November 2, 2007, Newsletter Issue #88: Making Your Own Braided Rug

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Making your own braided rug is easy and a fun crafts project. Buying one can be rather expensive, so here is a simple process that will allow you to make your own braided rugs and have fun doing it.

First, you will need materials. Get yourself several strips of fabric and a fairly thick section of rope. The diameter of the rope you choose will determine the thickness and depth of the final rug. The longer your rope, the larger the finished rug; so measure your rope in an oval to determine the size of your finished product.

To begin, wrap your strip of fabric your length of rope. For the cleanest look in the end, don't be afraid to overlap your fabric as you go to conceal the rope underneath. Once you have wrapped the entire length of rope, start from the center and begin wrapping the rope into the shape that you desire. For a circle, make concentric circles and use a little thread and a needle to connect each circle. For a more oval shape, begin with an oval center and stitch the shape into place.

Repeat this process of twisting and stitching until you are out of rope and have your finished shape. The final step in making your own braided rugs is to stitch the end of the rope to the edge and set it in place.

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