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DIY Dollhouse Miniatures: Rag Rug and Patchwork Blanket

DIY Dollhouse Miniatures: Rag Rug and Patchwork Blanket

I recently wrote about the miniature macramé plant hanger I made for my daughter’s dollhouse, after stumbling upon the astonishing world of dollhouse miniatures.

That same weekend, I made a rag rug from a few old cotton shirts and a patchwork blanket for the bed. What I love about these projects is that they’re practice for the life-size version of a craft — the lost art of macramé, the frontier rag rug, and the patchwork blanket. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at macramé and have plans to weave a rag rug with old clothes or sweaters for our house.

The Rag Rug

Here’s how I fashioned a miniature rag rug in an hour and change.

I cut up a couple of my daughters’ old shirts and followed instructions from the site Wee Folk Arts.

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I tacked three long pieces together with embroidery floss.

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Then, I braided the pieces as tightly as I could.

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I wound the braided piece into a tight circle, sewing the sides together with white embroidery floss as I went. (That part took the longest.) And here is the wee rug on the bedroom floor, perfect for warming little wooden feet.

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The Patchwork Blanket

I made this in less than an hour. From my collection of knitting swatches (save these if you knit!), I let Ana pick the four colors and lay them out in the way she wanted.

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I then sewed the four swatches together using finishing techniques for knitting.

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I crocheted a single chain around the edges to make a more neat-looking hem.

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The bedroom is much more warm and inviting with the live plant and new handmade accessories.

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But there’s so much more we can and will do. In fact, Ana is just now painting a small canvas to hang in one of the rooms. And don’t you think the couch needs a throw? We also have tiny mosaic tiles we may glue to the kitchen floor. It really depends on the priorities of the family living in the dollhouse, Ana tells me.

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