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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!


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″.


Overlap two strips by about 1″.


Fold the overlap section in half.


Make a small snip into the fold through all layers.


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


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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