This is a crocheted rag rug. Basic crochet skills are needed. You can make rugs like these from blue jeans, sheets, t-shirts, even plastic bags, but I most prefer using jeans. They look great on hardwood floors. They get even better looking as they get used and are washed. The fraying adds to it.
You will need approx 8 jeans or more to make a decent sized rug. Make your strips and ball them up , then crochet when you have them all, so you get the variations of colors in the right order , that you most prefer. Don’t worry about trying to assemble the strips, all facing the same way. Variety of color variations looks best , in my opinion. So right side or wrong side of material is immaterial. Looking back at the rug in picture…I wish I had done the center in darker to match the outside ring.
I use the largest plastic crochet hook I can find. Mine is aqua. Most stores carry them.
Step One: I cut the strips into 1″ widths. Then I make a little snip on each end…1/2″ in.
Step Two: Loop one strip into the end of the other and pull snug. [NO SEWING NEEDED…ISN’T THAT GREAT!] When I made my first rug, I didn’t know how to attach them and I hand sewed all my strips. After a few washing’s, they started to come apart, and they do not come apart with this method of joining the strips. [As you join one ball to the other, you will have to run the whole ball through that joining slit. Not a plus, but doesn’t take that long.]-[Another option is to leave your strips loose in bags, and assemble as you go. ]
Round: I like to start with a tight center. I start with 4 single crochet, around your first stitch. Second row, increase in each stitch. After that, I play it by ear and increase as needed to let it lay flat. You are just doing a continuous round, no rows.
Oval: Make a chain stitch the length you want your rug, minus space the rows will take. [Ex. 4′ rug…maybe do the first row 2′] You will only increase on corners and middle of turning rows.
To end: Pull up tight and weave end in and sew it tight somewhere out of the way.
Here are pics of the process of joining stitches. When I crochet my next one, I will add pics of the crochet process. You can also make several other projects out of the top part of the jeans. Purses,pot holders, garden apron. …I’m sure there are more.