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How to Make a Rag Rug

It does not require much skill to make a reasonably attractive rug, and if you would rather make your own than buy one, you will find this simple guide to making a rug interesting and very helpful. You will be using waste materials, so it’s a great way to reuse and recycle old clothes. You just need to be able to do a little crochet – if you do not know how, you can easily pick up the basics – which are all that is required here – by looking up crochet lessons online.

What You Will Need

You will need plenty of cloth to use as the material for your rag rug – in the form of used apparel, rags or old sheets. As far as equipment goes, you will need a large sized crochet hook – 11, for example, a pair of scissors and a ruler.

The Method: Step 1

Keep the cloth you have collected on a table or flat on the ground. Use the scissors to snip off a strip of cloth. Do not cut all the way to the end of the cloth; leave 1 inch of cloth uncut.

Step 2

You must make your next cut 1 ½ inches from your first cut, beginning at the place where you stopped cutting. The two strips you have cut should still be attached to each other. Again, stop cutting 1 inch before the end. Shift up 1 ½ inches and keep cutting strips, leaving the margin of one inch on alternate sides each time you cut a strip.

Step 3

Once you have cut the strips, roll them up into balls and decide how you are going to use the colors to form patterns on your rug.

Step 4

Make a slip knot in one of your strips, and chain six stitches with your crochet hook. Make a slip stitch into the first chain, forming a circle which will be the starting point and centre of your rag rug.

Now make a chain of two stitches and make two new stitches in each of the stitches you already have. Thus you have six stitches in the centre, and twelve in the next circle. You will have to play it by ear as far as the number of stitches for successive circles is concerned. Make sure you do not make your stitches too tight.

Step 5

When you are done with a strip of fabric, you can stitch or tie on the next one to the end.

Step 6

To complete your rag rug, tie the loose hanging end into a loop of the main rug and clip off the tip.

If you find that your rug is becoming wavy or bumpy, you can remove some stitches and miss stitches occasionally to smoothen it out. Adding extra stitches will help make the rug uncurl if it starts to wrinkle up. Make sure your rug is flat as it is being formed.

Making a rag rug is easy and fun – try it out for yourself!

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