How to Make an Old Fashioned Crocheted Rag Rug
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How to Make an Old Fashioned Crocheted Rag Rug

Making a rag rug from recycled sheets or fabric. Vintage look, machine washes and dries, and lasts a long time!

Did you ever see these cool old crocheted rag rugs?  My great grandmother taught me how to make them.  She made them from worn out clothing and bed sheets.  You can use old clothing, or buy fabric to use.  I've done both, and will tell you how to make one from old bed sheets!  Got a couple sheets you like the colors in, but they aren't usuable anymore due to wear or colors?  Make a long-lasting crocheted rag rug!

Start by picking out what sheets you will use.  You will need at least 2 for a rug that will measure 30 inches by 24 inches.  Take off the hems, either my cutting them off or removing the sewing in the casings.  Start at the top with your scissors and cut down about 1 inch into the sheet and make these cuts all the way across the top of the sheet in 1 inch increments.  Now, the fun part!  (Persons with allergy issues may want to wear a mask during this part... the lint can be pretty intense).  Take each section you cut and tear it all the way down, making sheet long 1 inch strips of the material.  Do both sheets the same way.  You'll end up with piles of 1 inch fabric strips. Now you are ready to start sewing!

Decide whether you want to machine sew or hand sew the strips together.  Machine sewing is much faster, but some prefer to hand sew.   We'll look at the machine sewing!  If you choose hand sewing, sew together in the same manner.  Make a pile of the strips by your machine and take a strip and overlap the end of another about 1/2 inch.  Sew the two together with a triple sew.  In other words, sew accross the strip, sew back and then sew again.  Try to get the sewing close to the ends of both strips, with the center sew in the center of the overlapping part.  Cut the thread, grab one end of what you just sewed, and add another strip.  Sew as in the last one.  Continue until you have used all your strips. Now you will have one long continuous strip of fabric.  When you are doing the sewing, look at the colors of the sheets (if you are using more than one color).  Decide what pattern is pleasing to you and use that pattern throughout the sewing. 

Now, you are ready to crochet.  Make a loop in the end of the strip, just a little larger than your crochet needle.  I use a K or bigger hook.  A small hook will not work for this project.  The bigger the better!  Put your hook through the loop and chain from 10 to 30 chain stitches.  10 chain stitches will give you almost a round rug, and 30 will make an oblong oval rug.  After chaining, start around the work, making single stitches in each hole, excepting in the corners.  Make 2 double stitches in each corner.  You this each time around until the rug is about 5 or 6 inches across the short side.  Then you will make double stitches as needed to keep the rug flat and to prevent curling. 

Crochet around the rug continually until you have used all the stripping you have made.  Are you satisfied with the size?  If not, put the project away until you find more sheets to use or buy more fabric.  If the size is adequate for your use, then tie off the strip of fabric at the end and pull it through a few of your stitches down into the rug.  With a needle and thread, sew the end down into a place down in the rug. 

And now, you have a beautiful, vintage looking rag rug, plus you recycled some fabric that wasn't usable anymore. 

Happy crocheting!

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I have always wanted to do this. Thanks for the instructions!