Isn't this the cutest little rug? I was inspired by this rag rug but I am not very good at knitting so I thought I would try crocheting it instead. I just love how it turned out!
I collected 1/4 yard of about 20 different fabrics with a variety of patterns in red and green (I've got an apple theme going on in my kitchen). Ideally, this is a great project for using all of your scraps of fabric. The more patterns and colors the better.
I cut the fabric into strips measuring about 1/2 inch in width. I did not measure at all because the more variation in your strips the better. Then I tied the strips together end to end with a double knot. If you don't want the ends of your knots to show in your rug you can sew them together but I really like the rustic look.
I used a jumbo crochet hook (I found it at Walmart in the fabric section). I am not an expert in crocheting but I will try and explain what I did. I started with 38 chain stitches using two strands of the fabric at once. Then I used a single stitch with two strands of fabric worked through one of the loops in the stitches of the previous row. I continued until I had the size rug I wanted. It is a good idea to take lots of breaks because crocheting with fabric can hurt your hands.
This is a great project to work on while watching TV (the Downton Abbey obsession continues) and it took me about a week to complete. You can also try the knitted variation in the original tutorial. Give it a try!
Note: Go here to find the rug I made out of recycled T-shirts.