How to Make a Rope Rug With Fabric Scraps

I don’t know, call me weird, but Jeff Bridges cracks me up as “The Dude” in the Coen Brothers cult classic movie, “The Big Lebowski”. He’s just a laid back, pot smoking bowler, who gets caught up with some mobsters, when all he wants is a replacement rug for the one they ruined. He’s thrown into impossible situations and isn’t equipped to deal with any of it. He just keeps insisting that “the rug just really tied the room together” in his not-so-tidy living room, but no one seems to care.

Well, this rug is for you, Jeff.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these rugs FOREVER! I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and fun it was to make.

If you’d like to make a rug to “tie your room together”, click here for the full tutorial.




Maybe I’ll even bring this rug to the next “Lebowski Fest”. Ha! Some people have way to much fun…

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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26 Responses to How to Make a Rope Rug With Fabric Scraps

  1. rimazimchick says:

    This is so nice and you have some really cute shoes!

  2. redbamsews says:

    Thanks for the early morning smiles. When I read this I immediately connected. Why? Because I’m currently working on a braided rug myself. But, mine is being made from bath towels and I doing it by hand. So, it my case it is taking me a while to do. I have a few questions in regard to your progress. 1) how long did the entire process take? 2) what type of foot did you use? 3) how difficult was it to work on as the rug got larger?

    • Good Morning, Beverly! Thanks so much for your nice comment. I see you were an elementary principal, maybe our school lives connected us, too. 🙂 I’d love to see your braided rug when it’s finished. I never thought of making one from bath towels. How clever. My friend Linda wants to try to make one from denim strips. I can’t wait to see hers when it’s finished, too. I think it took me about 4 hours total to cut the strips and sew them together. I just used my regular foot and it didn’t get any more difficult as it got bigger. I did press it on my ironing board twice to keep it nice and flat. But it would’ve been fine without doing that. I’m thinking of adding one more roll of clothesline to make it even bigger because I still have lots of fabric left over. I have a friend who just moved into a new house and I think I’m going to give it to him for a housewarming present. I hope he likes it!!!

  3. Kristie Anderson says:

    “When you get to the end of your rope” LOL. Who hasn’t been there? Thank you for the tutorial. It’s the simplest I’ve seen in terms of directions. Planning to make an oblong one for my kitchen.

  4. Mari Hanson says:

    Beth, I’m so excited to try this! Thanks for the tutorial! Love the black & white, as always you make it look so easy. .

  5. Susie Wurl says:

    I love all Coen brothers movies, but The Big Lebowski is my very favorite!!! And what a great idea! THANKS… you made my day 🙂

  6. What a beautiful rug! I’m going to head right over and check out the tutorial!

  7. Doja says:

    Shooooooes! Pretty shoes!
    I’ve seen some videos of people making these online – some using old towels and making bathroom mats – and I’ve been drawn to try it but then I have no space anywhere to put it but I’m glad I’ve seen yours, I can appreciate it from here, without having to make one 😛

  8. mtetar says:

    Yes it is a great idea & I’m working on one. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and clicking the Like Button. Blessings Always, Mtetar

  9. mghanja says:

    a super time to become a fan of your website

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  11. Irina says:

    Well it’s wonderful work what you do here!!! I love it and thanks for sharing!!!

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