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Give your home a crafty refresh this summer, by making your very own rug
Who doesn’t love pompoms? They’re fluffy, colourful, and easy to make – they also make great rugs for that very reason. In fact, our Charlie Mumford has a fantastic tutorial to make a rainbow pom-pom rug. Just head to blog.createandcraft.tv/diy-pom-pom-rug
Using a method similar to making a friendship bracelet – remember those? – you can wind and weave lengths of fabric into a gorgeous chevron rug. Since there are very few sewing bits, you could even get the kids involved, for a fun activity.
We all know and love crochet mandalas – those circular patterns just evoke something special in anyone who views them. Have you considered making a rug from one, though? All you need to do it super-size the pattern (use chunky yarn for fast results), and make sure no naughty children drag their feet across the delicate surface.
Shaggy rugs are delightful to sprawl over, especially when made from super soft fibres. But you might be surprised at how easy they are to make. In fact, the process is similar to making pompoms, as you wind the rug around your hand to make loops, and sew that into the base fabric. Why not have a go yourself?
Have an old pair of jeans or two that don’t fit anymore? Why not upcycle them into sturdy rug? The shape of the jean legs means you won’t be able to have a rectangular solid blue design, but you can easily cut them into fun and delightful patchwork patterns. Have a go at making a sunburst from two or more colours of jeans, for gorgeous results.
Hand-woven projects always look incredible, especially rugs! Simply use several long poles or sticks secured into place, and weave rope or yarn between them in intricate colourways, much like a tapestry. It might take a bit of time, but the results are well worth it!
All sewists know that you can never throw anything away, and inevitably you’ll have a container full of pretty but impossible-to-use fabric scraps. So, why not turn them into a charming rag rug? There are numerous ways to create one, and innumerable fabric combinations that can be used, so the end result will definitely be something unique to you.
Braids don't have to be limited to hairstyles. In fact, they make fantastic-looking and surprisingly sturdy rugs! To make one, simply weave several braids from fabric scraps, then stick or sew them to a base piece of fabric. The pretty colour weaves will make all your visiting friends and family envious (they will also make fantastic birthday presents!).
Ah, the granny square – something all crocheters know well. They’re often made into blankets, but why not rugs too? There are so many lovely granny square patterns, it’s hard to choose which to go for. You can either make a bunch, then stitch them together, or super-size one with chunky yarn, for an impressive piece that shows off your amazing skills.