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DIY Home Decor: Make your own Rope Rug

teacher avatar Stine Wiemann, Freelance Graphic Designer & Photographer

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7 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. 00 intro

    • 2. 01 materials

    • 3. 02 fabric

    • 4. 03 sewing

    • 5. 04 Making

    • 6. 05 consider

    • 7. 06 conclusion

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In this 15-minute-course I guide you through the process of creating a lovely Rug made of rope and fabric strips. It's surprisingly simple to do and truly addictive.

Even if you have just started out sewing this project is suited for you - you don't need fancy equipment or expensive materials: A very simple sewing machine, rope and jersey or cotton fabric scraps will do.

I will show you in this course where to get all materials, how to prepare your sewing machine and workspace and what to consider when making fabric strips (or t-shirt yarn) yourself. This is a wonderful project to give old clothes, bed sheets or fabric scraps a second chance.


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Stine Wiemann

Freelance Graphic Designer & Photographer


Stine is a freelance graphic designer & photographer based in Germany. She graduated from the University of Marburg, Germany with a masters degree in Fine Arts, Literature & History - since then she worked on her doctoral thesis, founded her paper goods label "sonst noch was?" and worked as a freelancer.

She now lives with her small family near Cologne, Germany in a small village and loves searching for special moments in everyday life to capture with her camera.

Being originally from Northern Germany she misses the Sea anytime she hasn't visited it for longer than 2 months and has a soft spot for great Typography.

Stine's photos & paper goods are sold all over the world through her two etsy shops, several other online shops and brick and mortar store... See full profile

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1. 00 intro: Hi, My name is Dina. I am a freelance graphic designer and photographer based in Germany. Today I would like to show you in this class how to create your own Roe. Brock might off rope fabric scrubs on your sewing machine. Working with rope to correct textiles is a technique that has been around for a very long time. There are protective garments that date back to the 14th or 15th century and that were worn under China. And of course, this technique was also used to make baskets beehives or the famous s pontrello shoes that used so new T rope soled since the 14th century. This class I will show you how to use this technique to create a lovely Iraq. You can use fabric scraps to rub around the robe. Ready? Made yourself my T shirt yarn or no for brick. It'll we will go through each stab indeed, 10 so that you are well equipped to start your own project. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the common section. And of course, I would love to see your finished project, whether it's a coaster placement on actual Iraq. So off we go 2. 01 materials: First of all, let's talk about which kind of tools and materials you will made and where you can get. Um, you will see that there's no need for expensive stuff. For example, you don't need a fancy sewing machine. A very basic one will do. I have an old one from the fifties from my grandma, and it's really simple, but it's sturdy and strong and perfectly suited for this job as well. Meanwhile, a switch to a new W six that you can see in the videos, but all your machine needs for this pro jack is a six extension. In my experience, even the very simple ones do have that you can use almost any kind of fabric, but I recommend jersey or cotton fabrics that aren't too sturdy. Quilting, white cottons, light white jeans, fabrics or simple jersey work best in my experience, because that can be easily wrapped around the rope. You will need to cut all revert into strips that are approximately one and 1/4 inches or 2.5 centimeters wide. Off course. You can make them smaller, y know. With those measurements work best for me. So far, it's getting fast progress without being hard toe burglary. You can use old fabric scraps and leftovers from other projects. You can rip old clothes the part or buy ready made fabric. I'm a step work with two old jersey but sheets that I ripped apart. They are made from light blue jersey that's Warner than thin and had some holes in it. But it's great to work with and that otherwise would have been thrown away from these I might. My textile yarn and I will show you how to do that yourself in the next chapter of this class. When we prepare the fabric after you have either made or board your fabric or your T shirt yard, the next important thing to tie Qiao is the road I used to seven millimeter rope. Better board online. I test the different sizes, and this is the thickest my sewing machine could deal with. Of course, you will have to see which side you machine can handle. You can put forward of pep works under your sewing foot and see which is the thickest that your machine can so through. Or you can try to lift up your sewing foot and measure the distance between your sewing foot on metal plate on for rock that's 1.5 meters in diameter. You need approximately 125 meters room, but there's a fancy way to calculate that. But I didn't do the moth. This is just my experience. And of course it will be a bit different, depending on the kind of fabric you use and how tired you. So you're rope together. The general rule of thumb is that you need way more rope than you expect, and I would advise to buy rather more than this. Selling rocks is truly addictive, and you normally get a bulk discount if you buy bigger quantities. But if you would first like to test it, you should start with 50 meters and then buy more if you need to. I always find it frustrating when I have to stop it projected by new material, so I tend to Overstock a bit. But you should definitely do whatever you are comfortable with. Besides that, you will only need scissors, and really simple systems will do, and you will also need one or two fresh needles for your sewing machine. They get worn down a bit by the happy duty job, so make sure to have a spare needle ready. I use a normal needle, but a jeans needle is a good choice. Also, it's my toe last longer and their risk off a breaking needles a lot smaller than with the universal use one. So make sure to have both, if you can. If you have some spare bobbins as well, I would recommend winding them up beforehand so that you can simply which one needed and don't have to interrupt. So in your rock, when you have got that AL you materials, it's time to prepare your fabric strips so that you can start. So again we will do that in the next movie. 3. 02 fabric: now let's step into the process of creating fabric strips. As I said before, I am using an old bad shade, but the process is the same. Whatever peace and sold of fabric you use. First of all, let's make out bad. Shed a flat piece of fabric by removing all the darts and seams. If you're cutting old clothes or something similar, you will also have to cut the fabric open. As you can see, I do that rather quickly in rough. It's not necessary to spend a lot of time on doing seems because in the end did one show in the rock. It's also not important to cut exactly one and 1/4 inches or 2.5 centimeters, but rather is suggestion. If you're a strips very but in size, that's no problem at all. So don't bother about that too much. Since we don't need a continuous drip of fabric, but rather strips that are approximately 40 to 50 inches or 1 to 1.5 meters long, we can simply cut small pieces off the fabric. If you would like to make one long piece of yarn, for example, if you would like to use it for other pro checks, Lycra shedding or knitting a smile. You can cut the fabric in Romans like just like I did here for fabric yarn that you used for knitting or crocheting. Stretching the jersey after cutting is a crucial step because it makes it public strip roll up, but for our purpose. We want it nice and flat, so take care not to stretch it too much. When working with cotton fabrics, you can either cut them or rip them into strips. Ripping is a lot faster, but the fabric tends to frame. Or if you're going for a very clean look off your rock, I would recommend to cut it. Of course, that depends on your chosen fabrics, and you should definitely try it out. If you own a rotary kata and cutting Matt, you can speed up the cutting process by falling your fabric and cutting the whole bulk into strips with a straight edge. And that's it. You already for sewing now, and I will show you how to prepare your machine for doing that in the next film, 4. 03 sewing: First of all that set up this sewing machine and you will need is exact stitch, which is program be one in my machine on I chose I stitch length that is approximately in the middle off what my machine can do. And then I choose the widest zik Zak Stitch possible, which is 6.0. In my case, you will have to figure out, of course, which stitch length and with you need in your machine. But you can roughly go with the widest stitch possible on the length is right about in the middle. Next, interview fresh genes. Needle into your machine or standard one. If you prefer that and equip your machine with some good threat in a color that suits your fabrics. Graphs. I use a general purpose. 100% polyester threats. There's nothing fancy required. Make sure you have some spare bourbons at hand so that you don't have to interrupt its so into march and basically you're ready to go 5. 04 Making: Having prepared your sewing machine and having old and rope and epics graphs at hand, we can start sewing the actual her AAC. For this, you will have to wrap some fabric around the end of the rope and my children cover everything so that there's no rope visible. As you can see, I'm using my Josie fabric and I always have to straighten it a bit. Josie doesn't fry, but as I said before, it tends to roll up and so you have to make it flat before you can actually wrap it around the rope. If you'd like, you can secure the fabric with some stitches, but I found it not necessary. So I just skip this step. Go on wrapping for five or six inches and then you can form a tight circle that you can then sew together. Always make sure to do so through both ropes to connect them. It helps to keep the gap right in the middle of your sewing fraud as an orientation. As you can see, I'm using the raw data and a lot of stitches in the beginning to secure the second, I once didn't say we'd tight enough and it looked messy. And so now I always tend to make more stitches than are necessary, I guess. After you have secured the first rows and come to the end of your fabric wrapped rope. Just stop sewing and start running again. Make sure to give yourself enough space to work. I recommend leaving two or three inches of wrapped rope on stone so that you can comfortably go on winding your fabric. So that's basically it wrapping and wrapping and wrapping. And so the whole secret of making this rock, there are only two or three things to keep in mind and we will talk about them in the next lesson. 6. 05 consider: as you've seen, it's really, really easy to. So this robe rock there are only a couple of things to keep in mind. First of all, it's crucial to keep the rock level with this sewing machine. You may have wondered about my sewing set out when why I would have that wooden box and a book next to my machine. It's all simply to keep the rock level when it gets bigger. If you don't do that, you basically end up sewing a bowl and your rock want life flat on your floor. So keep in mind that you will probably have to improvise a bit by putting your sewing machine on a table next to a table or something like that to keep your rock level with the machine. In my case, I switched to sewing on the floor once my rock was, too, because the box set out because we have a small step in the living room that's just perfect for my machine. Now let's talk about how do you insert a new strip of fabric. If you have reached the end of a fabric strip, simply talk the new one under the old one and keep on wrapping and sewing. It really is that simple, and you don't have to worry too much about frying ands or something like that. Just keep on sewing, and everything will look neat and tidy. If your actual rope ends and you have to go on with a new one, simply connect the ropes by a rapping and types trip around them and you're good to go. And finally, if you want to finish your rock, cut the rope and rapid and sticky type so that it won't fray, then covered completely with fabric. Just like I have shown you for the start off the rock and stitch it in place with your sewing machine, I recommend a solid amount of backtracking XYZ just to avoid the end coming, lose over time, and so you have a finished rog. 7. 06 conclusion: I hope you injured this class and got inspired to Michael Rowe. Brock yourself. It's a wonderful project to give some fabrics, grabs or old clothes or one on bad sheets of second shines. And you really take some time to prepare the fabric and sew it altogether. But, hey, you can then point to that rock in your house or apartment inside. I made that myself. And how cool is that? Have you ever finished rock A work in progress? Make sure to show it off in the project section so that we can all admire and praise it. Have a wonderful die. And I hope I see you soon on scarce here. Bye bye.