Directions for Braided 9″ Rounds

Rugs = Food = Love Project

To benefit Food Banks

Kris McDermet, Christine Manges, Dianne Tobias


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    Photo shows a 9″ paper circle used to help make the rounds the right size, and the maker’s name safety pinned onto the back

    Draw and cut a 9″ diameter circle from a piece of paper (yes, this really helps).

  2. Tear wool strips 1.5 or 1.75″ wide, from selvage to selvage. Any colors or designs are fine.
  3. Estimating fabric needed:  Each strand  requires roughly 3 strips torn from selvage to selvage, or about 60″ X 3 = 180″.
  4. Braid and lace a circle, either by braiding a continuous spiral after 5 double corners, or by following a pattern for making butted rounds.  Change colors within strands as desired.
  5. Use the paper guide to find where you need to place your taper, if making a continuous braid. Use the paper pattern to assure your round is 9”, no larger, no smaller.
  6. Steam/block/press your piece flat before sending (do not iron directly on wool: cover with a damp cloth before ironing).
  7. Write your name on a piece of paper, and safety pin it onto the back of the round.
  8. Contact Dianne Tobias at when you are done. Tell her if you are a right opening or left opening braider, or a plaiter.  She will tell you where to send your round for assembly with others into finished rugs. Deadline for receipt is July 15, 2020, but we would like them earlier.
  9. Send your braided round to the rug assembler’s address.
  10. The rug-assembler will complete a rug with your round, then send you a photo.
  11. Send other people the photo and encourage them to buy tickets! More information about the rug drawing will be forthcoming — we want a couple completed rugs to help us advertise.

Any questions? Contact Dianne at

The Drawing for Rugs will occur Sept 4, 2020, which is National Food Bank Day, via Zoom.  There will be as many winners as there are completed rugs!

Thank YOU for helping others by making braided rounds!

All proceeds benefit the winners’ food banks, minus the cost of shipping them their rugs.