How to Make Country Braided Rugs

By Axl J. Amistaadt

  • Overview

    Create a rustic look for any room with handmade braided rag rugs. Carpets are being replaced in many homes today by bare wood floors embellished with hand-crafted primitive and country style rugs. a braided rag rug will last for many years and it is more authentic than handmade wool rugs. The best part is that the rag rug will be sturdy, durable and machine washable.
    How to Make Country Braided Rugs
    How to Make Country Braided Rugs
    • Step 1

      Cut the fabrics into long strips about 2 to 3 inches wide. Any kind of materials can be used, but the more durable the better. Denim and heavy cottons work particularly well for this project.
    • Step 2

      Choose the three fabric strips that you want to begin with. Don't sew or knot them together because that will create a lump in the finished rug. Secure them to a craft board on your lap with a clothespin. Or you could even hold the ends between your toes as you work. Repeat Step 2 until you have 10 sets of strips.


    • Step 3

      Braid a set of three strips together, beginning by taking the strip on the left and crossing it over the center strip. Then cross the strip on the right over the new center strip. Continue to complete the braid.
    • Step 4

      Add length to the end of the first braid by laying the top part of another set of strips to the trailing ends of the braid. Join the new strips one by one by holding them at 90-degree angles to each other. This will form a nice square corner. Hand-stitch across the square and closely trim away the excesses. Repeat to join the other two strips with new strips. This method prevents weak or bulky joining seams in the rug.
    • Step 5

      Braid the added set of strips and repeat Step 4 until you have braided all the sets of strips together. The resulting long rag braid will be 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
    • Step 6

      Make a spiral with the braid, starting from one end of the braid and working with just a small section at a time. Work on a flat surface and begin winding the braid around itself. Hand-stitch the spiraling rows of braid to each other every inch or so with the sturdy needle and thread. This will add to the strength and durability of the finished rug. Continue winding and stitching until the rug is the size you desire.
    • Step 7

      Finish the braided rug by folding the last flat pieces of braid over, and stitching it securely to the braided row next to it.
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Ingredients:
    • Fabric remnants (rags, old clothing, sheets, towels)
    • Long needle with large hole
    • Heavy sewing thread
    • Crafting board or other portable flat object
    • Wooden clamp-type clothespins
    • Scissors

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