So this is a fairly easy project. Though it is easy, it also is very time consuming! If you are wanting a decent sized rug then we are talking at least 4 hours of working on it with very small breaks.
I really can’t say how long mine took exactly, because I worked on it in small time increments. I would sit and roll the yarn into the little poofs as I was sitting around talking. So I never did time myself on how long it took me.
I just know that as I was sitting there working on it that first day I couldn’t believe how many more it was going to take me to actually finish it!
So be prepared and have a lot of yarn ready for your project. I did multi color. Mainly because I kept running out of the yarn I was working with!
But in the end I think it turned out well with the multi color. As long as you stick to a color scheme that goes well together, you can use about whatever you want!
I actually have chunky multi color yarn in there, as well as a furry type of yarn that felt like rabbits fur. I used to have a rabbit. His name was Blackjack. (I was working as a blackjack dealer on one of the riverboats at the time). I also have the thinner yarn in there as solid colors. So it is however you want it to turn out.
I will say that if you use the chunky yarn, it will go much faster. And it does make them softer when stepping on them. The downside to that is how much yarn you will have to use.
The measurements for my rug ended up being 30” x 14”. So you get an idea of how big it turned out. And I used a whole skein of the rabbit fur, a whole large skein of multi color regular yarn, a whole skein of white and cream, a whole skein of multi color blue white and black, and 2 small skeins of a cream multi color chunky yarn.
It sounds like a lot of yarn. And it is actually. But I had a lot of it already here at my house. And I think that most all of what I did buy was relatively cheap. Nothing over $5. I think a couple were only $1.77. Except for the rabbit fur one. It was like $6 and it was a small skein of it. I didn’t realize how much it was really going to take me when I got the rabbit fur one. So live and learn I guess.
So you will also need something to glue your poof balls to. What is going to be your foundation for your rug. I used pink pads. This is what I call them because the plastic on them is pink, while the other layer of fabric is white. I get them from being paralyzed. Because I am incontinent my insurance gives them to me each month for free. Though I don’t have the bladder problems that I once did directly after being paralyzed, my body is still in recovery mode and confused mode most of the time.
But anyways these things are great for using for my projects. Or I have given some to family members a few times for puppy pee pads. Since I was wanting mine to be a bathroom rug I decided that the pink pads would be perfect.
The cotton side helps to absorb the moisture and the plastic keeps the moisture from getting to your floor.
I doubled mine up, to make it even softer. (Another problem I have from being paralyzed is nerve damage in my feet) So that it is even better feeling when I step on it after getting out of the shower.
And so far it is working great as a bath rug. You can tell by my pictures that I am not completely done with mine. I still need to glue it together the rest of the way. And do some trimming here and there. I needed my pictures of the rug to show the pink plastic in there and so I figured I would finish it up after I got my post done.
I am a procrastinator though. So I guess we will see how long it takes me to get the bottom all wrapped up.
So you will want to start with your foundation (pink pads or whatever you want to use for yours) and get it to the size you want it. I would leave it a little bigger than smaller. You can always trim it down if you need to in the end. It’s a lot harder to have to add to it in the end than it is to just make some trim adjustments. Though both are possible. So no worries, you can’t mess it up beyond repair!
Now you want to start making your poof balls.
I have made a collage from step one to gluing your first piece above. Hopefully it helps some. There are different ways you can do it. I found it easier to just take the yarn and wrap it around my thumb and then my pinky finger and just keep going around the two fingers until you have a decent amount of yarn for your poof. Then you just cut your yarn.
Then cut yourself a small piece to tie around your yarn that you wrapped. Place your extra piece under and just tie it in a small knot. Or you can just loop it once and as long as you pull it tightly it will stay in place.
Then you will want to cut it on the ends making it instead of loops on the end, it will be a bunch of little strands of yarn. Making it appear as if it’s having a bad hair day.
Now you just take it and pull all of your strands together (like they will be once glued onto your foundation) and just trim all of your long pieces and get it relatively even.
Now it’s ready to be glued onto it’s foundation. Just start at the corner edge and start working your way around your foundation. I worked from the outside to the inside. There are many ways you can do it. It’s a matter of preference.
And just keep on gluing your poofs as closely together as you can, until you get all of your space covered. I used a hot glue gun to put all of mine on. And it worked great. Besides getting a couple burns along the way. So I suggest wearing gloves when working with the hot glue gun.
Especially since you will be putting your fingers down in there trying to push your poofs into place. And sometimes you won’t be able to see very well when you are trying to get one in place.
So good luck if anyone should happen to try this project. Let me know how yous turns out. Good luck and happy crafting!