Your material amounts are going to differ based upon how big you want your rug. I made a 4 1/2 ft by 7 ft rug for my dining room, so that is the size I am going by. If you want a smaller rug you won't need as many materials.
3 yds utility fabric rug liner (This is what I used) I highly recommend this as it is extremely soft!
18 yds of non-fraying fabric (This is what I used) I did 9 yds each of two different colors
Scissors or better yet rotary cutter and mat
A lot of time!
Cost: I paid $150 for all of my materials. I was able to get everything at least 40% off.
I will warn you first that this took me about 3 weeks to complete, but I am so happy with the outcome that I would definitely do it again.
1. Measure your rug liner to the size that you want your rug. I ended up cutting off about a 1/2 yard from my liner to get my size. Then trim up the edges to make sure you end up with a row of full squares on each side.
Now start cutting your fabric. You need to cut it into 1/2 in by 4 in strips. My fabric was 59 in wide, so I was able to get 1080 strips out of one yard. Yep you need to get that many strips 17 more times for a total of 19,234 strips. Told ya you needed a lot of time. I found that cutting the strips was the worst part of this project so that is why I would cut about a yard at a time of each color and then move on to the next step.
How to cut your strips
*I started doing it this way and then half way I wised up and got a rotary cutter and mat. Highly recommend going with the rotary cutter. Completely worth the money because it will save you time on this project.*
Lay your fabric out and measure 4 inches from the end.
I always have a little helper hiding in the background
Cut through both layers.
Take the ends of your strip and line them up.
Cut it in half.
You should now have two 30 inch strips. Lay out your strips.
Every half inch cut a slit. I did this all the way down the strip.
Once your slits are cut finish cutting all the way across.
This is how big they should be.
Now you may get some odd shaped ones, but don't discriminate they all go to the same cause. Oh, and once it is done you can't even tell there are some odd shaped ones in there.
Now for the fun part! Making 19,234 knots!
Slip the fabric through one hole and into another.
Tie it on up. If using more than one color alternate your colors.
Now, when you start the second row skip a row. You will not thread two pieces of fabric through the same hole.
See, can't tell you even skipped that row.
Two rows down, forever to go!
And 3 weeks later we are finally done!
Now the little one hiding in the above picture is asking for a purple rug for her room, which I will be starting on now.