Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bedsheet Braided Rug: Progress

I started braiding a rug for my daughter's room around the same time we knew we'd have our own little space above my family's garage, back in April 2012. Thankfully, it's not taken me over a year and a half to make the rug. The rug project has been on my list of "do when I can" kind of projects. When I remember to, I bring the rug and my bag of cut bed sheet strips with me to work on during car rides.  This week was the first time I actually scheduled to work on the rug, yet as it grows, it seems to take more time to finish.  
Keeping to my word, I'm updating my rug post with my current progress.  
Here's how the rug looks and a few lessons I've learned along the way: 

Lesson 1:
The rug will want to buckle unless you double tuck the "tuck-in" strand into the rug when going around the corners. The rug needs to grow, which requires more places for braids to tuck in. Otherwise, my rug would look like a floppy bowl. Even with carefully placed extra tucks in the same holes, the rug is a little wavy.

Lesson 2:
The rug is tighter than a crocheted version, but places where I experimented with double tuck-ins are a little bulkier than others. The back of the rug has an oval knot pattern for every circular pass around the perimeter. It's a little difficult to tell in the photo, but I can certainly feel the rows of raised "tuck in" points.

Lesson 3:
A small rug can be made within an hour or two; little trivets in maybe as few as 15 minutes! A large rug however eats much more time, especially as the circumference of the rug increases and it seems to take 30 minutes or more just to add one new row around the rug. I thought the rug was big enough, until I took this photo and realized I would like about 6" more on each side. I know how I'll be spending whatever downtime I have for the next week to get this project completely done!

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  1. This is so cute! I admire your patience to braid a rug from scratch. It's a perfect accent to go with the furniture. Very creative! :)

    1. Thank you, Joanne. :) I actually have fun braiding it, although it gets difficult to hold in my lap now that it's larger. :)

  2. You have 10 times more patience than I do! Good thing because its going to turn out AMAZING when you're finished!

    Thanks so much for coming by to visit me, Yvonne! Unfortunetly...still no reply (wahh!). At least it was an excuse for me to stop by and see what you've been working on, my friend!

    xo Kylie

    1. =D Always glad to receive a visit from you, Kylie. I'm not sure what I need to do to fix my "no-reply comment" status. *sigh* Unfortunately, everything takes me so long to finish lately, that meeting my goals is like a sprint, rather than a jaunt around the park, or something peaceful like that.

  3. I really love this! I do agree with you that a bit bigger would be perfect. Can't wait to see it finished!

    1. Thank you, Ashley. I may just add a whole foot more on each side now. We have so many more imperfect bed sheets to re-purpose. :)


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