Anyone who has been reading my blog for a long time knows I'm almost as excited by rugs as I am by quilts. I want to make some rag rugs as Christmas gifts this year. It's been way too long since I made a rug. I've been thinking about the easiest and fastest way for me to create the rugs. It occurred to me that every type of rug I make starts with strips of fabrics. Sound familiar? This is the same thing that's true for making quilts. Many quilt designs start with strips which are then cut to shapes. I also wanted to use up the many t-shirt fabric scraps I have taking up space in my storage. I pulled out a bunch and started cutting strips.
I kept repeating to myself..... use it or loose it. I will either use the scraps or I'll get rid of them. I pulled out more t-shirt fabrics to cut strips.
Every type rug I make uses the same size strip. Whether I make braided, woven, twained, crochet, knitted, shag, or other rug making technique, I always start with 1 1/2 inch strips. So I pulled out more scrap t-shirt fabric and cut more strips.
Ok, about now (two full days later) I'm getting pretty tired of cutting fabric strips. But I keep going because I know I'm going to need all that I can cut. Providing I have the time needed to get all the rugs made. I pull out even more t-shirt fabric scraps and cut more strips.
Eventually, (three full days) I get all the t-shirt scraps cut into strips. Aren't the colors pretty?
Even the box of whites look pretty. I can see a white and cream color rug in there, can you? Well, at least that's what my friend Martha is hoping for this year, a white and cream color rug. Shhhhh.... don't tell her I plan to make her one.
When all the seams and hems are cut away (and the strips cut) the fabric takes up far less room in my storage. I had a small garbage bag full of cut away parts. At first I was tempted to hang onto those and possibly make a latch hook rug but then I came to my senses. I let them go straight out to the garbage can for pickup. I have enough scraps for my rugs. If I find I'm going to run out of t-shirt fabrics I'll start cutting up some of my scrap quilt cottons. Those make good rugs too.
How about you? Have you started your Christmas crafts yet?