There are many different ways to turn rags and fabric strips into beautiful rugs. Crochet rag rugs are one of the best choices. They're easy to make, and you can quickly create a beautiful decor item for any home. If you want to make one of these rugs, then you need to have the right supplies. You can purchase crochet rag rug kits, but you can also make your own.
Materials for Crochet Rag Rug Kits
You only need two basic materials to crochet rag rugs:
- "Rags" or fabric strips (or yarn similar to those)
- Crochet hook
Crochet Hook for Rag Rugs
If you're working with a rag rug crochet pattern then you can use the crochet hook size that the pattern calls for. If you're making your own rug design (such as a large granny square, circle, or oval) then you should use the hook that suits the yarn size. In most cases, that will be a large crochet hook. You might want to start with a size J and work your way up from there until you get a size that feels right.
The smaller the hook, the harder it'll be to work with thick fabric. However, a smaller hook does give you a denser design, which you might want for rugs in some areas of the home. Working with a size M/N crochet hook is often a good choice but that varies a lot depending on:
- The thickness of your fabric strips
- How tightly you crochet
- How open or dense you want the crochet rug to be
Fabric Strips for Crochet Rag Rug Kits
If you're making your own crochet rag rug kit then you'll need to start with fabric. You'll cut the fabric into strips to use like yarn.
Choosing the Right Fabric for Rag Rugs
You can use any fabric at all. That said, here are some tips:
- Choose fabric that's got a solid color or print on both sides. You're going to see both sides as you crochet with it so you don't want one side that looks significantly like "the inside."
- Use the same fiber throughout a project. Separate your fabric into cotton, linen, wool, etc.
- Large seamless swaths, like sheets, work really well for this type of project.
- Play around with dyeing your fabric to get a cohesive color palette across various scraps of rags.
Turning your Fabric into Strips for Crochet
There are many different ways to turn your fabric into yarn. You can make short strips and knot them together into one big ball of yarn (but of course you'll have knots throughout your work if you do this.) You can use a variety of different techniques to create seamless fabric strips. If you're not sure where to start, check out tutorials for:
Yarn to Purchase for Crochet Rag Rugs
Perhaps you don't want to make your own fabric strip yarn. That's okay. You're not the only one. These days you can purchase any type of yarn you might take an interest in including t-shirt yarn and rag rug yarn. Head to the "bulky yarn" section of your local yarn store and see what they have to offer. A few of the most popular choices include:
- Recycled Sari Silk Yarn by Darn Good Yarn. This is an ethically-sourced and environmentally-safe yarn company that works with artisans in India to upcycle saris into beautiful silk yarn. This makes for a luxurious and beautifullly-colored crochet rug.
- Crochet Rag Rug Kit by Perennialstl on Etsy. This comes with crochet hooks as well as both t-shirt yarn and fabric strip yarn.
- Jelly Roll Rag Rug Fabric Strips by GoneKnitting on Etsy. This artist has done all of the work for you of turning recycled fabric into beautiful fabric yarn ready to be crocheted.
- Cotton Knit Rag Strips by The Woolery. They sell 47-yard sections of 2.5" wide strips in a variety of different colors.
- Fabric Yarn by We Are Knitters. They sell individual balls of fabric yarn as well as kits of 5, 10, or 15 balls of this unique yarn.
- Jersey Be Good by Wool and the Gang. This is upcycled t-shirt yarn created from leftovers from a Turkish factory. T-shirt yarn is a soft alternative to traditional rag rug fabric.
Whether you decide to buy a crochet rag rug kit, purchase separate fabric yarn, or create your own supplies, you'll be able to easily turn those materials into a beautiful crochet rug with just a little bit of effort.