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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day 2018 and Slow Stitching Sunday!

 Happy Earth Day everyone!!
   Yesterday was such a beautiful day! The oaks trees and sky were so vibrant! I think Spring is really actually here!


 A small group of Tree Swallows showed up at the house. We have Gourds up at the farm but not at the house. It was a scramble to try to get some put up at the house before they left.


Swallows are not scared of people and will usually settle in close to your home or barn. This little guy kept flying very close to me.


This one decided to check out one of the bluebird houses but he quickly left when he discovered 4 bluebird eggs in the house.


Today it is raining after that gorgeous bright blue sky yesterday. A small limb broke off of the snowball bush when hubby cut grass, so I brought it in to enjoy on this rainy day!


  I had planned to plant some trees for Earth Day but they have not arrived yet. They will get planted once they get here.
   This afternoon I went back to working on my Buttermilk Basin FREE Block of the Month. With the ETSY shop  I work most days, but took a break today to have some fun sewing for myself :)! ! This is my first adventure into wool applique. I have so much to learn about that. Have you ever done Wool applique? What did you like or dislike about it? I made a HUGE mistake on this first block and used iron on fusible so now I am really having a hard time getting my needle thru. It keeps gumming up. I am tempted to toss it and remake the block. 


This is the 3rd block that I just started. I used small dabs of Applique glue . So far no problems. 

Sorry for the blurry rainy day photo! 

All in all it has been a beautiful and peaceful Earth Day! I hope you are having a wonderful day wherever you are!
  Linking up to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday!
Thank you for stopping by!
xo Jan

Sunday, April 1, 2018

New Neighbors, The Easter Bunny, Aurifil , Little Dresses for Africa 2018 and Patchwork of the Crosses

    Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are having a beautiful Easter Sunday! 
We had some new neighbors checking out the neighborhood early this morning!


They decided to go with a new house and started moving in! 


And the Easter Bunny paid a visit to my very overgrown garden patch!  



I have been very, very busy with my ETSY shop , Featherweight Quilt Company. This years Patchwork of the Crosses Easter blocks are all already gone. 



They were so much fun. And I have lots of new Patchwork of the Crosses kits available in the ETSY shop.


Modern, Traditional, 1930's and Civil War!


And one of my favorites!


I have also restocked my exclusive Patchwork of the Crosses Starter kits! 

This kit is a fun and very popular way to get started on your quilt! 

 I have also put all Aurifil thread sets on Sale!! 

 Large spool sets:








Small Spool boxed sets:










And a few fun and popular sets with Mini Charms and a Free pattern: 







Supplies are very limited on Thread sets! You can find them here:

    Also, our 2018 Little Dresses for Africa Sew- along link up party will be the first week of July. Exact dates, pattern links and sponsor prizes will soon be announced!  


 This is the highlight of my summer! I love having a Charity project to work on and seeing these smiling faces is such a blessing! 

Little Dresses for Africa also needs boy shorts. They will accept new or slightly used shorts in all sizes! So keep that in mind. It is fun to make a few simple shorts.


Be sure to watch for an upcoming post for Little Dresses for Africa sew along! I plan on going ahead and getting started as soon as I can so maybe I can reach my 10 Dress goal again this year! 


I sure do miss these two silly girls, Lilly and Lucy! 

Happy Stitching dear friends!
Have a beautiful Easter day and Thank you for stopping by!
xoxo Jan