When you find yourself hard up in finding a rag rug loom crocheting a rag rug is definitely the way to go! I used to own a loom, and warping the thing was such a pain that I never once did a rag rug on it. Can you believe it? I barely ever used it at all, and I love weaving. Here are some tips and tricks for crocheting your own rag rug.
Free Patterns and Tutorials for Crocheting Rag Rugs
Have you seen our list of free crochet rag rug patterns and tutorials? Those are a great starting point.
The hook size you need will vary depending on the pattern. Some patterns calls for a size J or K hook, but I'm thinking I might want to try using a P or Q hook if I were going to crochet a rag rug. You might need to adjust the width of your strips a bit to make it work; just try a few swatches first before embarking on a complete rug.
Fabric Strips for Crocheting Rag Projects
I know what you mean about it being tedious to process all your fabrics for crocheting with. I did think of one way around that. I do not know how well it will work out, but I am looking into using what's called "noodles" and / or "jelly rolls" to crochet with. These are rolls of fabrics that are pre-cut for quilting, but when I saw them I thought they'd be fun to try with crochet.
I bought a couple of rolls of a brand called "Stripz" from Walmart a few months ago. Joann had some too, for those of you who prefer Joann.
I haven't worked my ideas into fully developed patterns yet. So far I have made one very small sample with the Stripz fabric. I wasn't happy with how it turned out, but I have some ideas that I think will work for fixing it. We will see how that goes. I am optimistic that it will work, but not 100% sure yet.
The drawback is that these rolls of fabric are relatively expensive. Most of the fabric rolls that I've seen so far are filled with gorgeous colors and eye-candy prints; quilters can justify the costs easily because they are so pretty, but the prints mostly get lost when you crochet with them.
I am not sure how much you are looking to spend on materials for your rag rugs, or how big you want your rugs to be. A large rug would cost a pretty good chunk of change, I'm thinking.
Due to the costs involved, I purchased the Stripz thinking I would use them to make smaller projects. I'd very much like to make a rag basket that could be used as a gift basket. I'd also like to try making a handbag with them, maybe. I might fill in a little by cutting up some clothes I don't wear any more, although it will certainly be tedious.