Easy to make and simple to clean, rag rugs can be a weekend project that uses scrap fabric or specially bought fabric to coordinate with a specific area. The wider you cut your rags or fabric for the rag rug, the bigger crochet hook you’ll use.
To quickly create this project, you’ll use a big crochet hook. One of the biggest on the market is the size S-35 hook. At 19 mm wide, this hook will crochet strips of fabric up to one and one-half inches wide easily. You can also use size P or size Q hooks, although they will produce a tighter stitch because they’re smaller. By using half-double or double crochet stitches, you can complete a rectangular rug in an afternoon with these big hooks.
Fabric for Rag Rugs
If you’re using scrap fabric, choose scraps that are about the same weight. For example, mixing cotton fabrics will make the rug easy to crochet and care for, and using upholstery fabric would create a sturdy, hard-wearing rug. But mixing upholstery fabric with a thinner cotton will create uneven texture, uneven stitches, and uneven thickness. Also, keep fabric weight in mind if you plan to buy it from a store; buy coordinating colors in similar weights. Cut the fabric into strips about 1-1/2 inches wide and sew the ends together to create the fabric "yarn" you'll crochet into a rug.