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The first project I thought of when I decided to sign up for Feather your Nest was to make a bathroom rug...
Hmmm, that seems a bit weird doesn't it?...
Well, really I saw this bath mat and I really really loved it...that is, until I saw the price tag. So I thought, maybe I can make something like it. And then I thought, maybe I can make it out of some of our old, not so nice anymore, towels. It sounded like a fun feather your nest kind of project.
I took some towels out of our linen closet that are less than company worthy. You know, we all have them. They have been used for years and years, they have a couple of accidental bleach stains on them. Actually, they had been resigned to the closet as rags...so that's what I used them for, to make a rag rug.
First I cut the ends off of the towels. I only used the middle of the towels because I didn't want the non-terry cloth stripe to interfere with the braids. Then I cut the towels into one inch strips. For this part I just snipped all the way across on the edge of the towel and ripped down. This was a bit messy as there were terry cloth strings and fuzz everywhere, just be careful if you have cats around...So I cleaned that mess up first and then I started to braid until I had a basketful. Don't they look like giant sweatbands?! Ha ha! Anywho...after I had all of my towels braided it was time to attatch them together. First I sewed together the tops of two of the braids. To attach the braided strips together I laid one down on top of the other and weaved it into the first one. Once it was in place I stitched them together. I continued on this way until all of the braids were attached. Next, I started to wind it around itself.
As I coiled the braid I stitched together the rows tightly. Three recommendations here: 1) Use a very strong thread because you will be pulling hard to get the stitches tight, I used button thread 2) I used a curved needle that I just happened to have, this helped A LOT 3) sew the rug on a flat surface so that you know you are sewing it flat.
This project took several days to make. Brad rolled his eyes a bit ;) He said why don't you just buy the rug and then retracted that suggestion after I told him how much it cost. The finished product used about two and a half towels. It is not terribly huge, but then again...our bathroom is teeny tiny so it fits perfectly!
It did take a while to make, but, again, it was free! It's not perfect, but then again, it's a rag rug, that's it's nature...And, who doesn't like the cushey, cozy feeling of a soft rag rug under their toes! Especially just after you hop out of the shower!