For years I shopped. For years I settled. The store-bought throw rugs I found were just boring. So one night in a frenzy of sewing, I decided to make my own.
I started small– a little quilted shower mat for our guest bath room. The backing is a soft old towel. On the front, I stitched a piece of a much-loved 1950s tablecloth. And stitched again–dozens of rows of parallel stitching hold it all together. I added a striped band with mitered corners to finish the edges. And just for fun, one applique breaks up the lines.
Sturdy, washable, unique enough to get noticed–I love this little rug.
I immediately wanted more–
Dating from the 1930s to the 50s, printed feed and grain sacks are a great source for vintage fabrics.
This blue flower print is especially beautiful . A large print for a feed sack, it was still stitched up on three sides when I bought it–not cheap but under $10 bucks.
The other sack that I turned into a rug isn’t old…but it’s very interesting. I love the art, bright colors and words on used burlap coffee sacks. They’re cheap–I buy them by the armful at the Scrap Exchange in Durham. (If you don’t know this creative reuse center, check it out–a wonderful store–a great mission and their warehouse fabric sales are a dream come true.)
The towel backing makes the burlap absorbent. And the designs are a lot of fun. My husband loves the crown.
To keep my rugs from slipping–a layer of that footy-pajama material is sown to the back. I also anchor them completely with a rug mat.
If you’d like to know more about rescuing and recycling fabrics like these grain and coffee sacks, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And see more of my vintage fabric creations at www.kikisrewinddesigns.com