Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rag Rug

I did it! I made a rag rug. I don't know if I have the words to express how exciting and fun this project was for me. I mean, I started out with some cut up scraps, which most folks would consider garbage, and then in just a few short evenings, I had a rug. If I were the type of person who squealed with excitement, now would probably be one of those times I'd be doing so. A Few Thoughts:

*As I mentioned earlier in the week, my initial inspiration came from Mandy, but I should mention that the instructions came from this post over at This Vintage Chica (which Mandy linked to.) The funny thing is that as I was reading through the steps, I recalled that I had read the Vintage Chica post before, many years ago, long before I started crocheting. I remember thinking that even though I loved the look of the rug, it was way beyond my skill level and there was just no way I'd be able to do it. Well, I did it.

*I used mostly vintage sheets with a few other bits of older fabric I had laying around that I saw no other immediate plans for.

*This was my first time crocheting in a circle and it was much easier than I imagined.

*Not only do I like the rug, but the family all complimented it as well. It's nice when I'm not just doing this little crafting hobby for myself.

*I plan on making more, but I personally don't have much use for anymore rugs. So, if I have your address, don't be surprised if you get a rug in the mail.

*Um, I made a rug. I hate to keep going on about that, but it was beyond satisfying to be able to make something I would have wanted or needed anyway. It's just one small way of sticking it to the man.

27 comments:

veronica said...

Way to go TAMMIE! It looks awesome!

I'll have to look at that tutorial and see if it looks like something that i can try. My crochet skills are at the beginner level. How long did it take you?

Tammie said...

veronica: thank you! and i definitely think you could do it. my crochet skills arent much beyond beginner either. i worked on it mostly in the evenings for about three days, so it really didnt take long at all. the most time consuming part (in my opinion), was cutting the strips of sheeting.

Shalet said...

Yet another reason to learn to crochet. This is awesome!

hester said...

Go on Tammie.....squeal just a little. It's a really gorgeous rug. Did you need a gigantic crochet hook? I can't imagine crocheting pieces of material. My only experience with crochet was with wool about three decades ago.

Daphne said...

Oh, I *love* it!! Hmm. I might need one for the bathroom...

mandy said...

it's crazy how fast these rugs work up right?

I'm so glad you liked making the rug.

Also, I've found it takes alot less time to rip the sheet instead of cutting them, it makes alot of dust but makes these work up EVEN faster...craziness.

Dysfunctional Mom said...

Oh, I love that so much. It gave me a flashback; growing up we had a neighbor who was like a grandmother to us, and her house was full of rugs like these.
So, um, you have my address...right?

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I am seriously impressed! I've been seeing a lot of these online and I think I'm going to make the leap and try one. Do you think it would make a good bath mat? Can you throw it in a washer?

Bridge said...

this is beautiful tammie.

Lia said...

Love it! I'm curious about the hook situation myself.

I've just started crocheting a blanket, which currently consists of a chain of 200 stitches with about five sc stitches. I'm winging it and just planning on trying rows and rows of 200 stitches in varied colors until I get enough to be considered a throw. We'll see.

Tammie said...

i just used the largest average size crochet hook i have. i thought about waiting until i bought a big hook but i was anxious to get started, and as long as i made my stitches fairly loose, there were no problems.

Nowheymama said...

I love it! Am I allowed to say I'm proud of you? Because I am!

Tammie said...

nowhey: of course you are! and thank you. :)

jodi: its a lot more plush than i expected so i do think it would make a great bathmat. i really dont know about the washer. if/when i find out, ill let you know.

Carol said...

Great job!! The Amish here make rugs like that, but they also make them out of the plastic grocery bags. . it's really neat.

Shalet said...

Coming back to tell you you put a bee in my bonnet. I figured out I can knit such a thing and am completely gung ho. I went out and bought GIGANTIC needles which the boys whittled into double pointed contraptions. Now I am cutting up vintage sheets then off to i-cord myself a rug. It is all your fault!

kraftykash said...

YOU MADE A RUG!!! That is awesome! I was smiling the entire time while reading this post. I think you and your rug rock my face off.

victoria said...

I really love this. make me one and I'll buy it! seriously. I need a wonderful rug like this by the front door .. or the back door ... oh, I have about 5 other locations this can go!

Stephanie Meade Gresham said...

Bra-frickin-vo! Seriously. I just spent wayy too much on a giant (albiet gorgeous) rag rug for my living room simply because I've been told making one the size I wanted would take "a season".
Which, for me... means "you'll have your handmade rug finished just in time to spill your prune juice on it".

I love the colors and I'm glad you're proud of yourself. You surely should be.

Dani said...

This is the bomb.

I've wanted to make one of these for a long time. You ave inspired me!

Daphne said...

I also know that one can make a braided rag rug like these... out of discarded wool sweaters. Now *that* I would like to do. I wish we had a clothes-by-the-pound thrift store here. I may have to search one out.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

This is so cool!!
I am your craft impaired friend I'm afriad.

Can you use things other than fabrics? I saw where a commenter mentioned plastic. That would be a cool rug outside on your patio or deck. You could just rinse it off.

Way to go - YOU MADE A FRIGGIN' RUG!!!!!

Tammie said...

im really intrigued by the idea of making one out of plastic bags..........

it really would be perfect for outdoors.

amy said...

I love it! I have been working on several for the past couple of months, Some false starts that wouldn't lay flat have become baskets. It's addicting!

Jessie at Luna Pacifica said...

I've been trying for years to make a rag rug. I lose interest because I can't increase the right way! Any tricks? Yours looks lovely.

beki said...

way cool! I've had Eren's tutorial bookmarked since she wrote it. Uh, how long ago was that?? Too long, for sure!!

Tammie said...

JEM: oh god, i didnt think that hard about it. i think erens instructions say something like "add or drop a stich as needed" and thats basically what i did. i didnt count my stitches or anything, i just figured since it was getting bigger, i must be doing something right. :)

victoria: im about to start another one. if it comes out well, its yours. no payment required. :)

Vintage Chica said...

Aaack! Tammie, I absolutely love your rug. Its so nice to see that a tutorial written so long ago is still in circulation. Love, love seeing these photos.