed to GoodWill and cut them up into strips. (Time consuming…but kind of fun!) I have started my rug…it is approximately 8 inches in diameter right now (when coiled up). I’m not following any sort of “pattern”, but doing one shirt at a time. So it will definitely be interesting to see how it turns out. :-) Will post pictures soon!