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    Toothbrush rug making

    Here is the rug I have been making in my spare time, while travelling mostly.
    I started by making a crochet line of 15 stitches, attached a contrasting colored fabric (green)
    attaching it by wrapping it around the last stitch, making a hole in the end of that strip and
    pulling the rest of that strip thru that hole, without pulling it too hard, just to connect it
    and used that as my fabric post - running it along inside my main fabric, just adding more
    post fabric as I used it up, the burgundy fabric is the main fabric I used to make this rug.
    I cut all my strips at 1 and 1/4 inches wide
    Make a loop using main fabric - mine is burgundy
    Make a chain of loops - the length you want - I used 15 loops
    Add your post fabric - mine is green - make a hole in one end, then pull the rest if that 1 1/4 inch strip thru the hole to attach, add more as required.
    Poke your toothbrush tool thru the previous burgundy loop, lay your post green fabric over the top of the toothbrush tool, wrap around the back of the toothbrush tool and bring to the front, - pull the rest of this strip thru the loop - I increased 2 or 3 loops at each of the 4 corners of the rug, making it oval shape. I placed safety pins at these loops, so my increases would be in line with all the rest of my increased loops. Mine is 40 inches by 30 inches at this time, and I have about 20 more strips to add.

    I hope this will be useful for someone whom would like to make a rug. I used burgundy quilting fabric and the green was an old cotton sheet we no longer used.


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    So basically you crocheted over the green? Do you use the green through the whole rug? I haven't seen anyone use a tool like that? Where would I get one? I will google it and see what comes up.
    I love your rug and love doing these type of projects. Thanks for sharing.
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    This is awesome. Would make a great use for all those extra scrappy pieces you have left. Very nice!
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    I have made lots of toothbrush rugs. My favorite fabric is old double knit polyester. It is a very relaxing and I watch Nexflix or like your said, Donna, while I am riding in the car.

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    So pretty! Thanks for sharing.
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    Here are some directions for the toothbrush rugs:

    http://www.auntphillys.com/
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    Yes, very similar to crocheting, except I like to use a post fabric thru out the process, just gives a little more body and fullness to the finished rug. The toothbrush tool is available at most quilt shops, mine was made by a friends husband by shaping a 6" ruler and putting a small hole in one end.
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    Looks fascinating! My mom used to crochet these...I tried once but didn't follow through. The rug is beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra-P View Post
    So pretty! Thanks for sharing.
    Ditto.......

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    I think your idea of the measurements on the "toothbrush" tool would really help to keep the stitches even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d.rickman View Post
    Here is the rug I have been making in my spare time, while travelling mostly.
    I started by making a crochet line of 15 stitches, attached a contrasting colored fabric (green)
    attaching it by wrapping it around the last stitch, making a hole in the end of that strip and
    pulling the rest of that strip thru that hole, without pulling it too hard, just to connect it
    and used that as my fabric post - running it along inside my main fabric, just adding more
    post fabric as I used it up, the burgundy fabric is the main fabric I used to make this rug.
    I cut all my strips at 1 and 1/4 inches wide
    Make a loop using main fabric - mine is burgundy
    Make a chain of loops - the length you want - I used 15 loops
    Add your post fabric - mine is green - make a hole in one end, then pull the rest if that 1 1/4 inch strip thru the hole to attach, add more as required.
    Poke your toothbrush tool thru the previous burgundy loop, lay your post green fabric over the top of the toothbrush tool, wrap around the back of the toothbrush tool and bring to the front, - pull the rest of this strip thru the loop - I increased 2 or 3 loops at each of the 4 corners of the rug, making it oval shape. I placed safety pins at these loops, so my increases would be in line with all the rest of my increased loops. Mine is 40 inches by 30 inches at this time, and I have about 20 more strips to add.

    I hope this will be useful for someone whom would like to make a rug. I used burgundy quilting fabric and the green was an old cotton sheet we no longer used.


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    I'd like to do one of these with polyester knit, Is there a good way to cut the strips? Don't want to use my rotary cutter or my Go cause I'm afraid it will really dull the blade or die. My hands won't hold up to scissor cutting that much poly so is there an easier way?

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    Sorry, I don't know how to answer your question, maybe cut one strip at a time, and then cut as you need another strip....or ask a friend to help you with your cutting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d.rickman View Post
    Sorry, I don't know how to answer your question, maybe cut one strip at a time, and then cut as you need another strip....or ask a friend to help you with your cutting.
    the strips would need to be narrower due to the thickness of the fabric

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    I use a simplicity rotary cutting machine to cut my double knit polyester. It does not have to be exact width. I just pull it thru as fast as I can. My width is about 1 1/2 inches to 1 3/4 inches.

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    Can the strips be torn? Would that be easier?
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    Torn is how Aunt Philly does it, it is how I do it, and how my cousin who teaches it does it. These are gorgeous when done, true heirlooms in my book.

    The reason it is called the toothbrush method is because toothbrushes used to come with holes in the handle
    My cousin starts her students off with 4 flat sheets so you can see how these rugs could eat down the uglies you bought on sale then realized you wouldn't be caught dead putting it in a quilt

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