Written by Rishi Das
|Tuesday, 04 February 2014|
How to Make a Rug
BENEFTIS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
The process of creating your own rug from everyday materials encourages the use of recycling in our daily life. One can make use of old clothes, towels, or really any cloth you no longer have use for. Not only does this skill create a great piece of custom decoration, but represents a great way to becoming more resourceful towards various aspects of living. Perhaps from making rugs, one becomes an expert at brewing homemade biodiesel. Therefore as a whole, rug making not only fosters creation of an environmentally friendly item but environmentally friendly behaviors.
BENEFITS FOR YOU:
You can keep treasured old clothing! Have an old piece of clothing with a great design you just love? Weren't you heartbroken when you found it no longer fit you? If you make the clothing into a rug, you will forever be able to enjoy the design/color/fabric on your hardwood floors. You can design your own rug just the way you want it! Making your own rug ensures that you have control over the style, shape and size. You can choose from styles such as braided, hooked, crocheted, etc. You can even make your own rug design and choose the colors you like. Moreover, there is the added bonus of an ego boost from presenting a well made, creative item as something that you created and something that enhances the urban environment.
Of course, your old clothes are free, and chances are you have scissors and measuring utensils already lying around. So all you really have to buy are sewing utensils. The cheapest hooks are around $0.46 each,4 but if you get really into it, you can also buy specialized ones that are over $50! If you want more guidance, you can buy rug-making kits. Prices on kits range from $14-$400 and even higher.5
Time and effort: Low to Moderate
You do not need to be a master at crocheting to make beautiful rugs! This guide will teach you some of the basic stitches needed to make a rug. The most time-consuming part of making a crochet rag rug is cutting all of the strips. The stitches are rather simple and should only take around an hour. Experience in sewing is definitely an added bonus and perhaps the maestros in this art can finish the products at light speed. Even as someone relatively inexperienced, nowadays there are countless photo blogs6 and videos7 available on the internet that can give you a good idea of how the product will appear at different intermediate stages.
Crocheted Rag Rugs
This guide will focus on the creation of a type of rag known as the Crocheted Rag Rug. Crocheted Rag Rugs are simple to make, composed of numerous fabric strips sewn together to make brilliant shapes and patterns. They are simple and can be made in a variety of shapes and patterns.
Lots of old worn clothes (anything from blue jeans to pajama bottoms will do, to make a whole crocheted rug, you may need a few t-shirts)
Large crochet hook (Q size is best)
Basic crocheting9 stitches
Chain: Start with a loop on the hook. Loop a fabric strip over the hook, and pull through. Looks like a V.
Slip stitch: Insert the hook into the foundation chain or stitch, and loop the fabric strip over. Pull through both the chain or stitch and the loop on the hook.
Single crochet: Insert the hook into the foundation chain or stitch, then loop the fabric strip over, and pull through the chain or stitch (two loops on the hook). Loop the fabric strip over, and pull through both loops.
Simple crocheted rug:
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