Sunday, April 29, 2018

Crocheted Rag Rug!

    Rag Rugs so popular now and have been around for generations. There are so many different methods of making these fun and scrappy rugs from our Grandmother's method of "Toothbrush rugs" to braided rugs sewn together on a sewing machine to those wrapped around cotton rope and then zig-zagged together!  

I like to make things easy when I can so I decided to crochet strips of cotton! This is a great project to work on while watching tele with the hubby! 


You will need lots and lots of fabric strings! I cut mine approx 1" and fold to half inch or if I am cutting off the fabric fold, I cut them 1/2" . I usually cut off the selvage edge at 1" and fold them to 1/2". You can press them over if you prefer. 


I use a size US N15 or 10mm with the folded 1/2 inch strips. I found that too much of the white backside of the fabrics showed if you don't fold them over. If you don't mind that, then you could just cut 1/2' strips for a lighter weight rug. Also, I leave the edges raw - I can't wait to wash it and see how well the edges ravel. 

I started by Chain stitching 6 stitches. ( or more!) 
 You can make your rug round, oval or even square - like a granny Square! 
I decided I wanted mine Ovalish. 
To make an Oval rug:
Ch 6 . Add 2 Double Crochets in the same hole as the last chain.

Dbl Crochet down the side in each chain to the other end.  When you get to the end of the 6 initial chains you will need to do 3 double crochets in the same hole to turn the corner. Tuck in the tail from the beginning. Keep your stitches loose. Turn and then continue down the side to the other end. Do 3 Dbl Crochets in the end hole and repeat. You may need to add extra stitches as you go along to shape your rug.

To add the next String you can either just knot them together if you don't mind the tails sticking up or you can join them by machine. I started out knotting mine, but as the Rug grew heavier, I decided to machine stitch the joins. I sure don't want any know pulling apart. 

Leave a long tail on the Rug.


Join 2 or 3 strings together. I overlap mine and stitch on my machine. If you join more than 3 at a time, they get really twisted and you spend alot of time untwisting them. 


Then join to the tail on the Rug using the same method:


Then just continue Crocheting adding stitches or skipping stitches as needed to help your Rug lay flat. I throw mine on the floor to see how it is progressing. Don't be afraid to add in a few extra stitches if needed to help it lay flat. If it is wavy, then you need to skip a stitch or two and maybe tighten up your stitches a little. You will get the feel of it as you go along. 

I am right handed and I have started folding over the rug to make it more comfortable to stitch. 



This is a really fun project to use up all those scraps. But you could also make a two or three color rug that would be gorgeous! I haven't decided how big I want to make this one. I started out making a Hot pad. It is so squishy I thought it would be a great shower mat  and since it is 100 percent cotton it would be really absorbent! Then I decided I wanted it to go beside the bed but now I think I want to put in the entrance area. 
  I think to finish it off I will gradually switch down to single crochet and then hand stitch the end down. I will post a photo when I am finished! Right now it is 24 long x 20 wide and already weighs 2 pounds! 
 Have you ever made a Rug? I would love to see photos! You can share on my new facebook page created just for you to share your projects! Whether it is English Paper piecing, quilting, rug making etc...we want to see your masterpieces!  Please join us here:  " Sew Fun with Featherweight Quilt Company" 



I hope yall enjoyed my little Rag Rug tutorial! I can't wait to see what you create! 

Happy Stitching and creating!
xo Jan

2 comments :

  1. I remember the rag rugs Nana made; she had several in her kitchen. Also she used to make rugs and bags out of plastic bags. Thanks for this tutorial....it's very tempting to start one! Your's is looking so good :-)

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  2. I love this as another way to use up those pesky scraps! Thanks for the info!

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