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.
I tacked three long pieces together with embroidery floss.
Then, I braided the pieces as tightly as I could.
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.
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.
I then sewed the four swatches together using finishing techniques for knitting.
I crocheted a single chain around the edges to make a more neat-looking hem.
The bedroom is much more warm and inviting with the live plant and new handmade accessories.
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.