I have been itching to make a rag rug forever!!
The Dresden block was great for small scraps
but rag rugging is great for those huge 'unloved' pieces of bedding etc.
in fact I think you can use anything and it will look good.
This is not a tutorial, but I will help out with a few tips along the way.
I searched online and found a number of tutorials,
I didn't follow one strictly speaking.
This is a braided rag rug project,
not to be confused with crochet.
My materials are mainly from old bedding with some fabric purchase mistakes.
I cut my strips roughly 1.5 inches by 2 metres.
Start with 3 strips sewn or tied together at one end,
pin them down to something and begin to braid or plait
making sure the right side (if there is one) is folded outwards.
The style of braiding is the same as plaiting your hair,
but when you plait you need to pull your fabric all the way through,
otherwise the other ends will plait themselves.
(the reason why you shouldn't make your pieces to long).
The next bit I sort of made up as I went along.
I did find some strong thread,
which is advisable, though I'm almost out of it now.
I started coiling and stitching.
To change colours I used a method from one tute,
but after some lumpy joins I
resorted to machining instead.
I am braiding, stitching and then adding fabric,
this way I can work out roughly how my rug will look as I go.
Before you all tell me how clever I am
I will point out that at this stage the rug looks more like a Mexican hat,
as the middle keeps popping out...
I think it's something to do with my braids being to tight?
I imagine practise makes perfect.....