Crocheted and Braided Rugs DIY

This post is one of the final posts that needed updating. When I first wrote this post, I thought maybe someone would be interested in the pamphlet on these crocheted rag rugs. But, as I started my research on rag rugs I was pleasantly surprised how easy these rugs are. There are many ways to make rag rugs and this post will show a few of the techniques. I watched a few videos on making rag rugs and became totally enthralled with them. I have a bunch of fabric that I don't know what to do with, but I think now I will attempt to make a pretty rag rug. You might be interested in making one too.

Before I start my dialogue on these beautiful rugs, I'd like to show a few posts from Cafe' Hoffy. Now that I finally have the hang of how blogs work, I like to feature a few more of the posts that have been updated...
Cute Baby Hoodies
I love to crochet. I even started a little business selling all my crocheted items. I'm hoping to have Cafe' Hoffy's sister website called "Handmade by Hoffy" up and running later this fall if all goes well. This little hoodie is very easy to make. I've made several of them. The Orange Blossom afghan is one of my favorites. I love the varying sizes of the granny squares. If you love to crochet, check out my "Blossom Afghan" post. There's lots of cute ideas using granny squares.
Cranberry Orange Bread
Layered Ice Cream Cake
Making quick breads are so easy. I make lots of them around the holidays. One of my favorites is Cranberry Orange bread. I usually give small loaves to family and friends for Christmas. This recipe is a keeper.  Who doesn't love ice cream cake. This cake is made with ice cream sandwiches. It's a very easy recipe and everyone always raves about it!

If interested in visiting other posts from Cafe' Hoffy, just click on the "More Recipes" or "More Crafts" below. You will be redirected to both indexes for...
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The above pamphlet is an oldie but goodie. I saved this from oh so many years ago thinking that someday I would like to make one. Although this pamphlet is out of print, you can purchase it on Amazon, just click the blue button above.
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How to get your supplies together...
As I was researching for this post, I found this website, Grit.com. Her tutorial on getting your fabric ready for making the rag rug is great. I found her explanations on everything were simple to understand and made the whole process easier.
From cutting strips to getting the strips ready to use, her instructions are great. After the fabric is prepared, then it's time to attach the strips and make your fabric balls.
Once the balls of fabric are ready, then it's time for braiding or crocheting and actually starting the process of making the rag rug. You can check out her website Grit.com by clicking on her logo below. 
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So after checking out Grit.com, I came across another series of videos on making rag rugs. This video is from Erin Halvorsen. It shows the lost art of rag rugs. I don't know if you've ever purchased a rag rug at a craft show or even tried buying them online, but they are very expensive. These days people don't have time to do things that were done everyday years ago. But a hobby is always a great way to relax. Erin's technique is very easy. If interested stop by and see her website, "The Brooklyn Refinery" and "Rag Rugs by Erin"... Below are her four videos on how to make rag rugs. Well worth the watch!
        
   
 
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My next stop was to a website called "Rags to Rugs". What a great website. Who ever designed it gets kudos from me.  Very streamlined and easy to navigate. She also had a video on making sure that the transition from one color round to another color round is not noticeable. Her technique is easy and makes all that work on a rug look professional. The video is right after her beautiful rug samples below. If you have time, check out her website. She has many categories including: Fabric, Twine Weaving, Jute Rugs, Beginner Kits and The Bargain Bin. If interested, just click on her logo below and you will be redirected to her website...
Here are a few of her beautiful rag rugs. So many colors and so beautiful. Makes you want to make one as soon as you can...
For those of you that would like to see how Lora transitions from one color row to another color row, here is her video on making that transition...
How to Transition from one color row to another color row like an expert!
Once again I suggest everyone check out these videos on rag rugs. They piqued my interest and I thought I would share them with people that might be interested also...
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I always add Pinterest "Pins" to my posts. There are so many websites out there with such interesting projects, ideas and recipes and Pinterest has given us a social website to find all the things we love. It also helps all those that blog or sell items online.

I have spent the last couple of months updating my website and my Pinterest "Pins". It was definitely a mammoth project to work on. But, I'm retired and it has been just like going to work everyday. Actually I never considered it work, it was just plain fun!  I'm almost to the end of all the updates and can hardly wait to start adding new and interesting posts. 

I try to place "Pins" that relate to the subject of the post. This post was especially fun to do. I love working with fabric and crocheting. If you would like to check out my "Saved Pins" on Pinterest, just click on my photo below and you will be redirected to those pins.  Also, I've organized the boards to make it easy to find anything. If you are interested in "Crocheted" rag rugs visit my "Crochet Board-Sub Category "Rugs". There's lots of ideas for rugs made out of yarn as well as rugs made out of fabric.
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Here are a few "Pins" from Pinterest that I believe would be of interest to people who are interested in rag rugs or crocheted rugs... 
Bedsheet Rag Rug
Pretty Little Rug - "Free Pattern"
DIY Rug & Pattern
DIY Rug and Tutorial
Crocheted Round Beauty - "Free Pattern"
Scalloped Round Rung - "Free Pattern"
Bedsheet Rag Rugs DIY
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I thought I would add a few more Cafe' Hoffy posts. Sometimes I think it's overkill, but different strokes for different folks...this time they will all be recipes!
Pink Lemonade Margarita
Sour Cream Banana Cake-"The Best"
Strawberry Checkerboard Pie
Everybody Loves Bread
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I have to say that this post is one of my favorites. Such beautiful rugs and you can make them yourself. I know everyone is very busy, but truly a hobby is a really good thing, especially crocheting. There's something about it that calms people down. So, if you're looking for a hobby, this one might be the one for you!
Always remember..."Life's short, eat dessert first!"...words to live by!
Here's a great idea from "It's a Wonderful Life " Blogspot... 
Tired of paying for those cleaning wipes for your kitchen? They can get pretty expensive. "It's a Wonderful Life" Blogspot has a great idea. Check out her website for details on this very practical and inexpensive way to have those handy wipes always there ready to be used.

Items needed:
  1. An empty coffee container
  2. Pinesol or Mr. Clean or any other cleaner that you use
  3. 1 paper towel roll (preferably something like Brawny)
Cut the paper toweling in half. This isn't the easiest, but if you use a good serrated knife, it will be a lot easier. Mix 1/2-3/4 cup of your favorite cleaning solution with 2 1/2 cups of water. Pour solution over the paper towels in a empty coffee container. Don't remove the cardboard cylinder in the paper towels. Let set for a few hours. Pull out cardboard cylinder and viola' you have handy wipes for your kitchen. Cover with coffee container top and store under your sink. That's it! What a great idea...Thank you "It's a Wonderful Life" Blogspot.
*Note: you can also use any tupperware or plastic container with a cover. It's totally up to you.