Monday, July 14, 2014

Crochet rag rug

After sewing together miles of strips.......
and using the simplest of crochet stitches (sc), a rag rug was born.  I love the pretty watercolor effect you get from using different fabrics.
I had fun with this up to the point when I ran out of strips in my scrap bucket.  By then it was almost 3/4 of the way done, and I had to start cutting into bigger fabric pieces and yardage. I had some kind of mental block about that and production ceased for a few weeks.  Then I pulled my finger out, and in a burst of frenzied strip cutting, sewing, and single-crocheting, I finally finished it.
 I was really surprised at how heavy it became as it grew in length.  Crocheting the last few rows was like a wrestling match, and I threw in the towel at 21x28 inches.  But I love it! ( So does my daughter. It's now in her kitchen.)

Here's the scrap bucket I was pulling from.  I'm sure there's another rug in there somewhere.
Have a great crafty week.  May your scrap bucket always be full : )
***Crochet rag rug tutorial is available on Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. That is really pretty! I bet you used a really large hook and your arms hurt after you crochet for a while. You always have the nicest ideas that I want to make some day!

  2. Wow this came out pretty, I love the finished look. Im scrap busting to at the moment and using scraps for a mat or rug. Mine is the plaited kind and zig-zaged on the machine. I can not see scraps go to waste x

  3. I love your rag rug! Gorgeous and so cool!

  4. Your rug looks so pretty, I love the colours in it.

  5. Pulled your finger out? Lol. Very cool rug

  6. Oh wow that's gorgeous! Not sure my crochet is up to that (although the scrap basket certainly is), but just in case - what width strips? And what size hooks. ?

  7. So much fun! I have a zillion scraps in my collection I could use! I actually have a few of the same Amy Butler prints! Saving this one for a rainy day! :)

  8. I love it and would love to know a bit more about how you did it, the width and length of the strips, did you sew them together or make a little slit in the end of the strip and hook them together? About how many did you use and the size of your finished rug.
    Thank you.....I feel another post coming on for you.

  9. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! I too have crocheted rag rugs. It has been several years and I made them out of necessity because I had light blue gingham curtains but there just wasn't any rugs to match, so I bought some light blue gingham yardage and started ripping strips. I joined them by cutting a small slit in the ends and joining that way (I really should do a tutorial on that) you can find that method on the internet I am sure. Anyways, I needed a dark cinnamon color to add because my wallpaper was primarily that color and so once again I had to improvise. I bought more cotton fabric, only this time it was a goofy Halloween print. Once it was crocheted in you couldn't even tell what was on the fabric, it just blended in, where are the rugs, why washed, and folded up, in the linen closet.....unfortunately my 2 little dogs liked them all too well, if you get my meaning. I made my rugs in an oval and it was so much fun. They wash up nicely and do get softer with each washing.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  10. Hi Susanne! Yes I noticed that even if I used an "ugly" fabric it didn't matter because it blends right in. Good thing my daughter has claimed the rug as I'm sure my dog would love to sink her teeth into it haha!

  11. Love how this turned out Lynne. I would like to make one, but I am waiting to be cloned. ;-)


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