Making the fabric yarn for the floor rugs is not difficult. If possible, take the sheets, quilt covers or whichever recycled linen you decide to use, outside. (See previous post – Whats in the linen cupboard? ) Use scissors to snip the seam edges and tear them all off. Snip along the top edge in 2″ increments. I don’t measure, just eyeball it. If unsure use a tape measure. Then tear down the snip lines to make the strips. My favoured method of joining the strips is to make a longitudinal cut about half an inch from each end of each strip, approximately 1″ long. Begin to wind up the first strip folded in half, lengthwise, right side out. Don’t worry about the raw edges, they become irrelevant one the fabric yarn is crocheted. Then add the next strip on top of end of first strip. both strips right side facing up.
Feed up the free end of the new strip from underneath through both strips the pull and the two become joined. Wind onto the ball and then add next strip until all are joined.
The rugs I have made are crocheted in basic chain stitch using a very large crochet hook. (A great TV project) The beginning is the hardest and may take a few attempts, but don’t give up.
Remember, maybe don’t go too large, as it may not fit into the washing machine. A good rule of thumb is – however many sheets can normally comfortably fit into the washing machine, is about the amount that can be crocheted into floor rugs. The weight of the fabric means it doesn’t slip around on the floor that readily. Think about it. If you drop 3 – 4 sheets on the floor, they don’t move too much.
So take something of no value, which is no longer in use, from your linen cupboard, and make something lasting, practical and beautiful.
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