Fun Crafts: Create Your Own Braided Chenille Rug

How to make your own round or rectangular chenille rug using a few basic craft supplies: yarn, fabric, a sewing needle and thread.

For a round braided chenille you will need three complimentary colors of chenille yarn (at least one skein of each), a sewing needle, and thread in a color than blends with the yarn. Two optional supplies for this project are a piece of muslin or other lightweight cotton fabric and scissors.

Tie the three colored pieces of yarn together at one end. Begin braiding them from the very end by crossing one of the outside pieces between the two other pieces. Then repeat this with the opposite side. Keep braiding the three pieces of yarn together in this way until you have a braid approximately three feet long.

When you have a three foot section of the yarn braided, lay it out on a flat surface. Hold the loose end of the yarn where you tied a knot in the three colors. This will be the central point of your rug. Coil the rest of the braided yarn around that central point. After you have evenly coiled the three feet of yarn around the center, stitch coils of braid together with a sewing needle and thread.

After you have coiled and sewn together all of the yarn you have braided so far, begin braiding again. Working three feet at a time you can make the rug as large as you want. If you come to the end of the skein of yarn and are not satisfied with the rug's size, just add more yarn by tying the new yarn onto the end each individual piece of yarn you have been working with.

To change colors in mid-braid, just cut the piece of yarn that you want to change and tie on the new color.

To increase the quality of your rug, cut a piece of muslin or other lightweight cotton fabric that is slightly smaller than your rug. Hem the ragged edges of the fabric and then attach it to the backside of your rug.



For a rectangular or square braided chenille you will need at least three complimentary colors of chenille yarn, a sewing needle, thread in a color that blends with the yarn, a piece of muslin or other lightweight cotton fabric, scissors, a pencil, and measuring tape or ruler.

First cut the muslin in a square or rectangular shape that is slightly larger than you want your finished rug to be. Using a pencil, draw the area size of the rug on your fabric.

Measure the rug's length. Cut the yarn into pieces that are the length of the rug that you want to make.

Choose three pieces of cut yarn and tightly stitch their ends onto the pencil line drawn on the fabric. Braid the three pieces by crossing one of the outside pieces between the two other pieces. Then repeat this with the opposite side. Continue braiding the colors together until you come to the other end of your rug. Tightly stitch the loose ends down at the pencil mark on the rug. Then, using a very loose stitch, attach the braid to the fabric by sewing down the length of the braid.

Repeat this process for each braid. Braids should be as close to each other as possible to avoid gaps where the fabric backing shows through. After all of your braids are sewn down, hem the edges of your fabric by turning them under and stitching them to the rug's backside.

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