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How to make a toothbrush rug tool

Updated April 17, 2017

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

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

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

  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.

  5. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.

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