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Frugal Scrap Rug

I have been wanting to make a rug for a while and finally decided on how to do it. While in my local craft store, I found a nice sized latch hook canvas. I started saving my little yarn clippings from knitting and crocheting and now I am using them for my rug!

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It is going to take me a while to complete, but in the end, I will have a really cool, multicolored rug made out of recycled little pieces of yarn that would have gone in the garbage.

By Amy from Long Branch, NJ

The start of a latchhook rug on a canvas
 

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August 24, 20110 found this helpful

This is a great idea! I do needlepoint and crochet, and really hate throwing out those scraps of yarn. Now I'll save them up for a rug. :)

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August 24, 20110 found this helpful

How are you attaching the yarn bits?

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August 25, 20110 found this helpful

How are you putting them on? I love the idea but not sure how you did it!

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

I used to hook rugs a lot, and had a yarn cutter. I took all of my leftover yarn, cut it, and made a rug much like yours. I hooked each color on the diagonal in as many rows as that color would cover. Some colors were just one row wide, others were six rows wide, with every variation in between.

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Keeping the colors together in a uniform pattern gave the rug a unified look. I gave it to my sister for a Christmas gift the year I finished it--that was 30 years ago. I recently saw it, and was surprised at how it held up and how nice it still looked. It would be well worth the money to buy a single color to block between the other scrap colors to give yours a unified look.

I've found that for my use, it also works better if the lengths are similar, so I trimmed mine. I hope that your is as nice as mine was when I finished. Enjoy!

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