I picked up a cute skein of cotton yarn yesterday at Goodwill for $.59. I figured this was plenty to make a couple of crocheted dish cloths. So, I googled “free crochet dish cloth patterns” and found a really cute nubby dish cloth. All it really required was some single crochet and treble crochet. Not a problem. I haven’t crocheted in awhile, but it’s just like riding a bike…you never really forget how.
Except…mine looks like a trapezoid. I unraveled it and tried again…still a trapezoid.
So…on to Plan B. I googled “free beginner’s dishcloth pattern” and found one that it just single crochet. Surely I can’t mess that one up! Hopefully…
Okay…after this dishcloth became trapezoidal in nature 1/2 way through, my sister suggested knitting one. So, I got out the knitting needles and pulled up a beginning pattern for that. It’s been oh…probably 23 or more years since I’ve knitted. (What?!)
A friend of mine messaged me with pictures of some cute fabric that she was just dying to make into a hobo style bag. She came over later that night and together we made it! 🙂 We did find a pattern for a purse in one of my books here at the house, but unfortunately it had to be enlarged 167%. I tried to do this on my copy machine, but that didn’t really work out. So…Plan B! I drew one on the back of some large paper that I had and cut it out. We decided that the gray fabric would make a great bottom and that it might be easier to cut the pattern out if it were already attached to the focus fabric, so I went ahead and sewed those two pieces together. Then I laid the pattern on the fabric and positioned it along the fold like it showed in the book. After I pinned it in place I cut it out. I later realized that I had to do this twice for the front and back pieces. Next I had to cut out two pieces of the yellow for the lining of the purse. The directions in the book weren’t very clear about the next steps, so here’s where I kind of had to finesse it a bit and just go with my instinct. I put the lining and the outside of the purse together and kind of folded it in to get a picture in my head of what it was going to look like. I decided to sew the handles of the purse together and then with wrong sides together sew around the outside of the sides and handles. I pressed it afterwards and then pressed a 1/4″ seam for the arm hole so that I could sew it down with a top stitch. Not super easy, but it got the job done. Just to give it a more finished look I top stitched around both sides of the handles. *The 2 halves of the purse are not connected yet.* I repeated the handle process for the other half of the purse. I joined the 2 halves together at the side seams being careful to match up the gray bottom. Next the pattern in the book said to make the bottom of the purse and then attach it. Again…not really clear directions, but after some consultation with my friend, we decided that if we cut some gray and coordinating fabric just a little smaller than the purse width and then about 5 1/2″ tall, that would be a good size. I just cut rectangles to start, but then eased the corners into an oval as much as I could. I later cut off the excess fabric and then zigzag stitched over the edges so that they would be finished like the rest of the bag. We were pretty pleased with it overall. 🙂
Here is my rag rug in progress from an old queen size sheet set that someone gave me. The elastic was shot, but the fabric is still very usable. I have had success using a mixture of scrap fabric for the rag rugs, but it is so much easier to do it when you have longer pieces. The important thing is to use what you have. 🙂
I’ve had several people ask me how to make these. They are very easy to do. You do need to have some basic crochet skills for this version though. There are other ways to go about making rag rugs if you aren’t savvy with a crochet needle.
First you’ll need to cut your fabric into strips. I do mine about 2″ wide. They can be narrower if you like. You can zip through the fabric in no time if you have a rotary cutter, but if not, scissors will do the trick. They do not need to be perfect. Imperfections will not show in this project.
Next you cut off the hems from the sheet. They are a little too thick to deal with while crocheting.
I fold the strips in half “hot dog” style on the ends and tie them together to join them into my fabric yarn.
Then you begin by crocheting a chain of stitches. I have done it where I joined them into a circle and then made circular rugs. You can just keep adding rounds until you get the size rug you want. On this project I wanted more of an oval rug, so I crocheted a chain and then double crocheted stitches on to it for 2 more rows.
In order to make the rug round out, you’ll want to add an extra double crochet stitch to each of the corners to make it turn. Every so often you might want to add another extra double crochet on the corners to keep it rounding nicely and not pucker up on itself.
Tuck the stray ends of your fabric that stick out to one side of the rug. That way you’ll have a raggedy side and a smooth side to choose from.
These rugs are machine washable and dry-able. I would also recommend putting down some sort of rubber grip under your rug if you have it on a smooth floor so that it doesn’t accidentally slip out from under you. I got some from where you by contact paper for drawers and shelves. It comes in a roll, but I’ve also see them as place mats.
I’d love to see your finished rag rugs if you make some!