Do you have any hints or tricks for how I can sew my own floor mats or rag-rugs? We have two big dogs and go through mats like crazy! It’s getting expensive so I’d like to learn to make my own but haven’t a clue where to begin. Any ideas would help. Thanks.
A great question Marilyn. I’m a dog lover too. We did an entire show on animals and what to make for them. One thing was a dog bed, which our dog, a medium size Lab, really enjoys. In fact, we made three for her and placed them in various locations. She now strolls from one to the other to oversee her domain. The beds can be made from denim, fleece, or heavy cotton and stuffed with fiberfill. It works well.
As for rugs, there are so many possibilities. One of my favorites is a braided rug because it’s so simple to make and can be made out of so many things. If you have lots of panty hose/nylons, they will make a very durable rug. Simply braid three lengths together into long ropes, the closer to the same thickness the better. For variety, add different type fabric for one strand, such as cut up denim (old jeans), scraps of fleece, or anything polyester because it wears so well.
A gadget that makes braiding neater is a stainless steel turning device. When you pull the strands through it, it turns all the edges in, thus making the braids all neat looking. Once you have some braided rope (and by the way, you could use real rope), lace them together with strong nylon thread in a round or oval shape.
This is a very brief explanation of a braided rug but hopefully your dogs won’t be too fussy. The same principle applies if you want to crochet a rug with a very large crochet hook. Anything can be cut into strips, so go for it.