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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Brilliant DIY Rag Rug

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Brilliant DIY Rag Rug
Brilliant DIY Rag Rug
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The rags in your scrap pile can find new life with this Brilliant DIY Rag Rug.  This simple but inspiring DIY rug can be made from old T-shirts, your favorite cardigan with the gaping hole in it, or your child's outgrown pair of leggings. Not only is this a great way to re-purpose old fabric, it's a great chance to relive the memories attached to those old rags. Whatever combination of fabrics you come up with, this beginner crochet pattern is easy to follow and will leave you with a stunning rug ideal for a bathroom or entryway.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteWeekend project


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We always had rag rugs at my grandmothers and Aunts houses when I was growing up. I am not sure who it was that was making them, but they must have been busy. Some were huge and covered the middle of the living room floor. They are a great rug to have at the door to wipe your feet on. They are so easy to clean.

I love all the rag rug patterns I have seen lately. I have been cleaning out my closet, and would love to be able to use some of the clothes I am getting rid of to make one of these rugs. It would be such a great use for them. I just have to go through and pick out the items that would be best for a rug. I am thinking silk would not be the best option for being on the floor.

My mom makes several of these rugs every year. We usually give this as gifts to my aunts and friends.

I did not know these could be made. My grandma used to buy these rugs all of the time. I'll have to send along the pattern. Though, I wish there was a knitted version of this rag rug because I'm not that confident in my crocheting skills to actually complete this. It's so pretty, though (

Colorful rag rugs are all the rage right now, it would seem. And I still haven't made one myself! Looking at this DIY idea, and how easy it would be, there's nothing holding me back now. I happen to have some school t-shirts that don't fit my son anymore, and I have been looking for a way to still be able to save them in a more useful way. I think I found my project!

This is incredible and just the best idea ever. I am already thinking what clothes I can rip to pieces to make this rag rug. I have always wanted to make a rug, but just never saw something as inspiring as this to give me the jump start I need to do it. To make it as an accessory to an already decorated room, you could even purchase fabrics to match the room. Beautiful, purposeful and frankly, almost genius! Thanks for sharing this project!

I can't wait to try this! My daughter would love it too! #BestIdeaEver

This looks like a great idea! Now I can use the t-shirts I don't want anymore and make something useful out of them. I'll need a 16mm hook on my wish list.. #BestIdeaEver

nice ideal

What a great way to use up scrap yarn! My problem is that most of my yarn comes from varying weights, so it would look really odd all crocheted together. I'll have to wait until I have more of a single yarn weight before I tackle this.


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