#B219 Knotted (Toothbrush Style) Rag Rugs -A #ReFab Workshop


Thursday, February 6
5:30-7:30 PM
Instructor: Lyn Stanton

Learning new ways to create different items from up-cycled materials is the BEST! #ReFab!  Join Lyn for a new rag rug technique based on a method that traditionally uses an altered toothbrush and is then reminiscent of macrame.  In this workshop, Lyn will demonstrate how to get started, and then how to increase your stitches.  If there is time, she will show you how to do a different shapes. You will not finish a rag rug (they take a while!) but you should learn everything you need to get started and finish it at home. Unlike crocheting a rag rug, this method is a little easier on the hands.  The best material for this is old bed sheets.  You want a fabric from which you can get strips between 2 and 5 feet long and that has little to no stretch. Also, finding a plain handled toothbrush is near impossible these days and altering it to make basically a giant needle is a little bit too much work. Luckily, through the magic of the internet and YouTube, Lyn found an awesome and cheap substitution she will show you using some wire.

What to Bring: At least 1 full size bed sheet. Cotton is best, should tear somewhat easily and in straight lines. We can even swap some strips between participants to add more variation to our rugs.

The Dairy Barn will provide the wire to fashion the “needle” and you will take it home.

Please follow the link to complete this Registration Form before completing your purchase.

Please complete one registration per person attending.  If you would like to bring a guest or are accompanying a minor, but will not actually be making a project, please email lyn@dairybarn.org to confirm there will be seating space available for non participants before registering.

4 Person Minimum
20 Person Maximum



More to Explore-
Why #ReFab?

The Power of “Re”; reduce, reuse, recycle, remake, revise, refresh, retrieved, restore, return, redesign, reformat, reborn, re-fabricate, re-fabulous! As a society, if we want to gt serious about waste reduction, we have to get serious about reusing things.  We need to put an end to the throw away culture we have developed and learn to extend the life of our stuff. #ReFab is the Dairy Barn’s campaign to help lead the way in our community and help endow folks with the skills they need through affordable workshops series to make all their textile items re-fabulous for a long time to come!

Why is re-using and re-purposing fabric such a big deal?

Everyone knows that humans have a serious garbage problem.  While there are some who might argue about climate change, there is absolutely no way to deny that Humans are drowning the planet in our garbage, and doing catastrophic damage to our oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and even our air.  We can literally see it.  While we all know that plastics and other materials are a big problem, a lesser recognized culprit of environmental damage is fabric.  Frighteningly, the textile industry is responsible for 20% of global fresh water pollution due to treatment and dyeing, cotton farming is responsible for over 20% of all the pesticides used in agriculture, and polyester production for textiles released about 706 billion kg (1.5 trillion pounds) of greenhouse gases in 2015, the equivalent of 185 coal-fired power plants’ annual emissions.  These are just a few of the many examples of how fast fashion is costing the planet way more than the cost of a cheap shirt, not to mention the human cost when we factor in some of the horrible   conditions for workers in underdeveloped countries.

But, there are real things we can do in our daily lives to help.

  1. Reduce – Buy less Clothing! Learn to mend the clothing you have to extend it’s usefulness.  You can even personalize your clothes with embroidery or patches!
  2. Avoid buying super cheap, mass produced overseas garments.
  3. Wash your clothes a little less (reduce water waste and wear on the fabrics)
  4. Reuse – Shop thrifts stores
  5. Recycle – When a garment or bed sheet really has come to the end of the line, don’t put it in the trash, MAKE ART!
    1. You can make a million things from old clothes from rugs to dog beds.  Get creative and find affordable workshops like the the ones at the Dairy Barn to help get you started turning stain spots into cool patches, stylizing your old jeans with cool Japanese embroidery, and making rugs from old t-shirts!

Want to learn more about the environmental impact of the the textile industry?  Check out these great info sources:


This is the final resting place of your cast-off clothing

Watch us explain why your $8 shirt is a huge problem

The life cycle of a t-shirt – Angel Chang


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