This is an attempt to do a tutorial on how I made my rug. See it here: http://wildberryranch.blogspot.com/2011/03/blue-rag-rug.html
For part 2 see http://wildberryranch.blogspot.com/2011/03/no-sew-rug-making-tutorial-part-2.html
And, if you are really brave, check this out too. here
First, choose some fabric to use. Find colors that you find pleasing, there is something about working with colors that you like that will make your project uniquely yours. Fabrics that are cotton have worked best for me. Remember that this is a rug, so very light colors will work, but will need laundering more often. Also, look for contrast and colors that work well with one another.
I scour yard sales for older sheets (not those that are worn out - but our grandmothers used old worn out fabrics from shirts, skirts, etc for their rugs- so go for it if you want). I also look for tablecloths that are not too thin, or fabric from someone else's project that they did not finish. I have found holiday prints for little or nothing. Great colors for a rug, black, dark reds, etc. Here are four fabrics for another time, another rug.
I usually don't wash my fabric ahead of time, but if you so desire, go on ahead if it makes you feel better.
Here is a fabric that was a tablecloth and I have used it in one of the rugs I made and still have some left over.
Notice that it has many colors, browns, reds, greens -- all make for a great floor covering, unless you want blue or pinks and this would not look so great.
There will be lots and I mean lots of loose threads. for your sake and sanity, pull them away and dispose of them. They just make a mess later.
On each and every end of the strips, fold it down about a half an inch and then fold it in half again and you will have a little corner. Cut if off, not too much, it will make a little hole.
On my next post, I will take you through starting the actual rug. This explanation take longer than the actual doing.
I know that there are going to be questions -- so ask away and I will try to answer them, and your question may clear up something for someone else -- so ask anyway.