I have been waiting a long time to finally get the motivation and time to work on this project! Floating around Pinterest are tutorials on “no-sew” rugs. I was particularly drawn to these two:
Both are crocheted rugs – the first using rope and the second using old sheets. Last summer (so long ago!) my mother-in-law gave me several old sheet sets. Some sheets went to my classroom (many uses for them there) and others were reserved for this crazy crocheting project. I was a little intimidated by cutting the sheets into strips and crocheting. I have always admired crocheting, but have never mastered it.
I started a little smaller – with a trivet (for sale on my Etsy). The fabric is yellow jersey knit that I found in the remnants section of Jo Ann’s. I had tried to make a dress from the fabric, but when that failed, I cut to fabric into 3 inches wide strips and sewed the ends together with 1/4 inch seam allowance. I crocheted the circle in double crochets with a size S hook.
My problem with crochet has always been that I pull the stitches too tight, which results in warping. I love the large hook because it is plastic and really easy to work with. The jersey knit, however, was a little challenging due to the elasticity. Also, some strips of fabric were wider than 3 inches, which resulted in a lot of bulk. After a practice round with the trivet (actually, I probably unraveled it at least 3 times before I was happy with the final product) I gave the sheets a go.
I used a top sheet and fitted sheet in the pattern pictured above. The sheet set is flannel, so I though it would feel great underfoot. I started by removing the hems and elastic from the two sheets. Then I made small cuts, every 2.5 inches along the top. Along each cut, I ripped. Ripping the sheets into strips was way faster than cutting – especially working with queen or king sized sheets. I didn’t even bother sewing the ends together like I did with the yellow knit, I just tied the ends together.
Here’s the finished rug in the kitchen. With two sheets the finished the rug measures 35 by 20 inches. I am really happy with the finished product. It’s fun to walk on! I am not sure about these colors in the kitchen though…
I really enjoy working with the sheets. It was much easier than crocheting with yarn. Of course, that might also be credited to my giant hook. The rug took about 4 hours to make, while watching some TV, of course. I build up a good rhythm with the double crochets.
Anyone else crocheting with unusual materials? Crocheting tips for me? Where should I put this rug?