How to Make Hooked Rugs & Lock Hook Rugs

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How to Make Hooked Rugs & Lock Hook Rugs
Locker hooking is a method of needlework used to make rugs. (handmade rugs image by Earl Robbins from

Locker hooking is a method of making rugs by weaving fabric strips onto a soft plastic canvas. You can also use this needlework method to make mats, purses, jewellery and anything else you can imagine. Locker hooking is fairly easy and only requires a few supplies. You can use a pre-made locker hook kit or create your own pattern to match any decor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Locker hooking needle
  • 3.75 mesh canvas
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors or rotary tool
  • Fabric strips
  • Yarn

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  1. 1

    Cut your canvas to the size that you would like your rug to be. Fold over two rows of canvas squares and use a tapestry needle with a 1-inch strip of fabric to overcast the edges. Make sure no canvas shows through around the edges.

  2. 2

    Choose a pattern for your rug. Trace cookie cutters or stencils for simple shapes or freehand a pattern onto the canvas with a permanent marker.

  3. 3

    Choose the type and colour of fabric you want to use. You can use scraps of leftover fabric from other projects, old clothes, bedsheets or curtains. You may also choose to purchase fabric to match the pattern that you have chosen. Cut the fabric into 1-inch strips.

  4. 4

    Cut yarn into 36-inch lengths. Thread the locker hooking needle with the yarn. Tie the end to the canvas, leaving a 4-inch tail.

  5. 5

    Pull the fabric strips from under the canvas with the needle held on top. Put the hooked end of the locker hooking needle through the canvas, grab the fabric with the hook and pull it through to the top of the canvas. You should have a loop of fabric on your needle. Do this four or five times, keeping the fabric loops on the locker hooking needle.

  6. 6

    Pull the needle through the loops of fabric and then keep working the fabric under the canvas. The yarn will lock the fabric loops in place. Once you've completed the canvas, work the yarn and fabric tails under the locker hooking loops and cut to finish.

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