How to Make a Braided Rug with Yarn

Although a wide variety of braided yarn rugs are available at craft stores, you might want to make a braided rug at home using yarn, as a fun craft project. The task is fairly simple; however, it will require a fair amount of time to complete. Choose yarn of different colours for a more personalised look, or keep the rug simple by using single coloured yarn.

Things Required:

– Wool yarn
– Clothes pins
– Darning needle
– Polyester thread
– Scissors
– Large basket


  • 1

    Set two chairs at a distance of about 6 feet from each other and unwrap the skeins of yarn around them. Secure one end to the chair before starting to unwrap. You will have yarn ropes about 14 feet long when you are done.

  • 2

    Use a pair of scissors to cut six of the yarn pieces, clamping one piece to the other with the help of clothes pins. Set aside the connected yarn pieces in a large basket. Cut another six pieces of yarn and treat them as before. Continue in this manner until the whole skein has been used up.

  • 3

    Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the remaining skeins. Unless the skeins are different in colour, you will have to use individual baskets for individual skeins.

  • 4

    Bring together three pieces of yarn, remove the clothes pins and tie them to each as close to the end as possible.

  • 5

    Tightly braid together the yarn pieces and attach another section of yarn when you have braided the first section. For braiding yarn sections, you will have to bring the yarn rope at the right into the middle, then the yard rope at the left into the middle, then the right side, and continue in this manner until you have braided the entire length. You will want to keep braiding until about 56 feet long braided yarn rope is obtained.

  • 6

    Lay a 6-inch section of braided yarn at the centre and turn it back beside the first section of the braided yarn. This will give you 2 6-inch sections laying side by side.

  • 7

    Thread a darning needle with carpet thread. Make sure that the colour of the thread you use is either the same as the colour of the braid, or complements it. Attach braid loops to each other by means of a simple slip stitch when required.

  • 8

    Secure the next braided yarn section in a similar manner as before. Be sure to keep each yarn section you attach around the centre of the rug you are making. Continue until you have used up whole of the braided yarn.

  • 9

    To make sure that the yarn stays in place, sew it at the end. It would be best to keep all the sewing on one side of the rug, so this can become the underside of the rug.

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