Monday, 14 November 2011

Macrame Monday: The Ultimate Scrapbuster Rug!

Technically this project falls under the "rug hooking" category.  But if you know anything about rug hooking, you will know that it's just billions of Lark's Head (or overhand) knots in a row.

So it's Macrame! Yay!

Isn't this a gorgeous rug?  The first time I went with Terry up north, I saw a bunch of these handmade rugs scattered all over his family's cottage. They were so soft and fabulous that I wanted to figure out how to make them.  And they aren't difficult at all!

Supplies Needed:
- Some rubber grid (I found mine at the thrift store for 99 cents). You can also use the rug hooking canvas
- a ton of knit or fleece (or both) scraps.  And by a ton - I mean like bags full.  You can use up every single piece of knit scraps you have laying around.  I even used up some of the knits I had leftover from my upcycling projects.  All the wonderful knits from my kids' old jammies :)
- Plastic vinyl
- duck tape

Time Needed:
- this rug took me weeks to make.  But you can knot it while watching TV so it isn't that bad.

Skill Needed:
- if you can tie a knot and cut strips of fabric, you can do this project.  Super easy.

Step One:
- Cut up your scrap knits into strips about 4 inches by .5 inch.  They don't have to be perfect.  I just cut the way the fabric was, so some strips were longer than others.  You can always give your rug a trim after your done knotting.  You will have to repeat step one over and over again because you won't know how many strips of fabric you need (or want to have all those strips hanging about).  I cut enough to fill an easy access plastic bag.

Step Two:
With those strips, tie a Lark's Head or overhand knot onto each horizontal segment of grid.  You will have nice rows like the one pictured above.  If you're familiar with rug hooking, it's the same technique.  You can even use the rug hooking contraption tool if you like.  I don't have one, so I knotted all of mine by hand.

Step Three:
Keep going in that fashion until you've got a rug that is the size you desire.
If the fabric is getting too thick and difficult to tie, you can always skip one and tie a knot every second horizontal segment if you like.

Step Four:
My rug was made with a rubber grid which was fabulous because it stretched a little when I was knotting some thick fleece, but it also rolled a lot!  I decided to use some clear plastic on the bottom.  I liked the way the knots looked on the back so I didn't want to cover them up and I also needed something that would help with the rolling.  I'm sure if I had left the rug as it was, it would have stopped rolling once it had been stepped on enough.

All I did was cut the plastic to fit the back and duck tape it into place with some pretty decorative duck tape that I bought from Michaels. :D

I taped around the edges with a couple pieces of tape and down the seam that I had in my plastic.  This way, the rug should have a little grip and not move or slip as much when on a wooden surface.

Lane is the lucky recipient of this rug.  Logan has insisted that I make him one as well. I just happen to have another half of rubber grid leftover, so I might try to make one in two colours with his name patterned in it.  You can just colour the pieces of grid that you want to knot in each colour and go.

Doesn't it look lovely?  It's much nicer than the silly foam that we had there to catch Lane should she fall out of the bed.  This rug is so much softer and prettier.

And seriously... the amount of scraps I got rid of... unbelievable!  The ultimate scrapbuster!


I'm sharing this project with:
The More The Merrier Monday - The DIY Home Sweet Home Project
November Blog Hop - Favecrafts
Too Cute Tuesday - Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Luna Link Party - Lil' Luna
Show Off Your Stuff - Fireflies and Jellybeans
Link Party #75 - Tea Rose Home
Making it with Allie - What Allie's Making Now


Periwinkle Dzyns said...

so so awesome!! lucky Lane!!!!

Unknown said...

Wow this is amazing! It looks so cozy and fun. Though I think I have to sew A LOT more to generate this many scraps! Maybe I could make a potholder?!

PrairiePeasant said...

Well done! I still have it on my to-do list to try to knit a rug with knit scraps (t-shirt yarn). You'll probably have your next one done before I even start! I've also seen something similar where the scraps are sewn by machine onto a sturdy base (like canvas).

ARK said...

awesome!! Would love to get going on one of these...and love the backing idea...I've got a bunch of that stuff!

Anonymous said...

That look pretty neat!

Shiloh said...

I love this! I have tons of scraps, so I might try this.:) Thanks for posting.:)

Khris said...

Thanks for sharing Tawny. I have linked to you on Freebies for Crafters blog.
Hugs Khris

lindy57 said...

Great rug! Thanks for sharing. Is there any reason you couldn't use cotton scraps..I have a ton of them from my quilting projects that I would like to use.

Tawny said...

Hi Lindy57. You could use quilting scraps for this rug as well. I chose knit only because it doesn't fray (and I had a ton of knit scraps at the time), but it would look equally as beautiful when the cotton started to fray as well.

spot on white pants said...

I'm about to finish a shag rug I made with recycled t-shirts. I stretched the t-shirt strips so they curled up. I started to knot each one, but with 5.700 pieces that would have taken a really long time. I had an idea to glue them on the back with Aleen's permanent fabric glue. I spread a fairly thick layer of glue on, allowed to cure for a few days and now it's impossible to pull those pieces out of the latch hook canvas. This glue is washable and drycleanable as well. I can do around 250 pieces in an hour. Only 456 left!! I was going to keep it for myself, but I decided to give it to my niece for her birthday next week.