Thursday, August 18, 2011

How to make a rag rug tutorial

Gather some cloth.  I used up some fat quarters and yards of fabric I wasnt too crazy about and used them for this rug.  Cut (or rip) 2 1/2 inch strips.  I tried to use the length of the fabric for my strips.  When I used the width of the fabric (from selvedge to selvedge) I left the selvedge on as you can see in the following pics.  It's a rag rug after all so no need to be too picky.  If you wanted to you could iron your strips and even hide the raggedy edges depending on the look you are going for.

Take your the first strip and cut about a one inch slit about 1/2 to 1 inch in from the end.  If you goof and cut too near to the end, just lop off that section and start again.

With the right side of the first strip facing you, pull your second strip through that slit with the wrong side facing you (of the second strip).  Cut a slit in the second strip the same way you did the first strip.

Now you are going to take the second strip's other end (without a slit) and pull it through the slit you just made in the second strip.  It's like a slip knot sorta.

Pull on that second strip until a knot forms but not so much that you hear cloth tearing (not so good to hear that :))  Continue adding strips this way until you get a length that you are comfortable with to start the rug.  I made my rug rectangular.  I used a big crochet hook (I think it was a L size) and started the rug with a chain of about 12-15 stitches (of course I did this tutorial after I crocheted the rug and didnt write anything down before).  You will crochet around that chain on both sides using a single crochet and making 3 single crochets in each end of the piece.  I did not join on any round, just kept going around in circles, kind of like my life LOL. 

Here is a pic of me doing the single crochet.  I just did each stitch in the back of the loops to form a ridge on the top of the rug.  There are tutorials on the internet for doing single crochet.  I'm afraid I'm not very good explaining it on here but just google it and you'll find a tutorial on it.  It is an easy stitch to do.  One tip, when you pull your loop through the two loops on your needle pull it a little bit looser than you would normally.  This will help keep the rug flatter I found. 

  When you get to the 3 stitches you made in the ends make 3 stitches in the first stitch and 3 stitches in the third stitch.  This will make your corners for the rectangle.  Every round make three stitches in the middle stitch of those three stitches.  Hope that is clear as mud ;)

Here is my completed rug.  It isnt too big just big enough for the bathroom.  You will have a lot of threads come off or at least I did and I just cut those off when they got in my way.  If you are going to use this with children or older people, you might want to use one of those rug backers on the back as it can be slippery underfoot.  I found that this is a cat magnet!  Yes my cats were sleeping on it every chance they got as I was making it cause I would put it down on the floor when I stopped working on it for a while.  It is a great use for all those odds and ends and you could even use some old tablecloths or sheets as if they are stained you wont notice that once it is crocheted up.  The 2 1/2 inch strips make for a very cushy rug but you could also do thinner strips too.  I didnt work nonstop on this because I found that my hands hurt from crocheting and tugging the loops through especially when I came to a knot but then I do have carpal tunnel so you may have no problems at all.

Oh I almost forgot - to end the rug just pull the end of the last strip through and pull tight.  I wove the end into the back side of the rug under some of the previous stitches.  Cut the remainder and you are ready to use your rug!
If you have any questions or problems with this tutorial, just let me know and I'll address them in an another blog entry.

Talk to ya later!


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  1. That is SO COOL! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. Hi Denise, I popped in from Rhonda's blog.
    You finished rug looks very pretty and so thrifty too. Well done

  3. Hi jumped over from D2E. Thanks for the tutorial, will be kept in mind for when I have lots of leftovers from projects. I understand the pain of crocheting with thick materials, sometimes my thumb throbs really painfully and have to rest it for awhile.

  4. Hello Denise, Visiting from Down to Earth. Love your rag rug, I started one a few weeks back but it got too hard. You have inspired me to have another go.

  5. Well done. Have always thought I'd get around to making a rag rug one day. There's never enough hours in the day!

  6. Thank you for the tutorial :) I've love to do a rag rug, unfortunately my rag pile still sits at one shirt lol

  7. Lovely!
    I'm visiting from Down to Earth.
    Thanks for the tutorial :) .

  8. huge fan of rag rugs myself...thanks for this post!

  9. I'm glad everyone likes this post so much. Thanks for visiting!


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