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Turkey Tracks:  March 2, 2013

Braided Rug Using Sheets

Not long ago I replaced old sheets.

But I couldn’t bear to throw away the old sheets.

What about a braided rug for the front door?  The rug I have there to catch wet, muddy boots is getting very thin and worn.

I cut the sheets  into 2 1/2 to 3-inch strips using the pinking blade on a rotary cutter.

They made A LOT of strips.  Two packed grocery bags full.

Weeks ago, I dragged out the hand loom and set up the woof strips using the sheet strips.  That sat around for a bit before about 10 days ago.

Here’s the work of one night.   You can see the FULL brown bags.

Rug Sheet project 1

Here’s a close-up of the braiding.  The sheets are packing in tightly, which is nice.

Rug Sheet project 2

I got bored with the plain colors and rummaged around and found some pre-cut strips left over from using them in one of the crocheted rugs.  Aha!  The addition of color made me smile.   These rugs, or placemats, get worked from both ends until you meet in the middle.  Note that the strips in the bags are not diminishing very fast…

Rug Sheet project 3

A little more progress.   Here it is a few nights later.

Rug sheet project 4

Here’s the rug finished:

rug Sheet Project finished

It looks so nice at the front door.  And, it’s sturdy and will wash well.  The sheet strips are not going to fray much.

But, I still have A LOT of strips:

Rug Sheet Project Leftovers

So, here I go again…

Rug Sheet Project 5

If I have strips after this second rug, I’ll make some placemats on the smaller loom…

Written by louisaenright

March 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm

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  1. So fun to watch you make the rug and it turned out so cute!

    Susan Heath

    March 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

  2. Wondeerful! I love it!!

    June Derr

    March 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

  3. I havw the same loom – my granddaughters are making a denim rug! Will have to remember “sheets” when they finish the rug!!!

    sandy manzel albers

    March 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm

  4. Louisa – I have waited some time before expressing my sadness about John’s passing. Since I do not know if this comment is seen by you privately or automatically goes out to the world, I will make this brief. If I can communicate privately with you, please contact me at richardgm91@gmail.com.

    I admire your energy and I suspect John and your friends respect your wisdom about living a healthy and earthly life. My thoughts are with you and your family.


    Richard Maynard

    March 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm

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