Thursday, December 29, 2016

Using Jersey Knit to Make a Rag Rug

I love making Amish Knot/Toothbrush Rag Rugs with Jersey Knit Fabric, and when I found this jersey knit bed sheet set, I knew I was going to be on Cloud 9!

When I first started making rugs, jersey knit was all that I used. I started with T-Shirts and then moved to recycled bed sheets and fabric. The process is so smooth and the edges of the fabric strips roll so perfectly, you don't see the edges of the fabric in the finished rug!

It is a very different process to prepare fabric strips for a rug made with jersey knit fabric. I NEVER recommend cutting fabric to make a rag rug, EXCEPT for Jersey Knit. Cutting cotton fabric causes very messy, uneven strings on the edges. Tearing cotton fabric causes the edges to have an even, uniform look. You can't tear knit fabric, you have to cut it. How to cut it can be tricky.

When you are using a large piece of jersey knit fabric, you will notice that the fabric has a tendency to stick to itself, making it very difficult to fold without wrinkles and lumps. The best way I have found to work with it, is to keep it straight a little at a time.

To make a rag rug, you will need:

9-10 yards of jersey knit fabric (2-3  bed sheets)
rotary cutter, mat and ruler
Small pair of scissors
(or scissors and a ruler/board)

Here is a pictorial guide for how I prepare jersey knit fabric to make a rug:

Using a bed sheet, fold the sheet in half and then in half again, lining up the edges of the seam as best you can. Don't worry about the fold area even if it is a little lumpy.

Using a rotary cutter and mat with a ruler, cut off the seam edge. Repeat on all sides, refolding if needed until all the seams have been removed.

IMPORTANT: Open the sheet and without stretching the fabric too much, look at the corner of the cut fabric. You will notice the fabric begin to roll. You want to cut the fabric in the direction that will cause the fabric to roll INWARD towards the underside, not outward. Here in the photo below, it is the right hand side, not the bottom side that shows the fabric rolling inward. I will cut the fabric in the same direction of the right hand side (on this fabric). 

Refolding the fabric, line up one bottom edges as best you can. If you are using bed sheets, You may notice that the fabric is not even, or perfectly squared. When the bottom edges of the folded fabric are lined up as much as possible, cut off the excess to make an even edge. Try not to worry about the folded area or the wrinkles in the rest of the fabric.

Here, I have flipped the fabric over before I cut my edges off because of my work space. After you cut off your uneven edges, your fabric should look like this:

From here, mark off 2.5" (or 2" if you prefer narrower strips) and cut one strip at a time.  With each strip, you may need to smooth out wrinkles in the folded area. As you do this, the opposite side will begin to get uneven. Don't worry about that. Just keep cutting, begin sure each bundle of fabric strips you are cutting are as even as possible. 

As you near the opposite edge, you will need to open the fabric, refold it and line it up again. Keep doing this until you can no longer cut an even line the same size as your desired width. Discard the uneven remaining piece.

You should have several stacks of folded fabric strips. You can cut your joining strips now, or one at a time, but it is easier to cut them now. MAKE VERY SMALL SLITS for your joining slits. The fabric will stretch. Barely a snip will do.

Gently pull each strip so that it rolls into a nice long cord like shape (left side)

You are now ready to start your rug!

To start, use the same method as any other fabric. If you don't know how, you can see my video and blog post here:

Visiting my Knotted Rug Help tab at the top of my page will direct you to much more information and lots of tips for making these durable, long lasting, beautiful rugs including how to load the tool, increase, make an oval and more! Or click here for a shortcut:

If you need tools or supplies, check out my Etsy Shop here:

By the way, suppose you accidentally cut your fabric in the wrong direction. Don't worry. Been there, done that. Even though the beautiful fabric had rolled so that the underside showed, i decided to use it anyway and it turned out very pretty!

Happy Rugging!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Amish Knot/ Toothbrush Rug Basket or Hot Pads

This is just a quick post for those who may have purchased a gift set basket or hot pad kit and want a visual aid for forming the knots in a basket.

When you are creating a rug or hot pad, you will be pulling OUT to create the knots. for basket making, when you are creating the walls of the basket, PULL UP and your walls be defined better and the outside rows will look much nicer.

See a video on my Facebook page here: Making knots on a basket

If you want full instructions or a nice gift set for learning how to create rugs, hot pads or baskets, visit my Etsy Shop. Kits come with fabric and instructions.

Whimsies and Rugs on Etsy

Amish Knot/Toothbrush Rugs Gift Set Starter Kits by Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

Happy Rugging!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Add Fringe to Your Knotted Rug

When making a knotted rug using the Toothbrush or Amish Knot technique, you can add fringe to the outside edges for a whole new look!

Rug by fourelevenrox (Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs)

Here's how:

Extra ideas and tips:

*Adding an EXTRA KNOT after you attach each piece of fringe will help to secure it during washings. It may not be necessary, but with some fabrics it will help. If your fringe doesn't knot tightly, go ahead and add that extra knot.

Use several colors or choose one color to compliment the rug.

Using fringe is a great way to extend the size of your rug if you are running low on fabric.

You can increase the size of your rug by 6" when added fringe.

Make your 8" fabric section as wide as you can. Then, cut the 1" strips.

8" strips = 2.5" fringe tails

The rug in the video was 22" before the fringe was added. 100 strips of fabric were used to create the fringe. Finished size with fringe is 28".

Don't forget to check out the other videos and tips for how to create these washable, durable and beautiful rugs! Go to the Knotted Rug Help tab at the top of the page, or just click here:
  More Rug Info

Happy Rugging!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How to Lose the "Stair Step" in your Knotted Rug

When making a knotted rug with the Toothbrush or Amish Knot technique, you must remember that you will be working in a spiral. Each time you come to a full round, you will not meet up exactly with the previous row of knots.
This is no problem when you are creating a rug with many colors in a mixed pattern, but if you want a rug with distinct bands or rows of colors, you will develop what we ruggers call the "Stair Step".

It can be visually distracting for those who want a more even transition with a change of color.

How to lose the stair step in a knotted rug
I've put together a quick video to show how make the color change without the "Stair Step" look.

Each time you want to change colors, You END THE RUG, and then add a new strip/color as above. If you want two different colors, one for the working strip and one for the runner, add the new runner color at the end of your "tail".
To see how I end my rugs, visit this blog post:
End a Rug

Here are some rugs where I have used this technique:
No Stair Step look on these Toothbrush Rugs fourelevenrox - Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

It works on oval rugs too! The trick is to change colors in a different spot each time. This will avoid to much bulk, in the same area of each rug and make the transitions smoother.

Happy Rugging!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Six Toothbrush Amish Knot Rug Tips

For those who may have missed some of my Rug Tip posts, here they are - all in one place:

Follow links under each photo to read more about each tip!

fourelevenrox Amish Knot-Toothbrush Rug tips General Knotted Rug Help

Follow links under each photo to read more about each tip!

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug Tip # 1

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug Tip # 2

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug Tip # 3

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug Tip # 4

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug # 5

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug Tip # 6
Happy Rugging!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Knotted Rag Rug Baskets!

A few weeks ago, I started a rug using some new fabric mixed with recycled fabric. While making it, I realized that the new fabric worked up stiffer than recycled fabric. It was not as soft. That gave me an idea to try making a nice sized basket instead of a rug.

Since then, I have been on a basket craze!

I developed some general basket instructions including some projects to practice.
Then, I got creative and used the basic basket shape to create some fun mini baskets with lids.

Here's a quick video to show you just some of the endless possibilities. I hope it inspires you.
Toothbrush knotting isn't just for rugs!

If you'd like to purchase instructions, visit my Etsy Shop. My basic basket instructions include how to make the bread basket, small round basket and a round casserole dish, Also included is 3 different basket handle ideas! Click Here:

Basket Instructions

and Happy Rugging!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Watch it Grow Rug Series #5 It is Finished!

The oval rug I've been working on is FINISHED!

The completed rug is 61" x 42".

I am so glad that I decided to do this series because blogging about the process slowed me down enough to record important information that will be so helpful for future rugs.

I started with 12 sheets:
1 Queen flat sheet
2 Full flat sheet
9 Twin flat sheet
(Fabric strips left over were approximately the equivalent of  4 sheets.)

5 hours TOTAL time to prepare all 12 sheets for the rug. 
That's measuring and ripping the strips, cleaning the strings from the strips and organizing them all for easy access.

23.5 Hours Knotting Time
I worked on the rug 20 different days taking 30 minutes - 2 hours each day depending on my schedule.

Adjusted Time and Amount of Fabric Used:

23.5 hours knotting time
3 hours fabric prep time (adjusted to reflect the use of 8 sheets)
It took 26.5 hours to complete a rug 61" x 42"

fourelevenrox Watch it Grow 61" x 42" Oval Rug

I used the equivalent of 8 flat bed sheets, various sizes - mostly twin = 33 yards (approx.)
12 colors were used in the rug. 11 pastels, with mostly a cream runner or core strip.

So hard to get a clear, crisp photo of the full size!

Thanks for watching this rug grow with me! Now we all know about  how much fabric and time is needed for a 60" oval toothbrush rug.
If you would like to see the process from the beginning,
click this link: Watch it Grow Rug Series

Saturday, June 18, 2016

ToothBrush Rug: How to Load or Thread Your Rug Needle

This week, I've had two requests for explaining how to put a fabric strip onto a toothbrush rug tool, a/k/a Amish Knot rug needle.

Here's a quick video to explain:
How to load or thread your rug tool -

If you would like to see other tips and tutorials, click on the tab at the top of the page, or use this shortcut -


Happy Rugging!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Two Great Polymer Clay Tips

I love to create.
I love to create tiny things.
I love to share information about things I create.
That's why I started the 4-1-1. It is a blog to share information about many of my passions and interests. Tutorials, links, suggestions and tips-that's why I'm here!

This week, I finished a tea cup garden which has become one of my favorites by far. It is actually not in a tea cup, but in a Sugar Bowl! I named it The Sugar Shack. I used Polymer clay as the base of the sugar yard and also to create tiny chocolate chip cookie stepping stones. 

I've been using polymer clay a lot in my tiny creations. I've played with polymer clay off and on over many years.

Two great polymer clay tips I NEVER KNEW until now:

Clean your hands with Hand Sanitizer! 

No more scrubbing and rubbing with soaps that don't do a thing. Just rub hand sanitizer into your hands, rub off the clay residue, and wipe with a paper towel. Then, wash your hands with soap and water.


Clean off finger prints with Rubbing alcohol and a Q-Tip! really works! Rub gently, it doesn't take much.

Here's a photo of The Sugar Shack...isn't it SWEET?

fourelevenrox tea cup garden via Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs
It is reversible! Front and back view:

fourelevenrox Sugar Shack tea cup garden via Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs
This garden has already sold, but if you want to see more of my tea cup  gardens and little whimsies, visit my Etsy shop! Whimsies and Rugs

Have fun with clay!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Watch it Grow Rug Series #4

I'm on Day 15 of the Oval Toothbrush Rug I've been making. I'm determined to finish it this weekend.

If you want to see the progress from the beginning, you can find the links to the other posts in the Knotted Rug Help tab or click here: Knotted Rug Help

On Day 13 the rug reached 50 x 32".
Time: 19 1/2 total hours included fabric preparation.

I began to notice that I was slowly losing a defined curve on the ends and straight lines on the sides. I know that in the end it will be a more rounded oval than oblong but at the rate it was going, it would   have ended up with a squared off look or an odd circle. Problem? Not enough increases.

I added more increases on the ends and made the knots on the sides really tight. Once the shape I wanted returned, I knotted as usual all around only I continued to increase, increase increase on those ends!

I also began to use 2 strips of the same fabric before I switched colors to keep the color change consistent.

I am going to have a lot of fabric left. I have run out of one color. I know I want to end in the same green as the center, so I have set aside about 15 strips of that color to be sure I have enough.  When I am finished with the rug, I will calculate how much was used and how much I have left over.

Day 15: 19 hours knotting time + 4 hours of fabric preparation.

watch it grow rug series fourelevenrox
2 more days to Watch it Grow!

Happy Rugging!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Watch it Grow Rug Series #3

It is growing!

A few days ago, I started creating what will be a 60" oval knotted toothbrush rug. If you haven't been following along, you can see the first post here : WATCH IT GROW

If you remember, in the beginning I chose not to prep all of the fabric in advance. Last weekend, once I went past the 1/3 mark, I decided to go ahead and prep the rest of the fabric. I knew progress would begin to slow down so having the fabric ready would speed things up a bit. I came up with an idea for storing the prepped fabric strips in a way that would not be messy, not take too much time and still be pretty handy.

I put them all on clothes hangers and hung them on my china cabinet!

fourelevenrox rug fabric strips tip
It took about 4 HOURS to get all 12 sheets torn and the strings removed. After that, I was able to knot without stopping. On Day 7, this was my progress:

fourelevenrox Watch it Grow Rug Series #3
I was not able to work on the rug every day this week. Sometimes, life just gets in the way doesn't it? I am on DAY 10 now of actually working on the rug although it has been almost 2 weeks since I got started. I will not be updating by days as much now, just hours working.

At this point, it takes about 35 minutes to make one complete row. With each row, that time will increase. The rug is now 44" x 26" and it has taken me 13 hours plus 4 extra hours for the fabric preparation. That's 17 hours total.  If I were to stop here, I would estimate that my total time would have been about 15 hours.

fourelevenrox Watch it Grow Rug Series #3 13 hours knotting time 
Only 16" left to go.
Watch it grow and Happy Rugging!!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Watch It Grow Rug Series #2

I'm entering into Day 4 of creating a 60" Oval Toothbrush Rug.

Here is the progress over the last couple of days:

On Day 2, I worked for 2 hours 20 minutes and brought it to 28" x 10".

While I was working, I noticed a problem. One of the fabrics, a light pink print, must have been a tad lighter weight than the rest of the fabric. It did not feel lighter but once I started using it I could see the difference. It knotted tighter which began to make the knots smaller. I didn't see it until I switched to another fabric. I am so glad I did not tear all of the fabric at once! I made a note to begin to tear that particular fabric about 1/4" wider than the other fabric strips (2 3/4" instead of 2 1/2").

A change in fabric weight will change the size of your knots
Then, I had to work at the next few rows to straighten the line back up. I used the fabrics that seemed to knot thicker in that particular area. 

The change in knot size is almost corrected

By Day 3, I had it all straightened out. I worked 55 minutes and brought it to 30" x 12".

On Day 4, I worked for 45 minutes (in the morning) and brought it to 32" x 14".

Total time so far = 6.5 hours

Watch It Grow @ fourelevenrox 60" Oval rug
If you want to see the first post in this series, click here: DAY 1 Watch it Grow

I'll be working on it for several hours this weekend, but progress will begin to slow down as the rug grows larger. That's OK. I'm.......Happy Rugging!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Watch It Grow Rug Series #1

I've starting a new rug this week! This one will be an OVAL Toothbrush Rug 5' (60") long in pastel colors.

 How long will it take?

How much fabric will I need?

How will I balance the colors in this mixed pattern?

I'm curious to know all of this myself, so I will be recording photos and information as I progress.

To start, I have set aside 12 cotton or cotton/poly blend FLAT bed sheets. There are 3 pinks, 3 blues, 3 light greens and 3 ivory or creams (1 is a solid, other 2 are prints). Most of them are twin sheets, 2-3 fulls and at least one queen. I will make a detailed list in another post.

The photo below shows a partial stack of the fabric. At the last minute, I added 2 pinks and another blue.

I have chosen NOT to tear the fabric strips all at one time. With that many sheets, I think it will be less time consuming for me to tear a few strips at a time as I work. I don't have the time or energy to neatly roll up or fold that many fabric strips and I don't want a tangled up mess either.

To begin, I squared up all of the sheets (how to here) and tore 2-3 strips of 2 1/2" fabric from each sheet. I saved the sheet tops to use as core along with the solid Ivory Cream. I will likely need to add more Ivory Cream.

It took almost about hour to get them all squared up, the strips cleaned, and then set up to work.

I started with a 21" base and chose to use one color on the first complete round, a light green print. Then, I began color changes by using a different color one after another. I've gone 4 1/2 rounds so far. I have not used all of the colors yet. It is Approximately 23" x 4" at this point. It was about an hour and a half of knotting work.

60" Oval Toothbrush Rug Starting point: Watch Me Grow @ fourelevenrox
Total time to start the rug: 2 1/2 hours.

Stayed tuned to "Watch it Grow"...

Happy Rugging!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Increasing on a Toothbrush/Amish Knot Rug

Another Technique

Several weeks ago, when I posted a video and blog post to show how to increase on a Toothbrush/Amish Knot rug, I mentioned that I have another technique for increasing.

I don't recommend it to beginners, because it can get tricky with some fabrics. I'll explain shortly.

Here is a link to the most common way to increase, placing two knots into one hole: 

This video shows an alternate approach to increasing for any shape rug.

What's the difference?
Well, with some fabric, putting two knots into one hole may create a larger hole than you'd like to see. The alternate approach closes the gap better.
However, you must be careful that you don't allow the rug to curl up, and you must judge whether you should add the extra knot into the "3rd space". See Below

Increasing on a knotted rug
The "3rd Space", or section, is the area from which you inserted your tool before going back into the previous space to add the increase. Once the increase is made, generally, you should create one more knot in this space. BUT, if the fabric has filled the space, DO NOT ADD A KNOT THERE. Move onto the next space. Otherwise, you will have added too much of an increase and your rug may ruffle if you do it often.
ALSO, if you DO NOT add the knot into that "3rd space" and there IS room, your rug can begin to curl up. You may notice that when you first "go back" into your previous knot to add the increase, you are pulling the row of knots and your rug may momentarily curl up or buckle. Once you have added the increase, it should settle back down flat. If it doesn't become flat again, adjust the knot until it does. You may have tightened it too much or you may have pulled the core too much.
A perfect knot will cause the rug to lay flat.

It takes practice, but once you are comfortable with making a rug, you may just love this technique. It certainly does make for a neater rug!
BTW, I use both methods on all my rugs depending on the fabric and how the rug is progressing. It is a learning process.

For more rug making tips and information, click on the Knotted Rug Help tab above, or click here:

Happy Rugging!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

THE END...of a rug

How I End My Knotted Rugs

Ending a knotted rug.....
How to end a knotted rug from fourelevenrox via Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs
When I come to the end of a Toothbrush/Amish Knot Rug, I end it by pushing the working strip to the back of the rug and tucking it under the last few knots. Then, I gently pull until it is snugly in place. Once I am sure it is secure and has not been pulled too much or too little, I snip the strip. That's it.
Repeat with the runner strip going in the opposite direction.

Here is a video to demonstrate. It is a pretty easy method. The trick is to make sure the end is as least visible as possible. I worked quickly for the video, but generally, I would like for my end to be neater than it ended up being, But you get the idea, right?

Losing the "Stair Step"

I get a lot of questions about how I make the bands or stripes on my rugs so evenly, without the visible "stair step" that occurs when a fabric color is changed. 

stair step look on a knotted rug

No Stair Step on this knotted rug! (via Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs)

I lose the stair step by ending the rug each time I change colors. I don't really recommend this for a beginner. It is a little trickier than it looks in order to do it smoothly. Honestly, the easiest way to avoid the stair step is to use a variety of colors and have fun! But, for those who really want to know how to do it, the next time I make a banded rug, I will create a step by step guide to walk you thru. 

(UPDATE! video and blog post with more detail on how to lose the stair step can be found here:
Lose The Stair Step )

Forget worrying about a stair step on a knotted rug, just make one with lots of color and HAVE FUN!

Happy Rugging!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Toothbrush/Amish Knot Rug: Preparing and Joining Strips

Here's a quick post to walk you through preparing and joining fabric strips to make an Amish Knot (aka Toothbrush) Rug.

I generally use sheets, trimming all four sides to be sure all of my tears will be straight. (Why do I tear and not cut? Find out here)

After trimming all four sides, lay out your fabric on a board for easy measuring. Measuring off 2" or 2 1/2", depending on your preference for the rug, make a small cut with scissors, about 1'-2' long.

Lay out your fabric and make a small cut at every  2" or 2 1/2" interval. Your cut should be about 1"-2" long.
fourelevenrox via Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs
After making the small cut, tear your fabric at each cut about 8"-12" long and then lay every other strip upwards, onto your fabric. It should look like this:

getting ready to tear fabric strips for a rug.
fourelevenrox via Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

Grab all of the strips  on the bottom in ONE hand. With your other hand, grab the remaining strips on the top. You will have half of the fabric in one hand, the other half in your other hand.

It is best to go outside to tear the rest of the fabric. Tearing fabric creates A LOT of dust.

If you have help, give one of the handfuls of fabric to your partner and you keep one handful in your hands. Using hand over hand motions or simply walking away from each other, each of you should PULL away from each other until all of the strips are torn. Then, simply rake your hands thru the strips to destring them, which means to get rid of all the loose threads you have just created.

If you don't have a partner to help you tear fabric, there's an alternate method in the video below.

Once you have torn your sheet or fabric, the end of the video shows how to join the strips using the slit method. You also use the slit method to start a rug. How to start a Round Rug here: ROUND RUG

I hope this blog post and video was helpful.
Happy Rugging!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Amish Knot/Toothbrush Rug Tip #6

TEAR don't cut your fabric strips!

I've had many people ask why I tear, rather than cut my fabric strips when making an Amish Knot/Toothbrush Rug. The answer is simple. Tearing the strips gives you a neater looking rug. 

Let me illustrate...

Two Strips of cloth, from the same cotton fabric. The one on the left has been torn into a 2" strip. The one on the right was cut with a (new) rotary cutter to 2" wide. Looking at it, it seems that the cut strip looks neater. But actually, it will become very messy!

fourelevenrox via whitehouse whimsies and rugs: torn vs cut fabric strips

When your fabric is torn,the tear is going with the grain of the fabric.Yes, it will have strings, but after pulling the strings off (de-stringing your strips) you are left with an even, soft edge. 

When cutting the fabric, you are not cutting with the grain. No matter how hard you may try. The strings that are produced are mixed, short and long and the strings are very uneven.

Cutting your fabric strips may work when you crochet a rug, because you will only be working the strip when you actually make the stitch. But with the knotting method, your fabric strips will be going in and out, in and out, in and out, several times through several holes before you get to the end of the strip. That's a lot of friction on the edges of the strip!

When you tear your strips, though you may need to pull a string occasionally, the edges will remain even. With cut strips, they become ragged.

fourelevenrox via whitehouse whimsies and rugs: torn vs cut fabric strips
You can see the difference in this rug starter. The one on the left, torn strips. The one on the right, cut strips.

fourelevenrox via whitehouse whimsies and rugs: torn vs cut fabric strips
It may not look like much on this small start, but different fabrics fray at different levels. Some fabrics may be much worse, others not as bad. But an entire rug with strings is not what I prefer. Some people like that look. I prefer a neater looking knotted rug.

So....I tear my fabric strips. Yes, it is a lot of work, But I think it is worth the extra effort.

On my next post, I'll give you some tips for tearing the strips. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, remember:

fourelevenrox via whithehouse whimsies and rugs: Rug Tip #6
Note: I tear cotton and poly/cotton blend fabrics. When working with T-Shirts or jersey knit fabric, the fabric MUST be cut. It's almost impossible to tear it. I will post soon about prepping T-shirts and jersey knit strips.

BTW, I often have rug kits, starters and fabric for sale in my Etsy shop....with torn de-stringed fabric. check out my inventory here. I try to add items weekly: Rug Starters and Kits

For a closer look at the de-stringing process and how to prepare your fabric strips, this BLOG POST gives more info

For more rug tips, click here: RUG TIPS

Happy Rugging!

Friday, February 19, 2016

So You Wanna Make A Knotted Rug

You've seen videos on how a knotted rug is made.

You've seen cotton fabric rag rugs in all sorts of colors and with all types of patterns.

You've got tons of old bed sheets and linens you really need to get rid of. Or a slew of T-shirts with stains or that have been out grown.

So, you wanna make a knotted rug.

I'll show you some inside looks of getting started on a t-shirt rug in another post soon. This post is just a little visual aid to give you an idea of what you will need to do to prepare your fabric. I have lots of tips here on my blog, and my Amish Knot rug instructions give more details, but the first thing you need to do is prepare your fabric.

You will need at least 2 bed sheets, maybe 3. Flat sheets are best, a twin and a queen are a good combo for a small rug. You won't have enough fabric with only 2 twins.

Be prepared, it is going to make a MESS!

Spread your fabric out, snip the edges to your desired width and tear (DO NOT CUT) your fabric into strips.

fourelevenrox via Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

You will have a heap of strings and strips. Your strips will need to be cleaned, as many of the strings removed as possible.

Preparing fabric for a rug from fourelevenrox

This may take awhile, and doing it outdoors is best because it creates a lot of dust. (Sometimes I wear a mask while tearing and de-stringing)

You will need to do this with each sheet.

Fabric strips destringed and ready to make a rug fourelevenrox

Snip a small slit near the edges of each strip, about 1/2 inch from the end. Do this for each sheet.

You can plan for this to take at least an hour, probably more if you have a sheet with a lot of strings or you want to do a really thorough job. It takes me at least 2 hours to prepare all of the fabric for a rug kit with a starter. Longer if it is a larger rug.

You are now ready to knot! Your rug will take several hours to create, depending on the size.

Need a refresher on how to start or make your knots? Check out my videos  or blog posts.

If you love the idea of making a rug, but don't love the idea of prepping the fabric, I sell various rug kits with the fabric already torn into strips and de-stringed. A starter is included and I give written instructions with each kit. To see what I have available or to request a custom order, check out my Etsy shop. We also make and sell the tools.

one sheet cleaned and ready to have the edges clipped

enough fabric to make a small rug, all de-stringed for you  in our rug kits at Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

a starter comes with each rug kit from Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

To learn more about WHY you should tear, not cut your strips, check out this blog post: RUG TIP # 6

Happy Rugging!