Pendleton Woolen Mill Store Upcycling

I went to the Pendleton Woolen Mill store a couple weeks ago and picked up some of their waste-wool products. This is “blanket leader” – strips of wool blanket waste. I sewed them together to form a backing for a rug. They cost $2 a pound, and they have a variety of patterns and colors (and they don’t all look this rough – I just knew I could use these for the bottom of a rug).

I LOVE using these upcycled materials!

I also picked up some off-white waste strips of blanket. I had a couple ideas in my mind. One, I could just sew the strips together to make rug. Two, I could get crazy and twist the strips. I was intrigued with the idea of that, and I wanted to see how it would look, so that’s what I ended up doing.

I just started by sewing the strips to the end of the prepared rug backing.

This is what it ended up looking like. I wanted it to look kind of trashcycled, but I’m not sure I love the look I achieved (although it looks a bit better in real life). Yeah, it’s kind of a CraftFail. BUT,

My three year-old likes it. He immediately hunkered down on it and proceeded to “nap.”

Although this particular rug isn’t perfect, I enjoyed the process, and using the reclaimed materials. I would definitely like to try making another rug (with a different technique!).