Saturday, March 2, 2013

DIY RUG-slavery and Walmart

Good Morning everyone! 

I am going to highlight an app that I use all the time to help me make better buying decisions. It's called Free to Work and it's by Not for Sale.  It is a little glitchy but for the most part it is amazing.  You can just scan the barcode and it will tell you what rating the product got.  

My son needed a blazer for school performance this week.  I was reminded of this the night before, after karate, at 9:30 at night.  A goodwill was really close. 
      "Buckle up kids! This is going to be a bumpy ride!" I shouted as we dashed across three traffick lanes and into the goodwill parking lot.  We made it 5 min before closing.  Second hand stores are great because they guarantee your not paying for slave labor (again) and they are good for the environment.  Plus, for one night come on, who wants to spend the money?  Unfortunately, they did not have not a single kids blazer.  I asked Siri and she told me everything but, Walmart was closed.  Walmart, the store I never go to.  It is known that just about everything there is salve made.  As we stood there I scanned every blazer.  Every kids clothing line got a D rating.  Now I remember why I don't go.  

Be an informed consumer and try to not buy items made by slaves.  Or stores known for not caring.  
Or you can just have fun and make your own items.  Such as the rug I made this week.  Let's get to the fun part.


This rug is made out of a drop cloth and scraps.  It took about two hours and is super easy and really fun to make.  I used scraps for everything.  I had a previously painted drop cloth, zebra stripes from an old sandbox and pieced together black material.

Start of with a drop cloth cut to the size you want it.  
I measured mine against the front door. 

You can paint it to the color you prefer for the base or keep it's natural state.  
Since mine was from scrap I gave it a new base. 

Cut another piece of material the same size.

And a second piece of material the same size.  You should have three pieces of material cut the same size.  Layer them on top of each other and pin around the edges to keep them from slipping.

Sew horizontal lines starting from one size to the next. 
 I worked from one size to middle and then next side but, it bunched.  
It's a lot of material but going from one size to the next will help it not bunch.  
Remember to keep the long side open.

Cut in between each vertical line sewn.  
Cutting just the two piece's of material NOT the drop cloth.


Here it is your very own rug. 
 It's great and is catching all the wet snow my kiddos keep bringing in.

Have a great weekend
Amand Foltz

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