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400 Feet of Sewing!

We recently had new flooring installed in our home and my side entry needed a small carpet. Making rope bowls had been so much fun – why not sew a rug? I started off with two 100 foot skeins of cotton rope. In the washing machine they went with brown dye. Doing a flat surface is a lot of fun and I loved the look of the variegated brown thread I used. When the rope had almost run out, it was clear that the rug wasn’t big enough. Two more skeins dyed and back to the sewing machine!

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The brown variegated thread rant out so I went on to a green/blue variegated thread! Yup – that ran out too! I switched to a brown that matched the rope. The second dye batch did not match the first, so I switched thread again, this time to a dark brown. I lost count of how many bobbins I filled – I’m pretty sure it was about 8! I emptied some spools of thread too!

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The rug is backed with a non-slip material for safety’s sake. The rug is perfect in it’s new home and I surely get a kick out of the fact that I made it!

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This rug was April’s first finish – let’s see what I accomplished in March:

March WIPs

Linking up with: Jo’s Country Junction, Sew, Stitch, Snap, Linky Tuesday, Needle & Thread Thursday, Midweek Makers

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Mega Scrap Project

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So very many scraps! There are six  boxes (14″ x 11″ x 6.5″) filled with fabric pieces left over from other projects.

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I do not cut mine into strips or squares because I do not want to limit their use. They are sorted by color. I randomly chose a bunch of pieces from each box and cut them into 1 1/2″ strips. As you can see, there is no order to this pile! What am I making? A rug! There is a little sewing involved. I sewed the ends of two strips together, then took an open end and added another strip. I kept chain piecing until many were sewn then just clipped them apart. I do not press the strips in half as some do because that is just way too much pressing!

Have you guessed what I’ve made? Fabric yarn! Using a simple single crochet and a large crochet hook, I am crocheting a rectangle that will be a small scatter rug for my guest bathroom. It is amazingly heavy duty and durable and wonderfully colorful. I also just pile the “yarn” in this wonderful basket (I bought at a show – made in Africa) rather than wind it into a ball. I found that it was not necessary to do that and was another timesaver.

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It’s really fun to have a different kind of fabric project that travels well and uses so many fabric scraps!

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