A toothbrush rug is a rug is an ancient form of Nålebinding, a Danish word meaning “binding with a needle”. It pre-dates knitting and crocheting.
The original complex technique was brought to the United States by immigrants long ago. It was modified during the 1930's to the easy method that we use today. This is thought to have been done by WPA workers in Minnesota.
It became popular in the USA during the depression and during World Wars when fabric became scarce and expensive. The tool then was made from the handle of a toothbrush. It takes approximately 9 yards of material to make a 2 foot by 3 foot rug.
Here is why they are better than braided, or crocheted rugs.
● They last for years, 20-30 years
● They will not unravel if it develops any holes
● They are machine wash and dry. I lay mine down
when they are slightly damp so they air dry flat.
● They are reversible, meaning you can get twice as
much wear before cleaning.
● They are made from re-cycled fabric, they will not shrink
fade, or distort when washed
● Eco-friendly, practical and beautiful
Here are some rugs I have made
If you are interested in making your own Toothbrush Rug, I have made a video to get you started.