How to make hooked rag rugs

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How to make hooked rag rugs
Make a rug from strips of cloth. (Smithstock/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderate

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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

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Skip one hole, and repeat the process, drawing up another 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) tall loop in the next hole.

  3. 3

    Continue the process until you have a completed rug, leaving 5 cm (2 inches) of loose fabric on the ends.

  4. 4

    Turn the edges of the rug under and sew or glue them into place to create a finished look.

  5. 5

    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.

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