02 July 2012

Raggy Crochet Rugs

Isn't it so cool when you've got a homemade rug to walk on?  The satisfaction of knowing you made it, that you'll have the rug forever and knowing that it's 100% yours is unbeatable.

Max made an American Braided Rug out of old woolen blankets.  I love it but I don't know if I would have the stamina to get one finished myself.  I have had a rag-rug on my mind lately...

I had two sheets I bought for a total of $4 from a store in Christchurch, everything there is $2.  It's a giant op-shop and it's easy to spend a lot of time there just looking through everything for the 'pearls'.  Anyway, the sheets have been turned into a couple of things so far, round puffy cushions an awesome chic Amy and I made.  I also used the sheets to make new pillowcases for my tri-pillow after my son was born you'll see the pillow in that post, under another mat-crochet thingee which hasn't been finished yet... oops.

Thanks to Pinterest, I came across a pic of a rag rug made from a cut up sheet.  I was inspired and this is where I'm up to so far:

It's made using ripped lengths of the sheet, one inch wide each, and a 9mm crochet hook.  The sheet is there in the background.

I'm joining the lengths by making a 1cm cut in the end of the strip when I get up to it and folding about 3 inches of the start of a new strip though the hole.  I hope the pic above is enough to show you how it looks.  The whole rug is about 1cm thick and going to be awesome.

It's quiet tricky to crochet and I get a bit of RSI in my hands after a while.  But it grows quickly and I can't wait until it's finished!



  1. wow, that is looks ace! i soooo wish i could crochet. i also love how you made so many things out of one item. that could be such a great competition, kind of like a crafty-bloggy version of 'how many people can you fit in a mini'!!!

    1. Haha, yes, only two single sheets. I'm very pleased! That does sound like a good and fun competition.....

  2. Looks great! I love having handmade stuff adorning the house

  3. Cool! This is on my to do list one day!

  4. Oh, I've made something very similar to this!

    At first it was a rug, I think - I wasn't making it "into" anything, I was just crocheting. But as I kept working on it, it became bigger and, well - heavier. A LOT heavier. Like 5 kilos sort of heavier.

    And then at some point I thought: I've got this ugly sofa we got from recycling centre for 5 bucks, why not cover it with this crocheting stuff? And so I did! It's still work in progress, but it's getting there. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kCaI2bSOHtM/ULwT6yyTBhI/AAAAAAAABxU/hrPYtXOo-ig/s1600/IMG_4422.JPG

    Plus, because I crochet it as it's ON THE SOFA, then I don't have to lift it and the thing weighs something like 9 kilos now :P

    1. WOW! That is one impressive work of crochet!!! I don't think I'd have the patience to do it so large. That's awesome!

    2. Well it's not really THAT large. I mean it is large in a sense that it looks large because it covers the whole sofa, but if you counted how many knots it has then it's not really that many. It's made of old cut up t-shirts and old towels and old bedsheets, so quite bulky "thread".

      (Sorry, I don't know any terminology so I'm using whatever words I can think of to describe the thing.)

      Or, to put it in other words: if I were crocheting the same thing with standard wool "thread" and standard crochet hook, then we'd probably be looking at maybe half a sweater size thingy; whereas this is just mostly uncomfortable to work on (my fingers get tired from the weight) and time-consuming to cut up. And then energy-consuming to vacuum up all the fluffy bits from the floor. But it's not large in a sense of having many knots.

    3. Btw, have you finished working on this thing? What have you made it into?

    4. Uh-oh... caught! I'll be honest, I haven't finished it! I know exactly where it is and, yes, I should (have to) finish it now. I'll comment here again when it's done... maybe I'll give myself a few months? Haha... oops!

      It is a little bigger now than the picture above. :)


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