How to make a toothbrush rug tool

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How to make a toothbrush rug tool
Use a basic toothbrush to create the needle for toothbrush rug making. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A toothbrush rug is made using a technique with strips of fabric and a toothbrush as your needle. Make a toothbrush rug tool using an old brush that has outlived its hygienic usefulness. A point created on one end of the handle will allow the needle to easily slip under the previous stitches on the rug, while a hole drilled in the other end is the eye of the needle used for threading the fabric strips.

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Things you need

  • Toothbrush
  • Jigsaw
  • Electric grinder
  • Ruler
  • Permanent marker
  • Scrap wood
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit

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  1. 1

    Cut off the bristled head of a toothbrush using a jigsaw. This will leave you with the toothbrush handle.

  2. 2

    Place the cut end of the handle against the grinding wheel of an electric grinder. Shape the end into a point.

  3. 3

    Measure down a 1/4 inch from the uncut end of the handle and mark it with a permanent marker.

  4. 4

    Place the toothbrush handle on a piece of scrap wood. The scrap wood will prevent accidentally drilling through your table. Drill through the mark on the handle using a 1/4-inch drill bit. This is the eye of the needle.

Tips and warnings

  • Inexpensive toothbrushes are available at discount and dollar stores. Many may already have a hole for hanging, eliminating the need to drill a new one.
  • A toothbrush with a smooth handle is recommended. A handle with a rubber grip will prevent the tool from sliding smoothly through the fabric stitches.

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