How do you make a rag rug or a tied rug?
By Penny from Watson, LA
You usually need a loom to make a traditional rag rug. However I have seen a charming rag rug made using crochet. First you make strips out of the rags and attach them end to end. Next you take a large plastic crochet needle and crochet the one long strip. You can make round/oblong rugs by single crocheting in a circle/snail pattern. Or you can make rectangular ones going back and forth.
You can cut rags into long pieces about 2 inches wide & plait them as in hair. Lay them in a circle then sew them together by hand with needle & thread, good luck.
Just took a class. simple single crochet. Old sheet ripped into one inch length. Fold and end over itself by an inch small cut with scissors that way you can add the next strip on like a slip knot do all strips or as you go. Get the biggest crochet needle. It is plastic no number on it but like those giant pencils we had as kids. Start with a slip knot and 4 or 5 single crochet then connect into first just continue around if you want to make oblong, single crochet twice in same stitch. Very easy! Sore forearms once it gets bigger. (picture is the slit to join pieces) Good Luck!
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I went to a craft show and a lady had fixed rugs. She cut small squares, folded them and sewed them them together. I looked on the web for rag rugs, but couldn't find this kind. She lives around Marshville, MO
Kathleen from Springfield, MO
eBay sellers have lots of rag items to choose from that they have made. Most will be listed in the crafts section umber handmade items. Lots to choose from like purses, totes, diaper bags, table runners, blankets, etc. And at very reasonable prices too. I just got one in a purse the other day. (10/17/2007)