While at my favorite quilt store yesterday, I came across a new gizmo (new to me that it!). It is a new take on an old American craft using found materials. I am talking about a “toothbrush” rug and the process for making it originally actually used the end of a toothbrush (which you cut off and adapted.)
Capitalizing on this old craft is a business called “Aunt Philly‘s,” which offers a series of toothbrush rug patterns and items. Here is the basic pattern:
It is a bit different process than the typical rag rugs. I plan to make one up soon in my spare time as an experiment. I’ll show you the results in a later post.
Carla Quote: “Do not throw out your old clothes!“
As I told the class yesterday, I never throw stuff away. Instead I love to find new uses for the old items. With clothes- buttons and zippers are cut off and added to my stash. Old clothes fabric can then be stripped to make my fabric crochet purse and/or a project like this toothbrush rug. My friend, Susan I., would save her old clothes to remake them into new ones- a process called, “altered couture.”
To surprise my students, I made a quick visit to the thrift store on the way home and bought 3 dresses to basically strip and make into a Carla purse. I’ll take pictures as I go and make a tutorial for you all, too. I want to surprise them at next week’s class and show them I wasn’t kidding. LOL!
This economy is really affecting businesses such as my local quilt store, bead and yarn store. In a downturn market, the first businesses to feel the pinch are those associated with discretionary spending. If you can, please support these stores so they may stay in business!!