What better way to reuse and recycle a variety of used fabric than to make a rag rug? This is a guide about making rag rugs.
I have just joined the site and thought you might like to see a rug made from recycled fleece jackets. They are very cheap to buy in the charity shops, there are some brilliant colors and make a super rug. Animals particularly like the cozy feel and I suppose they could be made with the name of the dog/cat.
For a large rug, hessian needs to be fixed on to a stretcher and needs to be quite taut. Cut fleece garments or throws into long half inch strips and work with holding the strip under the hessian and poking a hook.
I used a large crochet hook, through the hessian and picking up a loop through the hole. I continued with loops close to each other following the design drawn on the hessian with marker pen, leaving a border for folding under.
I used double sided carpet tape to fold the edges over but copydex is good. I then covered the back and glued the edges of a square of hessian tucking in a hem for neatness.
Go to http://creativeliving.fr.yuku.com/topic/683#.VgW2wm4ZaXk for the basic instructions and directions. It isn't fleece, but you can use your imagination to figure all.
I looked up "hessian" in Wikipedia and discovered it's the same thing as burlap. Then I searched a while and found a very good video showing how to make a rag rug using hessian or burlap, though no frame is used. Finally, a liquid latex rug backing can be used to make the back stronger and slip-proof. This is available in stores like Michaels, AC Moore, etc. or online through Amazon and other websites. The url for the video is below.
Beautiful! I would also like the directions. I am currently working on a locker hook rug, but its not as pretty.
I like to crochet rag rugs out of fabric scraps. However, you always have to deal with the edges fraying. I got an idea. My husband had about 11 old colored cotton tee shirts. I cut them up in 1 1/2 inch strips going around and around (the fewer strips you've got, the less sewing them together you have to do). Then I crocheted them into a round rug. I think it turned out beautiful. I use it on the side of the bed. It matches everything.
By Donna from Millbury, OH
I might suggest that you try cutting your sweaters into squares and crocheting them together to make one of a kind afghans.
I am really impressed! Your rug is just beautiful. Wouldn't it be great to make one for a wall hanging?
This is for little Suzy. I tried to e-mail you to get the instructions and I got my letter back and said that was not a correct e-mail address. I would like the instructions at dbrt73 AT yahoo.com
Thank you and I will try to make one as pretty as yours.
jlockwood3 AT woh.rr.com. This is your e-mail right? They said it was not a legal one.
Using old tee shirt scraps I used to make a t-shirt quilt, I made a crocheted rag rug. My rug is 40 inches in diameter.
Approximate Time: 10 hours.
By Little Suzy from Millbury, OH
Great idea suzy! I bet it's soft also and what a good way to use unwanted t-shirts. Bravo!
Looks awesome, I have been saving shirts up. lol Family calls me a hoarder.
This is great, could even be used as a Christmas Tree skirt!
These are rag rugs that I make and sell. They are around my house on all of the floors. We enjoy using them!
Instructions on how to make a rag rug out of strips of materials as suggested by the ThriftyFun community. Post your own advice here.
I have made a circle rag rug and a rectangle rag rug this way. They are multi-colors (no patterns) and all from tee-shirts. They are sturdy and wash up easily in the washing machine. I highly recommend the person who wants to start with rag rugs try making one like this...it's easy and looks nice when finished. (10/05/2001)
By Leigh Ann
Look through books, flea markets, etc., to see what type you like, then look for instructions. It's kind of hard to explain how to make them when one is not sure of the type you're wanting to make. Some need special equipment (looms, hooks, needles, etc.).
Also, the best type of fabric to use depends on the type of rug you want to make -- hooked rugs are best made from old woolens, ones woven on looms are great made with cottons, crocheted rugs work nicely when made from old t-shirts or knits, braided rugs made out of wools last forever, and so on. Also, I've found that ones made from cottons or sheets last longest when the strips are sewn together end-to-end rather than pulled through loops/slits or tied -- they seem to hold up through more washings.
I absolutely love rag rugs and have used them for almost 50 years. They are a fantastic way to recycle outgrown, unstylish, stained, or ruined clothing and get something usable. A lot of work goes into them, so make sure you make a style that will work both for you and the fabric you have on hand. (01/02/2007)
This site link below has instructions for creating the toothbrush rugs and has a couple of pictures that help out - along with a picture of the toothbrush needle beside a toothbrush for a reference point.
Am looking to make a rag rug the easiest way. I like the braided way but how wide do I cut the material to do this. I know it's 3 very p long strips and you tied them together by a knot. But how wide is the I strip. Pleases if anyone knows?
I found some youtube videos and an explanation that show you how to make a toothbrush rug:
It looks really easy!
I crocheted this small rag rug out of 2 nighties, 2 tee shirts, and a pair of knit shorts. It measures 28 inches in diameter. I love working with old knit clothing because the edges do not fray.
This is an image of a picture I did using the same technique as the rag rug using narrower strips.
My round rug (3 ft in diameter) is really puffing up in the middle. It seemed to be laying flat while I was working on it. Then the farther I got from the middle it started poofing up, cone shaped.
How do you make a rag rug or a tied rug?
I am looking for instructions to crochet an oblong rag rug.