How to Make a Hooked Fleece Rug

Updated February 21, 2017

Making a hooked fleece rug is simple with a few tools, a bit of fleece, and some extra time. The locker hook technique for making a fleece rug was first developed in Australia and works well with fabrics other than fleece. The locker hook looks like a crochet hook with a large eye on one end for locking in the yarn or string to your fleece rug.

Cut fleece into one inch wide strips with a length about 6 inches longer than the width of your rug canvas. You may want to add a few inches to the length if you plan to tie rather than bind the edges.

Decide on a pattern. Solid colour fleece rugs are nice, but a hodge podge of colour makes a rug come to life. Alternate your colours in blocks or individual strips.

Stretch one strip of fleece the length of your rug canvas and place it underneath. Thread your yarn or string through the eye of the locking hook needle. You can leave the yarn on the skein and pull off the amount needed as you go.

Hook a bit of the fleece and pull it through the corner hole of the rug canvas. Continue hooking the fleece up through each successive hole until you have several hooks of fleece showing on your needle.

Slide the needle through the loops, bringing the yarn through to lock it in. Repeat the technique until you reach the end of your row. Start over on the next row, exactly the same until all the rows of your fleece rug are finished.

Bind the edges of your rug by tying the fleece left on the ends of the rows or by stitching a band of fleece around the perimeter of the rug.


You can wash your fleece rug in the washing machine as often as you like.


Keep scissors and the locker hook out of the reach of children.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 total yards of fleece, various colours
  • Locker hook
  • Yarn or string
  • Rug canvas
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.