Rag Rugs, Pillows, and More: Over 30 ways to upcycle fabric for the home
Rag rugs are beautiful additions to home decor, but the possibilities do not end there. Jackson starts her book with a very brief introduction to the art, followed by tools and techniques. She even includes types of fabrics that can be used for making rag rug art and how to care for the finished project. Most projects require burlap as the base to hold the strips, and she even gives directions on making yarn from tee-shirts. She refers to the basic techniques for creating the projects, giving page numbers so readers can easily find the directions. Any project with a design includes a template or guide, and her projects vary in difficulty, with several that could be created by just about anyone. This book differs from many others in the sheer variety of projects, every single one with a photograph. Not only are there various rugs to be made, but also pillows, stools, trivets, totes, and framed art. A whole section on festive decorating includes Christmas tree decorations, wreaths, a basket, and a birthday streamer. A reader without fabric will want some, and readers already hoarding fabric will have found the perfect way to use it.