How to make a plaited rug (it’s easy!)

I saw a plaited rug outside a charity shop once and thought, ‘I can make that’! So I did, here’s how:

Cut up old tshirts and tops into 2-3 inch wide strips. Make sure you have similar weight fabrics to make the rug as even as possible.

I found cutting tshirts into a spiral shape meant I could get one long strip of material; meaning less knots and less wasted material.

Take three strips and tie a starting knot. Then start plaiting, when one piece of fabric ends just tie on the next.

When all the fabric is finished and you have a hugely long plait (it was a bit hard to manoeuvre at this stage) take one end and start laying it in a spiral shape.

Stitch the lengths of plait together with double thread for extra strength.

Keep going in a spiral. It takes shape quickly in the beginning but my fingers took a bit of punishment! I’d been working on it for a couple of days at this point.

When you’re done (finally!) snip off all the thread ends and turn over.

This entry was published on June 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm and is filed under craft, sewing, tutorials. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “How to make a plaited rug (it’s easy!)

  1. I must try this! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the comment! You should, it was lots of fun to make!

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