Braided Rug Instructions

by Debbie and Chuck Holcomb

Hi Folks,

Debbie just completed a braided rug, and I thought some of you might be interested in making your own, if you haven't already figured out how to make one.

Here's what you'll need:

Embroidery floss in your choice of colors (3)
Rubber cement
Straight pins.
Piece of felt, muslin or other fabric, for backing.
Piece of cork or foamcore

It's pitifully easy to do. Cut three strands of floss (with all 6 strands in them, unless you really want to mix colors!). As a guide, I made a round rug, about 3" in diameter, using about 3 feet of each color.

Braid your strands into one continuous braid, and tie off both ends.

Lay out your piece of cloth onto the cork or foam core. Apply a dab of rubber cement to the center of the cloth, stick one end of the braid to it, pin it in place, and snip off the knot. Start forming your spiral, in whatever shape you want; usually a circle or oval.

Working your way around the spiral, apply narrow bands of rubber cement, sticking down the braid and pinning it in place as you go, to keep it from slipping when you pull it tight.

When you reach the end of the braid, carefully apply an extra dab of cement to it, just behind the knot, and snip the knot off. Tuck the knot under the edge of the last row of the spiral, making a smooth edge.

Lay a piece of plastic wrap over the rug, and apply a weight (not too heavy...about a pound or so) to ensure a secure bond with the fabric

Let set for a couple of hours, then you can trim the fabric or felt back to the edge of the braid. Careful you don't cut your braid, though!

Have fun!

Chuck Holcomb

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Last updated on: Friday, March 28, 1997.