Some years ago I made two braided rag rugs using fabric scraps and old ugly fabrics. A braided rug is a great way to use up scraps and ugly fabric – most of the ugly pattern and color is hidden while rolling and braiding the fabric! 😉
I used different fabrics: cotton fabric, polyester chiffon fabric, old knit fabric … To make the braided rug: I cut the fabric into long stips, rolled them so that the raw edges were encased inside the fabric, and then began to braid: Because I had mostly white chiffon fabric, two of the strands were always white – I used the colored and patterned fabric just for the third strand. Then I sewed the braids together with large stitches by hand, so that no stitches show.
Even if my dog prefers her DIY mattress dog bed, sometimes she likes to sleep on the braided rugs.