Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Latch Hook Jersey Rug (Tutorial)

I love how thick and soft this rug is!
It took about 4 hours to cut all the strips.
It took about 30 hours to tie it.

Totally worth doing again!

Here is how to do it:

1 latch hook rug canvas 36 by 60 is $9.99 at Joann's
7-9 yards of jersey fabric or lots of t-shirts.
rotary cutter and mat

Fold your fabric in half length wise twice.
Cut into long 1 inch strips. 
You will then cut each long strip into 4 inch strips. 
 I made my rug 18" by 60" using up 9 yards of fabric (or 4860 strips).
If you don't tie yours so close together, you'll use a lot less.
But I wanted mine really thick.

 If you opt to use t-shirts, you can dye them after cutting for uniform color.
Dying and washing them will result in curled edges. 

 Fold each strip in half.
 You could use pliers or a latch hook for pulling the strips through, 
I found pliers were faster and easier on my hands.
 Feed your hook/pliers through your hole and grab folded edge of strip.
 Pull through about 1/4 of the way.

 I then pushed the ends through the little loop I made.
And pulled tight.
 I found it was faster to pull a row through
Then go back and tie them.
 The canvas has squares which help keep track of where you left off.
 From the back you can see how I went every other space, 
every other row.

After hours and hours of that....you're done!

Now it is time to bind your rug.

Peel your binding from it's paper as you go.
Fold under raw edge of rug
 and lay binding over it.
 Pressing firmly, iron to seal binding.
 Check bond and press again if needed.
 Try to get as close to the edge as you can.
 And you are done!
It will look better when it is on wood floors...not carpet.

Greyhound approved.


  1. Oh! This is gorgeous! I just want to feel that under my feet!!! Thanks for sharing :)


  2. I really need to make of these! I'm your newest follower

    Rachel @ the brown abode

  3. This turned out great! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. That looks beautiful. Good for you!

  5. Wow - 30 hours - now that is dedication! It turned out amazing and what a great tutorial!

  6. wow you did a great job it looks amazing your hard work and time paid off i would love it if you could come and link up at http://www.twiggstudios.com/2012/04/sunday-show-off-party-and-features.html

    thankyou xxxxx

  7. This is too clever and cute! I love the texture and the color looks great in your beautiful bedroom (which I want, ahem) I could do this while I'm watching "Friday Night Lights" on Netflix! Pinning you right now.

  8. Thank you so much everyone! :) The 30 hrs went by quickly with some Netflix!

  9. I have piles of shirts that I have been wanting to do this with! Thanks for the detailed instructions. I may be back for more questions if I ever get the time to start it. :P

  10. LOVE this project! My 16 year old daughter has TONS of old T shirts we could use! AND she would probably enjoy doing it! I Pinned it! Thanks for sharing!

    Vicky @ sleeping in an unmade bed

    1. Thanks for pinning! I think a mixture of colors would make a fun rug!

  11. You are amazing. How you have time to make the CUTEST things, while raising such an adorable family, is amazing. I admire you so much!!

    1. Aw! Thanks! I honestly do all my crafting during naps or after kiddos go to bed. I spent 2-3 hours each night for about a week or two doing this project. Watching Frasier. ;)

  12. Really lovely and looks so comfortable also. The tutorial is great, very clear, and good, close-up shots that you can follow. Thank you for that, so many tutorials aren't helpful. I hope to try this in the near future. I am also your newest follower and can't wait to see what else you come up with.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

  13. any thoughts on cleaning...not that my precious kids or 90 lb golden ret. would get it dirty...and do you have to take it out for shaking instead of vacuum? pls don't think I'm a neatfreak...just thinking ahead, don't want to create another problem spot, there are too many now!!!

    1. You can machine wash, but that will curl the edges, so if you like that flat: I shake mine out and use the vacuum hose. :) My 90 lb Greyhound (and the 60 lb one also) sneak on it whenever we aren't looking. I'm making a bench for the foot of the bed....hopefully that will deter them!

  14. Love this! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Awesome rug. Greyhound approved, no less :-). I'm sure it would be standard poodles approved here, they're about the same size as your greyhound. Don't see this in my future, way to labor intensive for my hands, but I sure enjoy looking at yours.

  16. super fun!!! thanks for linking up to Make it MOnday! I have shared in on the Brassy Apple FB page :)

  17. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would LOVE one in my bedroom!! Love the ruffle skirt on your bed too :)

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

  18. This is amazing! I shared it on my Facebook page. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  19. How cool! I would not have guessed that you made that- it looks awesome! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com-- where you can win free ad-space on my blog!

  20. This is such a great idea. I've been looking for cool rug ideas and I love this. I might just have to try this out!

  21. I love this and I am sure my Willow would approve as well. Hmmm, how to convince D to help me cut 10,000 strips so we can make 2, 1 for each side of the bed. I would love it if you would share at my linky party Tout It Tuesday http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/05/tout-it-tuesday-8.html

  22. I cannot believe you made that rug! You are a genius! I am super impressed and love the room you are creating - excellent job!
    Thanks for linking up this week - so happy you did!
    Stacey of Embracing Change


  24. Congrats!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer - From Dream To Reality! Come grab your featured button :)

  25. Your rug rocks! I love it. I haven't done latch key since I was a child, but I am loving this. It's going on my to-do list! Great blog!


  26. love your rug! I saw something similar at BassPro last year but it was a lot smaller and way more than what i wanted to pay for a rug. So, is this machine washable? How would you clean it? Thanks'

    1. You could wash it in a machine, but that will curl the edges. I usually shake mine out and spot clean it with my little Bissel cleaner. :)

  27. This is beautiful! It was totally worth your time! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  28. Most rag rugs are machine washable. Having said that, in case you can simply shake out the dirt and stay away from washing the rug, you may assist it last longer.

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  29. It turned out gorgeous! I think that was a great use of time. Love your bedding too.