Make a DIY Shag Rug From Scrap Material or Old Clothes

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I would like to thank Rebecca Kelsey for the awesome video on how to DIY Shag Rug. I organized it into a wiki for anyone with a hearing impairment, or for those who just prefer to read the steps. Hope you enjoy it. :)

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    I will be showing you how to make DIY Shag Rug.
    I really like how it turned out.
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    It's just like a welcome mat and I did it all by myself using scraps I had around the house, you don't even need to buy anything.
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    Be careful of animals because they will eat it, like what our new puppy tried to do.
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    This is a close up look of my Shag Rug, it took me about a week to do that much, and today I am filming this.
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    You will need a long piece of fabric.
    This is actually part of a maxi dress from Forever21 and it has to be the exact width of your Rug.
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    Next, you will need scrap materials which I have a whole bunch of that.
    I started off measuring them about the size of my whole arm.
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    I believe that's what is called about half of my arm.
    I had that originally, but when I put it into the Rug, it was too long and didn't look right.
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    I ended up cutting the scrap half of that size.
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    There are other materials that I used like "Jones Soda" bandana which's kind of funny.
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    I actually used pieces of two dresses, these pieces of the skirt.
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    And pieces of a romper.
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    I used a lot of different materials, and the amount of it depends on the size of the Rug.
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    I also have here some T-Shirt yarn.
    You can check my other tutorials on how to do that.
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    You also going to need a pair of scissors.
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    This tutorial is very similar to one I made my tiny DIY Table Side Rug, it's like a miniature version of this with weaving.
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    I think this technique actually is a little easier but it just takes more time.
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    Use the scissors to snip a little hole close to the end of your fabric.
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    Snip another hole a little bit passed that one and keep going that for all the fabric, so the more number of holes the more fluffy your Shag Rug is going to be, and the more materials you will need.
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    I like to do my DIY project very organically, and I don't really measure or get any certain kinds of things, I just like to make things up as I go along.
    Make a long line of holes about equal distances apart.
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    This is the size of the hole that I made, if you noticed that the part doesn't fit through quite right, you can always increase the size of it.
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    For the reference, see the spacing between two holes.
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    Stick the piece of material through the hole and pull it out half way and not entirely to the other side.
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    Take the other side of the fabric and stick it into the next fabric hole, it looks like the bunny ears.
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    Take another piece of fabric and stick it through the last fabric hole where your other fabric ended.
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    Then stick the other part of the fabric and stick it through the next new hole, and keep on doing in the same way.
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    "You can tell that I am not a professional DIY or I just do this for fun because I don't know how to describe this".
    I like to show you few examples before we get into the fast motion.
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    Fun Fact- For this little piece of fabric at the end of the Rug that I am showing you right now it took a little over an hour to complete, so it takes a lot of time comparing buying it, but I think it's worth it because it will be more special.
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    This whole project took about seven to ten hours, I didn't keep exact track, but I worked on it for a few hours a day for the whole week.
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    As originally inspired to do this by something I saw on Pinterest if you follow me on Pinterest make sure to check the links below, my username is Rebbeca Kelsey.
    Now, I am going to use some of my fabric yarn, I'm just going to cut nearly the same amount. I am going to use two pieces of yarn to one hole since they're a little thinner.
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    Stick one side of them through the hole, and then use the other side and stick them through the next hole.
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    Once both sides are done, you need to tie them together in a knot just to make it more secure.
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    Technically, you can make all your fabric into pieces of knots and that will give you a different kind and more secured Shag Rug.
    If you don't tie all the fabrics together like I did in this tutorial, it makes it a little less secure and easier to fall out. I really like the effect. I will use the speed motion to show how long it took me to do it which is by the way 2000 percent faster.
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    Here is how it look so far.
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    Some pieces are a little too big so I need to cut them a little bit shorter.
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    If you feel that there are some bald area in your Rug, then you need to cut some holes in this spot.
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    Then, add few Fabrics to the bald areas.
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    Now, your Shag Rug is complete.
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