How to Turn Sheets into Balls of Yarn
(with extra help for those who live under feline rule)
I’ve done rag crochet projects like this before and here are two things I’ve learned
- its a lot of work to get your “rags’ ready to crochet, and
- a certain troublesome furry little creature that I live will be all over it every step of the way
As I mentioned last week, I’m starting a rag crochet project. I have some old sheets and I want a tote bag. That’s simple enough. But it always takes longer than you would think to get your “yarn” ready. In the past I’ve powered through the prep stage and ended up with a sore back (from being bent over) and stiff hands (from all the cutting). This time I’m not demonstrating for a class so I can take it easy. I’m doing a little bit everyday. I’m also working with a camera right next to me so I can capture all those charming moments of constructive and helpful feline assistance.
You’ll need some fabric to cut up. Here are the sheets I’m sacrificing for this project.
You’ll also need scissors, plenty of coffee, and bribes.
The Cutting of Strips
Cut your fabric into strips and don’t worry too much about the edges. Make them a certain thickness and then try to be consistent. The thicker your strip is, the thicker the “yarn” will be. If you find yourself sweating over a thin strip or trying to trim down a thick one.. stop. Its RAG crochet. Its supposed to look a little rough.
1) Find a nice big space in some good light to spread those sheets out.
2) Chase The Feline Overlord out from under the sheets.
3) Turn your back to grab the scissors.
4) Chase her out from under the sheets again.
5) Cut off any elastic edges or trim first.
6) Dangle that cut off edge in the air for a few minutes. No you can’t skip this step. Trust me its easier to just give in.
7) Cut your strips. Mine are 1 to 1.5 inches wide.
8) Take a break. Go get yourself some more coffee and let Her Evilness have Her Evil Way with your strips. Trust me its easier to just give in.