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)
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By debra 04/03/2010
I went to a home and garden show in St. Cloud Minn, quite a few years ago. There was a woman there that had a flat loom with nails on it and used strips of material both up and down to weave a rug. I lost her card and can't find anything close. Does anyone have this pattern? Thanks.
By Shanny (Guest Post)02/08/2009
I found some youtube videos and an explanation that show you how to make a toothbrush rug:
It looks really easy!
By chas (Guest Post)01/22/2009
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?
By (Guest Post)12/28/2008
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.
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows ... cle/0,2045,DIY_15079_2502122,00.html
By sandy (Guest Post)09/08/2008
Does anyone have a copy of the easiest rug pattern, I could have. Thank you so much.
By Karen M. (Guest Post)08/27/2008
I have looked at all the sites recommended and did not find instructions on any of them. I only found descriptions of the rugs, no instructions on how to make a toothbrush rug or what the toothbrush should be shaped like.
By Leah (Guest Post)01/19/2008
Thank you SO much for the instructions. They will really help!
By Debra Williams 11/16/2007
THANKS SO MUCH TO EACH OF YOU THAT SHARED YOUR IDEAS! THESE WILL BE MOST HELPFUL.May God bless each of you.
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Guest Post)11/15/2007
I love all the directions listed, but need to please know what size needle I need to have to crochet a braided rug, and other things or thought that come to mind. Question: I'm LEFT handed, does this make any difference? Thanks Linda
By LITTLE SUZY 10/27/2007
HERE'S ANOTHER THING TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN ORDERING PRECUT AND PREFOLDED FABRIC STRIPS......THE PATTERNS I USE ARE FOR A SIZE Q CROCHET HOOK. IT TAKES 16" OF FABRIC TO MAKE ONE DOUBLE CROCHET. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I'M SAYING......IT TAKES A LOT OF STRIPS TO MAKE A RUG. BE SURE YOU KNOW HOW MUCH TO GET WHEN ORDERING SAY 50 YDS. OF STRIPS. YOU'LL NEED MUCH MORE TO MAKE A RUG. SOMETIMES THE INSTRUCTIONS WILL CALL FOR SO MANY LBS. OF STRIPS ROLLED INTO BALLS. BE SURE THE PATTERN TELLS YOU EXACTLY HOW MANY LBS. YOU NEED FOR WHAT SIZE YOU ARE MAKING. FOR INSTANCE, I HAVE A PATTERN FOR 4 CHAIR PADS, IT TAKES 3 LBS. OF STRIPS, AN OVAL RUG 25" X 32", IT TAKES 4 LBS. OF STRIPS, A HEART RUG 36" X 24", IT TAKES 350 YDS. OF STRIPS.
By LITTLE SUZY 10/24/2007
Remember too..........when making a rag rug if you use fabric in a piece then cut into strips, you'll need approximately 10-13 yds. of material to make a decent size rug, maybe 36" dia. And if you sew shorter little strips together you'll need lots and lots of scraps. I have made many of these and love them. The tee shirt rug takes about 11 mens tee shirts to make a good size one.
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