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lindaschipper 09-25-2019 08:19 AM

Have you made a rag rug?
 
Looking on a web site today and came across a pattern and tool to make rag rugs from strips of leftover fabric or 6 yards of one print. These are the kind you tie the strips with a knot and use a special tool to thread them through the previous line you made. (almost like crocheting with a needle.) Not the oval rugs you make with your sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch. My husbands grandmother use to make these types of rugs and he likes them. So of course with my millions of strips (so it seems) I thought about making one or two over the winter months. Have you ever made one? Did you enjoy the process? Did they last or fall apart? Let me know your thoughts please.

IrishgalfromNJ 09-25-2019 11:28 AM

I have not done this yet. I tried to make a rag rug with a crochet hook one time but I got frustrated with the process and didn't get very far. Be sure to show us your project if you decide to make it. You may inspire someone to get started.

KalamaQuilts 09-25-2019 12:10 PM

would that be a toothbrush rug technique? toothbrushes used to have a hold in them which is where the term came from. My cousin teaches this every winter at her local college, she has made some gorgeous ones. She tried to teach me, but I'd rather be sewing so she made me a beautiful blue and red rug and I made her a quilt :) she also does loom rugs.

Rhonda K 09-25-2019 03:42 PM

Check in the craft stores for the tool. It might in the section with the big yarns that have loops. Good luck!

cannyquilter 09-25-2019 11:57 PM

This craft is having a revival here in U.K. I'm visiting a local living history museum this morning with a group of "progy" mat makers. We are finding out about the history of mat making and looking at samples also some vintage quilts.

cindyb 09-26-2019 04:24 AM

I am interested in this also. Sounds like something to work on in my lap for the colder winter evenings. Would love to see some pictures or a direct link on instructions.

farmquilter 09-26-2019 04:31 AM


Originally Posted by lindaschipper (Post 8305787)
Looking on a web site today and came across a pattern and tool to make rag rugs from strips of leftover fabric or 6 yards of one print. These are the kind you tie the strips with a knot and use a special tool to thread them through the previous line you made. (almost like crocheting with a needle.) Not the oval rugs you make with your sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch. My husbands grandmother use to make these types of rugs and he likes them. So of course with my millions of strips (so it seems) I thought about making one or two over the winter months. Have you ever made one? Did you enjoy the process? Did they last or fall apart? Let me know your thoughts please.

I will send you a PM about the rug.

luvstoquilt 09-26-2019 04:35 AM

I haven’t and won’t. At my age I am afraid of falling and those rugs look like they would really slip and slide! They are really pretty though.

farmquilter 09-26-2019 05:30 AM


Originally Posted by cindyb (Post 8306020)
I am interested in this also. Sounds like something to work on in my lap for the colder winter evenings. Would love to see some pictures or a direct link on instructions.

https://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponli...nd-Tool/207124 This shows a different 'needle' than I used to make a T-shirt knit rug. Guess mine is called a the toothbrush tool.

Sent you a PM.

thimblebug6000 09-26-2019 08:34 AM

I made one with a similar "locker hooking" hook, but I found it very hard on my hands and gave the hook away after. Here is a link showing some instructions, if that helps?https://www.instructables.com/id/How...cker-Hook-Rug/

Rhonda Lee 09-26-2019 10:37 AM

Yes I have made one that is tied together by using a tool. It was easy to do and used a lot of strips. When I make more of these I need to work on my tension as the rug was a little wobbly in places. The rug is rectangular and was it ever fun to choose old fabric that I'd never use otherwise. Have fun with it. I ordered the tool and instructions from Nancys notions.

HettyB 09-26-2019 11:52 AM


Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 (Post 8306176)
I made one with a similar "locker hooking" hook, but I found it very hard on my hands and gave the hook away after. Here is a link showing some instructions, if that helps?https://www.instructables.com/id/How...cker-Hook-Rug/

I have used a locker hook. When I first tried using the standard rug canvas - that white scratchy stuff, it was tough going and and found it to rough and my hands ached. Tried again with soft canvas (brown like 'tapestry' canvas) that I gently hand-washed and block dried to get rid of the sizing. It was softer and more pliable and certainly easier on the hands.

LindaJane 09-26-2019 11:57 AM

I have made many using a wooden frame and the instructions from the book Rugs from Rags by country threads. This does result in only being able to make one size of a rug. I have made over 30 rugs and all have been very well received. They are my go to wedding and housewarming gift.

I have also tried to make a toothbrush rug but didn't get the hang of it.

tuckyquilter 09-26-2019 12:31 PM

I crocheted my rag rugs with a huge crochet hook. Knotted the ends and kept going. They last for years.

1Nanoo 09-26-2019 06:06 PM

My Great Grandmother had crocheted rugs she had made, and I always wanted one; so I bought a couple at craft sales. They are very durable and so pretty beside beds with quilts on them. To make one is on my project list.

Crispy_Frog 09-27-2019 07:16 PM

Look up Aunt Philly's rag rug, or toothbrush rug. I saw a demo and it looks easy.

tranum 10-03-2019 02:55 PM

Not knowing what I was doing, I used strips of sheets & crocheted an oval rug. I remember I had to increase stitches on the corners. It turned out so well, I made another & have used them for years in the basement. I should add, I can barely crochet.


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