White | Quilter's Star 1780 | Gathered-Strips Rag Rug

Gathered-Strips Rag Rug
Make this fun, rag rug to coordinate with your
bath or bedroom. It’s soft on bare feet and can
be washed and dried easily. Choose soft flannel
fabrics in one color or up to six different
shades to create the cheerful striped design
shown here.
NECESSARY SUPPLIES:
3/4 yard of heavy, cotton twill
fabric
1-3/8 yards of five or six different colors or patterns of cotton
flannel (5 to 6 total yards of
solid color flannel)
Universal, size 80 and size 90
needles
Rotary mat and cutter
Clear plastic ruler with a 90 degree
angle mark
Three spools of coordinating allpurpose sewing thread
Fabric marking pen
White Quilter’s Star 1780 sewing
machine with Gathering Foot and
Piecing Foot
DIRECTIONS:
Cutting and Preparation1. Using the rotary cutter and mat,
cut the cotton twill into an 18” x
26” rectangle. Mark, fold and press
a 1” hem to the right side on all
four sides. Using a zigzag stitch
with a width of 1.5 to 2mm and a
length of 1.5 to 2mm and a size 80
needle, stitch the hems in place.
2. On the right side of the cotton
twill, draw a line at a 90 degree
angle to one long side to establish
the first diagonal stitching line.
Then draw lines 3/8” apart across
the entire rug. Be very accurate as
these are your actual sewing lines.
3. Cut the flannel into 2”-wide
bias strips. The strips must be cut
on the bias so they will not ravel
but softly fringe when the rug is
washed.
Construction1. Attach the Gathering Foot that came with your sewing machine. Set the
machine for the maximum stitch length. Tightly gather down the center on
each 2” bias strip.
If you need to increase the amount of gathers try:
a. Tightening the upper tension OR
b. Place your finger on back of the presser foot as the fabric strip is
being sewn. This keeps the weight of the fabric and foot from pulling out
the gathers.(This is called the “ease-plus” method.)
2. Replace the Gathering Foot with
the Piecing Foot and insert a
Universal, size 90 needle. The larger needle will make it easier to
stitch through the heavy cotton
twill and the gathered flannel. Set
your machine for a standard straight
stitch.
3. Fold under the short edge of one
strip 1/4” and then fold again creating a double-fold hem. On the
right side of the rug and starting
in the center, place a strip on one
of the drawn lines at one hemmed edge. (NOTE: By beginning your stitching
in the center of the rug, you will use your fabric more efficiently since
by the time you reach the shorter lines on the corners, you will have
short, leftover strips of gathered fabric to use. The rectangle rug will
also have plenty of body so as not to
stretch out of shape with all the
stitching across the bias.) After
stitching over the gathers, trim the
strip to the correct length allowing
for a double-fold hem at the end as you
did at the beginning.
4. Continue to stitch the strips in
place until the entire rug is covered.
The Piecing Foot is perfect for this
project. It should snug up against the
previous row of stitching as you add
strips keeping the rows straight.
5. Rinse the rug in cool water and then
dry in the dryer. This will soften the edges and make the rows mesh
together. Trim any loose threads or ends after washing.
Additional ideas for making rag rugsMake your rug in other shapes - circular, oval, heart-shaped, or triangular. Stay stitch and clean-finish the edges to maintain the unique shape.
The strips for this rug were sewn in a random order to make the stripes.
Create a pattern with the fabric colors, use only one color, or draw a
shape in the center of the rug and stitch following the design.
Use lightweight denim or interlock knit for the strips to create very
different styles of rugs.
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