Ann is sharing with us her adventure in making and mending. I hope you will be as inspired as I am!

Project name:-

Rag rug back door mat.


Why are we undertaking this project? What has motivated us?

Fed up of muddy footprints paddling the kitchen floor. Various door mats have been tried, none absorb the moisture very well. Denim seems quite absorbent, so spent several years collecting old jeans – ones too badly worn for the charity shop. Inspiration from my long deceased grandparents and the stories I heard as a child.

Materials used and sourced from:-

          7 pairs of old jeans, mainly my old ones, but some donated by a friend.    The backing material came from ebay.

Length of time taken:-

          About 6 weeks.

Total cost:-


Our experience of this project:-

We liked…

The contrast in colours; the experience of sitting down to make this. We like the finished mat, it is working exceedingly well. We like that we have used jeans that would have been thrown out.

We didn’t like….

          It was boring at times and made a lot of cotton thread on the floor.

We would do differently next time…

There is a slight twist on the finished mat, caused by each knot going diagonal across 2 squares. Next time we would do it to the adjacent square, not the diagonal.

How have we benefited from doing this?..

          A clean kitchen floor, and the satisfaction of making it ourselves.

What resources did we use?

          Youtube, for instructions.