How To Make A Proddy Rag Rug
How To Make A Proddy Rug
For Mother’s Day I received my very own long desired lap frame. My husband researched for awhile on the best frame to get me and received guidance from the owner of Green Mountain Hooked Rugs. He chose a frame that has bristled edges that catch and hold the fabric securely while I work. My frame comes from Appleton Krafts but I think it would be rather easy to make one if you are so inclined. I have wanted to make a hooked rug for the longest time. However, I had some leftover fabric from my shag rag rugs so I decided to make a proddy rug for the doorway going into my bathroom. Proddy rugs are a very simple rug to put together so I decided to break in my lap frame with a proddy. This rug is a work in progress and my first attempt at “proddy”. Please join along with me as I create this rug. I will post pictures regularly as each section is completed.
A piece of burlap cut the size of the rug you want plus and extra inch on each side
A lap frame will come in handy to stretch the fabric taught and hold it in place as you prod This is not essential but very desirable.
Fabric (make sure you have a lot. I am finding it takes quite a bit.)
A prodder. I am using a screwdriver that is pointed on the end. Do not use a hooking instrument because the hook on the end will catch in the burlap as you prod.
Tape (to mask the ends of the burlap so it doesn’t ravel.)
Ruler (This will be used to measure the correct sizes for your squares. For those of you fortunate enough to have a fabric cutter, your work will go much faster. The most time consuming part of this project is cutting the fabric. )
Scissors or pinking shears. (I always use pinking shears to prevent my fabric from raveling.)
Seam sealer or latex adhesive. (I am using leftover seam sealer from my “How To Repair Carpet Holes and Tears” project.)
Please follow these step by step instructions for the creation of your own “proddy” rug:
1. Cut a piece of burlap the size of the rug you want plus and extra inch on each side
2. Tape the ends of the burlap so it doesn’t ravel.
3. If you want to prod a design please draw it onto the burlap now. I am going to prod the words “Scrub A Dub” on my rug. However, you can also just prod fabric into the burlap without a design if that is what you want. If you have several fabrics you may want to intermingle them.
4. Cut the fabric into the desired size. I am using 3 inch squares for this rug.
5. Fold the fabric piece into a square and put your prodder into the square.
6. Prod the fabric into the burlap. Feel under the burlap to make sure the fabric went all the way through. Pull it tight. Do not push your prodder through the fabric.
7. Prod your next piece about 3 burlap threads over. When you start a new row, prod at least 3 burlap threads down.
8. After you have prodded all you plan for the day, remove the burlap from the lap frame and turn it over.
9. Check for any wide uncovered areas. Sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly how much space you’ve left between pieces. Patch any big holes with additional prodded fabric pieces.
10. Put seam sealer or adhesive on the back of the rug in the sections you have prodded. Put some sealer on the fabric itself. I rub it around with a Q-Tip to make sure everything is covered. Let this section dry for awhile. I usually let it dry overnight but a few hours should be more than sufficient if you are able to come back to your project later.
11. Finish the rug by hemming and sewing canvas to the back.
This is all there is to it. The work goes quickly if you have lots of fabric cut for the day. I was able to complete this section of my rug in 3 days.
A completed rug picture will be forthcoming.
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