Hooked rag rugs require a little preparation, but they are fun and easy to make once you get started and can provide a relaxing way to entertain yourself in the evenings for several days at a time. They are also a practical way to reuse old scraps of various fabrics rather than throwing tired old clothing away.
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Things you need
- 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) wide cotton strips
- Tapestry canvas, 3 holes every 2.5 cm (1 inch)
- Rug hook
- Strong glue
Push the rug hook through the first hole you'll be using -- about 5 cm (2 inches) in from the edge to leave room for the border -- and use it to snag a loop of fabric, then pull the hooked fabric through the hole to form a loop about 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) tall, depending on your preference.
Skip one hole, and repeat the process, drawing up another 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) tall loop in the next hole.
Continue the process until you have a completed rug, leaving 5 cm (2 inches) of loose fabric on the ends.
Turn the edges of the rug under and sew or glue them into place to create a finished look.
Sew rug backing onto the back of your rug if you would like. Purchase rug backing at craft stores.
Tips and warnings
- Draw a design on the canvas and follow it with different coloured scraps to create a lovely hooked rag rug.
- Rag rugs can also be knit, crocheted, or woven and sewn.