When I made my Doily Rag Rug, I was concerned about what would happen if I ever needed to wash it. The strips are joined in a kind of daisy chain technique and I didn't think it would hold up to any kind of abuse.
It's been in our kitchen for the past couple of months, taking all kinds of abuse and getting all kinds of stuff tracked across it and spilled onto it. It was finally time to go for broke and see what happened if I threw it in the washer. I held my breath and it emerged out just fine. The shape is still wonky and some of the little ends need to be tucked back between the stitches, but structurally, it's in great shape.
I love rag rugs. This one came from the same estate sale as my stained potholders.
There was a whole stack of them in a bedroom closet and I couldn't find any price tags. I carried it around, hoping that it would be cheap, knowing it probably wouldn't be. When I found out it was two bucks, I should have gone back for the others. (The ones made from fabric, not dry cleaning bags -- those could wait for someone with quirkier taste than mine!) But I didn't know how much I was going to love it once I got it home and saw it on our hardwood floor.
This post is linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday.