Guest Author - Christine Dux
Rug Size: 17 X 27 1/2
Fleece is a great material to work with and comes in a wide variety of colors. This is a fun rug to make and works well in low traffic areas such as the bedroom.
You will need:
A 3.75 Rug Canvas large enough to cut down to 17 x 27 1/2
A size 8 knitting Needle
2 1/2 yards 60 fleece - wash and dry before using
Thread to match the color of your material.
Pinking Sheers (optional)
Cutting the Rug Canvas:
Cut the Rug Canvas to 17 X 27 1/2. When cutting, try to cut along the line of the canvas, so you have a fully closed square on the edge of the canvas.
Binding the Rug:
Cut two 1 X 28 and two 1 X 17 1/2 strips of fabric.
Starting at the bottom of your rug, fold ½ of a 28" strip over the front side of the canvas and ½ of the strip over the backside of the canvas. Each end of the strip should slightly overlap the corner of the canvas.
Using a sewing machine, sew the strip 3/8 from the outside edge using matching thread.
Sew a 28" strip to the top of your rug, following the instructions above.
Trim the excess fleece at the corners so that it is even with the edge of the canvas.
Sew a 17 1/2" strip on the left side of the rug, overlapping the binding at both the top and the bottom.
Sew a 17 1/2 "strip on the right side of the rug, overlapping the binding at both the top and the bottom.
Trim the excess fleece at the corners.
Once you have all of the binding sewn on, sew around the entire rug, one more time, 2/8 from the outside edge.
The shag of this rug, hides most of the binding.
Cutting the Fleece:
Cut strips 1/2 wide from the fleece.
Cut strips into 3 pieces. Pinking sheers can be used for this step.
Start along the binding in the lower left or right corner.
Working from the back side of the canvas, using your knitting needle, take one 1/2x3 strip and press one end into the first hole.
Pull about ½ the strip through the hole.
Again, working from the back side of the canvas, using your knitting needle, press the other end of the strip through the second hole of the canvas.
Continue working along the same row. Do not skip any holes.
If you get to the end of the row and there is only one hole left, Push one end of the fabric through the remaining hole and the other end of the fabric through the hole above it.
After you have completed each row, turn the rug over and pull each strip so that both sides of the strip are even.
Once the rug is complete; you can trim it if you have some strips that are longer than others.
Enjoy your rug!