I'm working on a T-shirt quilt and after cutting the images/logos off, I have lots of fabric left. Sure, I was saving it for rags and other potential projects, but honestly, I have waaaaaaaay too much fabric right now. IE, I wasn't thrilled about having to save boring T-shirt fabric and how many rags do I really need? And then I discovered rag rugs. Easy Peasy, right? Hardly. I cut the fabric into strips too wide so my "yarn" was a bit wonky to start. I like the idea of crocheting the rug versus braiding, because I just couldn't see sewing the braids together. But first I needed a giant crochet hook, so off to the thrift stores I went. Oddly enough, the three thrift stores I visited had multitudes of knitting needles by absolutely no crochet hooks. Perhaps I should clarify. Goodwill and the local humane society thrift store had plenty of knitting needles. Value Village had neither needles or hooks. Very Odd. So I broke down and went to Micheals, armed with a coupon of course. Success.
Success with the purchase, not with the crocheting. I'm not an avid crocheter (or knitter for that matter) and I certainly haven't crocheted in the round much. I was having issues grasping the concept of the "magic circle" so I reverted to just the non-magic-circle way of starting. That looked like crap but I continued on. Once I got on a roll, the crochet looked better, but still looked dastardly and I decided I just couldn't live with it. I took it apart. Not an easy feat with wonky t-shirt yarn. I reverted to the braiding method and braided a very long rope. That was easy! But then came time to sew it together into a rug form. Ugh. It didn't fit under my sewing machine so I attempted it by hand. I quickly lost patience for that. Into the trash it went. Yes, I tossed it, consoling myself with the thought that as a rag, it would have ended up there anyway (I hate to throw anything away).
Pinterest suggested a hula hoop rug that looked much more doable and I thought I had a hula hoop......but no such luck. Did I really want to buy a hula hoop for the project? Of course not. And I wasn't going to pound nails into a picture frame to make a loom. Thankfully, the nails weren't necessary. Following this tutorial, I just attached the warp/vertical yarn to the loom (she used string, but I used my t-shirt yarn, mistakenly using an ugly color, but anyway....)and went from there. It went fairly well, and I'm glad to have found a use for that leftover fabric, I'm just not entirely certain that I'd do it again.