How to make a braided rug...
Get yourself nice and bored one snowy/rainy day (hey, you never know these days) and decide you are going to de-clutter a room. Pick the sewing room and attack the fabric shelves.
Start folding and arranging by color for the first 20 minutes. Decide that there is just too much fabric and convince yourself how visions of quilts, dresses and bags are fine and dandy but probably won't be accomplished in your life-time.
Try to put your fabric in a box to give away. Feel guilty for all the money you spent building the mountain of fresh fabric and change your mind.
Assure yourself you can find some time during the alloted 24 hour period to assemble at least one quilt. Give your head a shake - you enjoy sleeping too much.
Recommit to putting that fabric into the give away box. In a moment of jealous rage begin tearing the fabric into strips attesting that if you can't have the fabric no one can.
Giggle nervously, be a little concerned for your state of mind. Take a break. Sit down with a cool drink and open a magazine. Notice a delightful picture of a braided rug.
Flatter yourself into believing you have the time to braid one with all the fabric strips you've just made. Begin braiding. Listen to a book on Librovox.org. Ignore everything else. Braid until the book is done or your children faint from hunger - whichever comes first.
Take the next 6 months trying to hand-stitch the rug together while there is nothing else to do. Get a measly 4 inches done.
Unpack the glue gun. Run to the store for glue sticks. Walk confidently past the discount fabric bin without flinching. Pat yourself on the back for not purchasing fabric.
Plug in your glue gun and begin to cement the rug together. Burn a few fingers but do not cuss - cussing is not for ladies and you are a lady. Complete the rug.
Promise yourself never ever to clean out the sewing room again.