Many of you have asked me how to make a rectangle rug.
Some have asked me to make one for them.
My answer, usually? I HATE Rectangles! lol
So why did I try again?
I have been toying with the idea of making a rectangle using a different approach than the traditional method, the method I do not like. I tried this "new" way a couple of years ago by creating a small trivet, just to see if it would work. I like this method much better! I have often thought about making a full size rug since then, but never had the motivation.
Well, this week, I was inspired to make a series of rugs, 4 in all, dedicated to the Beverly Hillbillies.
It started with a stack of fabric I was hoarding and an idea to make a rug in a primitive style rather than my usual cottage style. A follower on Facebook said it should be named Jethro because the fabrics reminded her of him. That's all it took. I knew I would make a rug that reminded me of each of the characters of the show. (I'll post about that when I finish them all)
For "Granny's Rug", I decided to use gray fabrics since she wore a drab grey dress often. And the shape? A rectangle using a variation of the GRANNY square used in crochet! That was the method I devised a couple of years ago but never made a full size rug with the idea. This was the perfect time.
Once I got started and as I began to work out the kinks, I thought it was the perfect time to make a video to show you how to do it should you want to try.
I DO NOT recommend this for beginners. But it is something worth trying if you are really determined to make a rectangle rug.
If you are a beginner, visit my Knotted Rug Tab at the top of my page or click here for help in getting started: Toothbrush Rug Help
If you need a tool or a starter kit, visit my Etsy Shop here: Whimsies and Rugs
The video below is long. I tried to include several tips and show how to work on several sections including the beginning, the increasing on the corners and ending. Plus, I explain the more traditional way of making a rectangle rug using the Toothbrush Rug method.
I hope it helps answer questions and get you started should you decide to give it a try.