Its time for some rag crochet. I bought new sheets last week. That means I have old sheets. That means I have stuff to make rags. That means rag crochet.
So let’s have a Rag Crochet Pattern Roundup
This post is chock full of links. Others might note that by way of apology or mention it as a disclaimer. Me? I’m saying its a bonus. Every link should take you to a free pattern or a tutorial or eye candy or something good like that. If it doesn’t, that’s because I broke a link and you should let me know ASAP in the comment section!
If you’ve never tried rag crochet then I’m glad to be the one to get you hooked (Ha! a pun!) on a whole new thing. The trick is in turning fabric into “yarn”. There are different ways to cut your strips and different ways to join those strips. I do the switch-back cuts that you can find in Vintage Chica’s tutorial.
Then I join the strips like its demonstrated on Sustainable Baby Steps to make really big balls of “yarn”.
There is a method of sewing the strips together with a sewing machine. It makes for a smoother yarn, very posh. Then your rag crochet isn’t so raggedy. If you really want a perfect looking rag crochet you don’t use rags at all. Buy yarn that is made from jersey fabric. Premier yarns makes Craft-Tee Yarn. Wool And The Gang makes Jersey Be Good. (Kinda defeats the whole upcyling effort but it is very nice stuff.)
What to Make With My Rags
When I first realized I’d be starting a rag crochet project (which was approximately 78 seconds after I decided to buy new sheets because my brain went directly from new sheets = old sheets = rags = crochet project) I assumed that I’d make a rug. All my rag crochet projects in the past have been rugs.
And rugs are easy. You just pick a shape and go!
There are circles and hexagons and stars and spirals and so on. A crafter is pretty much limited by only their imagination.
I got sidetracked a little and looked into knitting with rags. Cocoknits makes gorgeous knitted rugs with rags. (I like her knitwear patterns, btw. I like them A LOT. She is one of the few designers that designs for less-than-perfect body shapes.)
Isn’t that lovely? I’ll never make that. My rugs get stepped on and they get dirty and they get washed. That rug looks like it should be in a home decor magazine.
So I shook off the wild thoughts of rag knitting. Rag crocheting, that’s what I want. And I was going to start a rug until I saw this rag crochet basket tutorial by My Very Educated Mother.
I like baskets. I have lots and lots of wicker baskets but its not as if I have ENOUGH wicker baskets. I could always use more baskets. But then I saw this tutorial for making a rag crochet tote by Laughing Purple Goldfish.
Yep. I like that. That’s what I want. A rag crochet tote. If it turns out big enough it will become my main project bag.
I have these three colors to work with. We are all looking forward to this project in a big way, and I do mean all of us. I’m pretty sure that by the time I have laid out the sheets, cut the strips, and balled them into “yarn”, it will be covered in cat hair.
I’ll keep you posted. Oh, and if you start cutting up perfectly good sheets after reading this, its not my fault. Be sure to tell your significant other that it is not. Jenn’s. fault.