In a post from 2014, I introduced a rag rug I started way back in 2012 and was struggling to finish.
Well, I recently had a huge clear out of my clothes, found loads of old, unwanted tshirts and decided to resurrect this long-neglected project.
If you want to know how I made my rag rug, here is a quick how to:
1. I hemmed my hessian very roughly on the sewing machine.
2. I cut up absolutely loads of old tshirts into strips approx 4x14cm but it doesn’t have to be precise. (I’m told by rag-rugging experts that you can buy a gauge to help with the cutting process, which I will definitely be investing in for the next time!)
3. I got this rag rugging tool from a workshop I went on a few years ago. You squeeze it to grab hold of the fabric. A quick google is telling me it’s about £17 to buy online.
4. Insert the pointy end of the tool into the hessian from front to back and bring it back up a few holes away.
5. Squeeze the tool to open and grab hold of the corner of a fabric strip. Release to close.
6. Pull fabric strip through the hessian so both ends are an equal length.
7. Continue along the width of your hessian in a straight line, missing a few holes of hessian between each fabric strip.
In the end it only took me 3 days to finish this beauty, which just goes to show that sometimes you just need to crack on and get stuff done!
I love the scruffy, squishy finish to this rug – it’s perfect for burying my feet in while I crochet in my cosy corner.
And I equally love the back of the rug with all its lovely wonky colourful rows. So satisfying!