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« on: November 15, 2010 05:43:44 PM »

Hi, does anyone have experience using scraps of fabric to make yarn for crocheting?  I've seen lots of rag rugs, where scraps are woven together, or braided and sewn, but I've never seen fabric scraps manipulated like yarn.  I'd like to make a rug out of granny squares or adapt an afghan pattern- hopefully fabric scraps would be tough enough to survive being stomped all over (it certainly works for other rag rug incarnations).
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2010 03:06:46 AM »

Well, people often crochet using t-shirt yarn, where you cut a t-shirt into one long strip.  There are ways to cut blankets to do the same.

Really, you can crochet with anything that is even vaguely yarn-like, though, the longer the strips, the easier.
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2010 11:20:46 AM »

I have!!  Ok I took three or four pair of old jeans and cut long strips out. I did not use any seams from the jeans but just one layer material about 1/2 an inch wide and sewed into one long strip and rolled up like a ball of yarn. Then got out the biggest crochet needle and started. I made a messenger bag that has been through 3 kinder classes and about 10 field trips where yes it gets tromped on frequently!!
So Yes it can be done. I love my jean bag and no one can believe it used to be blue jeans and that I made it.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2010 01:55:14 PM »

On the Miscellaneous Topics board, there's a rag rug CAL.  I'm actually crocheting a rug from yarn made out of fabric scraps and old bedsheets Smiley  I learned how to cut and tear the fabric properly from this blog post:

http://miaandtheboys.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-to-crochet-rag-rug.html

The author used an S hook, though I've been able to use as small as an I hook with strips about 1/4-1/2" wide.  Right now my strips are good and thick, about 1", and I'm trucking along with a plastic P hook.  It's a lot of fun.  I just tie the strips together instead of sewing them.  Stronger, I think, and the knots don't even show once they're crocheted in.

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010 12:59:05 PM »

i have tried this and had better/worse experiences with different fabrics.

i just cut up a fabric (not sure what kind, got it for free in a swap) that frayed so much when I pulled on it at all, it came apart.
i think the idea of using t-shirt fabric is a good one.

the smaller/larger the strips, the thinner or chunkier the result, obviously, lol.
but before you cut up a large ammt of fabric into strips i would cut up a bit and pull on it a lot and see if it starts to fray.

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