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How To Tie Rag Strips With Neat Knots

by Kayla K on May 28, 2010

I am having a great time quilting with my vintage sheets… but all of the trimming can lead to some waste.

To use as much fabric as possible I

  • Tear 5″ strips from the sheets and pillowcases
  • Square up the strips
  • Cut the strips down into 5″ squares, also know as “charms”
  • Cut the remainder into 2.5″ strips, to be sewn into 2″ 4-patch squares
  • Cut the remainder into 1.5″ strips, also to be sewn into scrappy squares

Sometimes the pillowcases have a contrasting trim or the hem is uneven on a sheet which leaves me with some odd scraps of fabric.  I take these strips of fabric and the scraps left from squaring up my strips and wrap them into balls to be crocheted into rugs.

Here’s a quick tutorial!

scraps

Collect your quilting scraps.  Fabric selvedges work great, or scraps from squaring up strips.  You could even use up a fabric you don’t like by cutting it into 1/2″ strips.  The strips should be at least 1/2″ wide and less than 1″.

overlapthepieces

Overlap two strips by about 1″.

foldoverthepieces

Fold the overlap section in half.

snipthefold

Make a small snip into the fold through all layers.

pullthelowerstripthrough

Unfold.  Thread the end of the top piece through the slit made through both layers and pull through.

pullforaknot

Pull tight for a neat knot with no scrappy tails.

Save the rag balls to be crocheted into rugs.  I will be saving these scraps for a rug for my laundry room.  I think the colors will go great with the 1930′s scheme I have there.

I will be sure to share a pattern, but if you cannot wait, use a size “K” crochet hook, chain the width of your desired rug, and double crochet to your heart’s content.

This tie method works great with t-shirt rags as well.

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