Who Wants To Do a Braid-A-Long?


I have been getting a lot of traffic lately and questions about that t-shirt braided rug I did last year (see the sidebar) and thought now might be a good time to do a fun sew-a-long (Braid-A-Long) with a braided rug as our feature!  So who’s in?

And what better timing to get rid of some MORE t-shirts!!! It snowed today so I’m all for  staying inside and braiding in front of the television, maybe catch up on a few episodes of the new Project Runway All-Stars!

This sew-a-long will begin NEXT Friday (the 24th of February), which should give you enough time to gather all those old t-shirts you’re not wearing and want to get rid of!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. 15-20 t-shirts (this will give us enough rope to braid a rug about 30-36” in diameter)
2. A sewing machine (you can do this by hand if you really need to)
3. All Purpose Sewing Thread
4. Scissors
5. Rotary Cutter Mat
6. Rotary Cutter and ruler (or straight edge, something at least 2 inches wide and 20″ long)
7. A new sewing needle, Universal (#80, or #12)
8. A clamp

That should be about it.  So pull out those old running shirts, those soccer shirts, those knit scraps, that volunteer shirt you got from way back when and let’s braid!

So who’s in?


6 thoughts on “Who Wants To Do a Braid-A-Long?”

  1. I would love to learn how to do this as my dear 96 year old grandmother, who passed away 20 years ago, used to make these. I have two of her rugs and treasure them 🙂


  2. Cathy, thank you for so much for providing thorough tutorials on this project. I have just started my own rug using your instructions. A question for you – do you suppose I could use clear monofilament thread on this project?


    1. I don’t see why not. I’ve not used it but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work! Good luck on your rug! I’d love to see it once you’re done!


  3. I am a couple of years late but I have gotten myself into a project that has taught me quite a lot. I made myself a small round braided rug. A friend saw it and wanted me to make him a rectangle shape 6 ft x 4 ft. Sure I said no problem. After a month of trial and error I have finally figured out the method that works best.. I used a beach towel for a backing, two oversize beach towels actually. I started with my ball of braid and sewed the first braid to the side of one towel. The towel is 6 ft long. I continue to sew the braids row by row until I reach 4 foot wide. That is my hope to reach the 4 foot wide mark. I am only into about a foot so far. Wish me luck. It is looking good though. Nancy


    1. That’s great Nancy!!! What a terrific modification to get a larger rug. And won’t it be just so soft on the underside and absorbent too! Great Job!


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