Crocheted Rag Rugs
Some basic knowledge of Crochet is needed for this one. Roll up all the cotton and cotton/poly fabrics you have. Old sheets,
old clothes, fabric scraps from the sewing room. the fabric can be cut into strips and the ends can be stitched togetehdr
cut one fabric into 2" wide strips ripping the fabric creates a lot of fine lint dust that can bother breathing and be
downright nasty to vacuum up and hence cutting is opposed to ripping. cut rather than rip for finished product. To tie
them together in a bundle When the first fabric is cut into strips, use one of the strips. When all the fabric has been
reduced to strips, take one bundle, open it and begin to sew the ends of each strip together to form a long continuous
strip. Begin to roll them individually into balls When all the bundles have been turned into long "strands of yarn".
Fold the outside edges toward the center and then fold the strip in the center (like single fold bias tape). This is
done at the same time you're rolling it into a ball.
Begin by making a chain for the foundation. For large rugs (36x24-inches and larger) begin with a 10 to 12 inch chain.
For small to medium sized rugs (18" to 24" long), begin with a 6 to 8-inch chain. (Leave about a 10-inch tail of fabric
and as you work, crochet over this so it's hidden). The entire rug is worked in single crochet (sc).
Skip one chain and make 3 sc in next st (one end started). Working in one loop only of foundation chain, make 1 sc in each
st down one side; make 3 sc in other end and work 1 sc in each st back to the 1st sc. Rounds are not joined and it's not
necessary to mark them either. These rugs can be machine washed and will last for many years.