Monday, 28 January 2013

Rug of many colours

I've been a busy little bee today, and the raggy rug is finished, yippeeeeeee :o) As soon as I had eaten my porridge this morning I made a start, with only two outer edges left to finish, I thought I would keep on going to the bitter end. The weather has been pretty dire, windy as heck and it's still cold, then the rain came, so I'm best staying indoors.
I had to stop and cut more strips, then just before the end when I only had a little bit left to do, and only two colours left, I had to stop again and cut a few more strips of different colours. I quickened my pace and sprinted towards the finish, it's a bit like walking a long walk actually. When you can see the end in sight, that is motivation enough to keep going. The measurements are 45 inches by 38 inches, and it's taken me nine days to make it.
This is the back, I think this side looks nice as well. I won't be sewing another backing onto it, it doesn't need it. The rug is quite heavy as it is.

I tried to mix the colours up as best as I could.
Now where shall I put it? It would brighten up my cheerless living room ;o))  but the carpet is already pattened so it looks kind of lost on there.
It goes very well on the dark carpet in the bathroom. Nice and soft to step onto when I get out of the bath, and it wouldn't get wet, because I keep the water in the bath and don't slosh over the sides. Yes, I like it there.
Or should I put it next to the bed on top of the plain green carpet. Also nice to step out of bed onto it. Oh, I don't know, can't make my mind up.
I am very pleased with my creation, it looks lovely, and it cost almost nothing. I already had the backing, and the teeshirts and sweatshirts. Most were mine, old and worn out, some were given to me by a friend who had a clear out, and a couple are what I bought for 20p each at a car boot sale. 
Would I make another one? Well probably not at the moment. It is a good way to pass the time when one is banged up indoors, but it is a lot of work, which although is monotonous, is sort of therapeutic. I switched off and listened to the radio whilst I was working on it. Now I've got to think of something else to do, time to move on and keep busy. Toodle pip.  

48 comments:

  1. Love it! I haven't made a rug like this, but instead crochet fabric ones from recycled sheets and fabric.

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  2. I would be chuffed too if I had made this ,very well done getting it done in the time ,I like it in your bath room I think ....love Jan xx

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  3. Well what a result Ilona! It looks so bright and pretty. Looking through the possible locations I think it looks best by the bed, lovely to put your feet on.
    Wendy (Wales)

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  4. It's gorgeous, and looks lovely beside your bed (and the cat on the bed looks pretty gorgeous, too.)

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  5. That was fast work Ilona. It looks good next to the bed and I think the cat likes it there too. Mind you it also looks nice in the cheerless (haha) living room.

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  6. I really like this rug you have created. Can you say approximately how many t-shirts you used for this size? I need a rug for my bathroom and may just put this on my to do list for it. I vote for the bathroom. :)

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    1. Hi Connie. It's difficult to say how many teeshirts I used. Some of them were not complete teeshirts, they were bits I had left over from previous projects. I also used a sweatshirt, nightie, and skirt, all similar jersey type fabric. At a guess I would say about 12, but it's a rough guess.

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  7. Lovely. I like it in your bath ;o)

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  8. Bedroom I reckon! It looks brilliant now it's finished!

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  9. Love it - I like the look of it in the bedroom.

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  10. Nice one Ilona! Love what you made.
    I put mine in the bathroom.

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  11. it looks fantastic. I would have it next to the bed. gives it a pep of colour

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  12. Well done! Its lovely looking. I think its a nice idea to have it in the bathroom.

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  13. It is funny everyone has their own idea where you should put it. Lol
    My choice s the bedroom.
    Sylvia

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  14. Wow your rug looks great. I can't believe how fast you finished it. It looks good in your bedroom.

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  15. it is stunning and such a good use of recycled fabric - lovely to step out of bed onto

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  16. Nice and skooshy and soft under toes - I think it would be lovely when getting out of bed first thing, what a lovely soft and warm thing to land on

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  17. Rug came out beautifully! I vote bedroom or bathroom...

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  18. I really like that! I will have to get started on mine.

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  19. Oh Ilona, it looks fab! I really want to make one. I'm not as talented as you though. You seem to be able to turn your hand to anything. :)

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  20. Absolutely love it, it looks great :-)

    I vote for the bedroom.

    Toni

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  21. Another vote for the bedroom - it'd be nice to wake up and put your feet on such a colourful and textured rug in the morning.

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  22. What a colourful and cheery rug, I would be "dead chuffed" to make something as lovely. My vote is for the bedroom as well:)

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  23. A lovely rug - well done, Ilona! Best wishes, Anne (South West)

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  24. Brillient upcycling! I vote for by the bed.

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  25. Yipppee the rug is finished, and it looks lovely.
    My vote is for the bedroom. Heidi will also be able to use it as well at the side of your bed. Good job!

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  26. Tis lovely. I think it would be nice under foot when you leap out of bed! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. I vote for by the bed. It brought many happy memories of me as a child with my grandma, Mum and great grandma making these. It looks lovely. Very warm and cosy

    Sue R

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  28. It is lovely! Really stunning!

    I wuld put it where you think you would enjoy it the most :-)

    I put my version under my crafting table so my feet keep warm as I work :-)

    Cw xxx

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  29. That was so quick. You really get stuck in and it looks brill. I bet it feels great underfoot. I must try and be more industrious.

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  30. Your rug is beautiful. I am very impressed by your skills and resourcefulness. I've been looking at rag rugs for a while at Morwhelham Quay and at Beamish Open Air Museum.Not sure I'd ever have the confidence to try making one.

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  31. Love it - and I vote bedroom!

    (is this a vote???)

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  32. Your rug is just lovely and looks great in the bedroom.
    Aussie Cheryl

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  33. Excellent result! I'm also "voting" for the bedroom, as it will make you smile the moment you get out of bed each morning. Very well done, Ilona!

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  34. Gorgeous rug Ilona-well done! I too vote for by the bed.
    Ruth x

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  35. Looks great, I would have it by the side of the bed :)
    Judy xx

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  36. The rug is brill! And the car bodywork thingy as well, I see it at the top of the blog ... did I miss the bit where you finished it? It looks brilliant, love the tassles!

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    1. Hi Sue. If you look back to the 12th January, you will find the post for the thingy.

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  37. Congratulations. I like it. Definitely for the bathroom me thinks.

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  38. A brilliant rug Ilona. I vote for the bathroom, then you can visit it a few times every day and it will make you happy :-)

    Although I must say it looks nice wherever you put it especially in that 'cheerless' living room of yours....lol.

    Sue xx

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  39. Morning from Jan.Rug is brilliant,look good anywhere but sort of cosy by the bed.Must try to do,haven't had chance yet,funny how I can be busy doing nothing isn't it!

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  40. Wow, it looks great. I would put it in the bedroom. :)

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  41. I love how the rug came out. It would great any where, but I liked it by the bed best. (Like a few readers pointed out it would be lovely to step on in the morning.)
    I enjoy doing latch hug rugs, but it never occured to me I could use pieces of rags. I learn something new almost everytime I read this blog. :)
    I also had to tell you, I thought of you the other night when I went grocery shopping.
    I went later then normal and they were marking things down in the deli section. The only thing I bought was a 17oz tub of hummus for $2. (The 10oz wasn't on sale and still marked $4.98!) I've never seen this 'family size' before and suspect it wasn't moving as fast as they liked. Looks like it's crackers and hummus in my lunch box this week. hee.

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  42. It's lovely. It would cost a bomb to buy a rug that size. I might have a go myself. I vote the bedroom.

    Lynn x

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  43. You did a great job on the rug. It's really nice. I would put it by the bed. I think it will be lovely to step out of bed in the mornings and onto the nice warm rug.

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  44. Hello Ilona from house fairy.
    Well done on finishing your rag rug. it looks beautiful and all the better for being almost free. So colourful and cheery.

    Looking forward to you telling us of your next project.
    Every day has a purpose.
    I an still knitting my cardigan in bluebell colour. Adult knits take so long. I try and do a bit every day.

    I was so proud yesterday. I when to the supermarket late afternoon and bought some reduced mince £2.65 for 750g. I an cooking 4 portions of cottage pie with it today.
    2x whole meal loafs 65p each.

    Take care

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  45. Well done. Your rug turned out very nice, lovely colors and a nice big size. It looks good in both the bath and bedroom but I would pick the bedroom.
    Can't wait to see what your next project will be.

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  46. What a beautiful rug! I've been thinking about making a rag rug for ages, but haven't quite managed to get around to it yet.

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