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Braiding or Plaiting fabric is
often used in rugs. It is a way of recycling old clothes or scraps
of material. The braids are rolled up in a continuous circle to
make a rug as large or as small as you wish. The fabric used can
be one colour, a print, or many different fabrics, and can be
heavy or fine texture. The choice is up to the creative mind.
You can use the plaits to trim
a vest or jacket, skirt hem or collar.
Roll up two smaller circles to
make a tote bag and use one braid as a carry handle.
Sew two or more plaits together
to make a belt.
Make a headband.
Make place mats and edge
Use plaits around the edge of a
Cut fabric of similar thickness into
strips as long as possible. It is easier to use fabric that
doesn't unravel. How wide you make the strips depends
on what you are making. You must have the strips wide enough to
turn under the raw edges to meet in the middle on the wrong side.
Unfold the raw edges of two strips
and sew the ends together with a bias seam. Trim the corner and
Attach the third folded strip with a
few stitches so you have a T shape.
Now you are ready to plait the three
strips together. You can attach the beginning end to a cupboard
handle or pin it to your ironing board.
Bring the left strip over the centre
strip and then the right strip over that. Continue in this manner
always putting left over centre then right over centre. Colours
Be sure to keep the folded edges
towards the centre and the tension even as you work. Join new
strips with a bias seam. If your work is very long, roll the
finished work around cardboard to keep it from twisting.
To sew two plaits together, insert a
needle and thread through one strip of one plait and across
through the matching strip on the second plait.
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