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How to make a Rag Rug

Create a rug from leftover rags.

by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)

What you need

Large mesh canvas about 10 holes per 7.5 cms
Latch hook
wool fabric

Instructions

For this project pick fabric thats not too thick or your hooking will be too tight, ideally a cotton or a synthetic wool fabric would be great.

You can use new fabric or recycled fabric but each strip should measure 15 cm long by 2 cm wide.

Rug Size: 120cm x 90cm it uses 30 mt of 90 cm wide fabric. Keeping the fabric all the same will prevent an uneven effect.

Latch hooking, work out your design before you begin to hook. Simple designs work best,with stripes, square or diagonals.

Place your design onto the canvas using a pencil. to create the finished edges fold 5 rows over of the canvas so its double, then begin your hooking.

Fold strip of fabric around the shank of the hook holding ends in the left hand, with the hook in your right hand hold the latch down. Insert the hook down through the mesh and under the double horizontal threads of the canvas and up through the mesh.

Draw hook towards you placing strip inside of hook, be sure fabric strip is completely inside the hook when the latch closes. so that the end of hook does not fray the fabric. Pull hook back through canvas, drawing ends of fabric strip though loop.

Tighten knot by pulling ends with fingers. The strips of fabric must be knotted on the weft threads (those running from selvage to selvage) For and evenly knotted rug work completely across the canvas row before starting on the next row.

Place one knot in every second hole along canvas first row. Then on second row, again work one knit in every second hole, hooking into alternative holes to those on the first row. Repeat throughout.

Turn the last 5 rows to front at end of mat and work through both thicknesses as for beginning.

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