There's not much that I love more than something that is affordable, beautiful and eco-friendly. Rag rugs (sometimes called Chindi rugs) are the very definition of that. I have been using them ever since I can remember; they are the perfect solution when you need to add some color and coziness to a space on a budget. Then there is the added bonus that they are made from waste scraps that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Win, win, win.
Lately I have spying rag rugs being up-cycled, yet again, into pillows, bags and even a skirt (gasp isn't that one above gorgeous?) and cuffs. I mean, this is like the thrifty, recycling design addicts dream isn't it!? I love the idea of making some of these giant floor pillows for my little one and maybe even a dog bed. They would make for an easy breezy DIY. All you need is a rug, large needle and thread and an insert or old pillow to cover. Just fold over, sew and done!
Until now I had never thought of them in the context of clothing but I'm crushing hard on that cross-body bag made out of a rag rug placemat (I spy them in thrift shops often). Check out the DIY here,
And rumor has it the skirt and cuffs will be coming available soon from Thief & Bandit. Both the cuffs and skirt are made from scraps of their organic hand printed clothing line. That fringe is killer right?