Frugal Family

From Jumper To Rag Rug

I had lots of old tatty bed sheets and holey clothes to get rid of but instead of throwing them in the bin (they were beyond charity bag suitable) I sat and stared at them for ages wondering what I could make from them. Then I remembered how my nan used to sit and make rag rugs.
Decided… That what I will do!
I have only just started the rug so I don’t have a picture of the finished project but I shall post one when I have completed it (please remember that this make take me years….).
The rag rug is so simple to make and the kids can even get involved, making it a fun activity for the whole family.
I started with this loose knit, baggy jumper.

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I cut along the seams to make it into one long piece of fabric. As I cut along the seams I cut the sleeves off too . This was easy as it was just one long continuous cut.

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To fill in the neck hole I used one of the sleeves cut into an open piece of fabric then sewed it on to the hole, then trimmed the material down. I didn’t worry about what my stitching looked like as this will all be covered over with rags.

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I then took my old bed sheets (any cotton like material will do) and cut them into strips around 8 inches long and 1 inch wide. This is where the kids can get involved. Start with a small snip at the top of the sheet and just rip! The fabric should tear down in a straight line quite easily. Willow had great fun tearing the sheets up… A bit too much!

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Using a large(ish) crochet hook I started to pull the strip through the knit in the jumper, by making a loop in the strip and hooking the crochet hook through then pulling it between the knit of the jumper.

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I secured the material by threading the loose ends through the hoop I made.

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I just kept doing this in rows, following the knit in the jumper to start making the rug. As I mentioned I have only just started this, but the jumper that I will be filling with rags is quite big so I can imagine that it will take me an age. But here is what I have done so far, just so you get an idea.
You can play with different colours or even attempt a pattern. I’m just sticking to a stripy rug.

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Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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