What is a toothbrush rug?
The rug begins with a braided center strip, but instead of rows of braids sewn together, the rows are interconnecting stitches made with strips of material as in a crocheted rug. However, a needle made from a toothbrush is used instead of a crochet hook.
Why is it called a toothbrush rug?
A “toothbrush rug” is also known as an “Amish knot rag rug.” It’s made of scrap material such as sheets or new material if you choose. The reason it is called a “toothbrush rug” is because you need to fabricate a rather large needle and an old-fashioned toothbrush is just the right size and style for this.
How many sheets does it take to make a rag rug?
It takes about 10 yards of fabric to make a 24 x 36 inch size rug. 1/3 of this fabric is not even seen so an old sheet or other scrap fabric is great. I found that a full size sheet is about the same as 4 yards of fabric.
What is an Amish toothbrush rug?
Amish Knot or ‘Toothbrush’ rugs originate in America – named because the tool used as the needle was often a wooden toothbrush with the brush part cut off. They came with a hole at the end of the handle which made a useful eye for the needle.
Can you wash a rag rug?
Wash small rag rugs in the washing machine on the gentle cycle. Use cold water and mild soap and hang the rag rug to dry.