Friday, April 05, 2013

Emptying Shrinking the Scrap Bins

Crochet Rug

every day when i go to work in my sewing space, my overflowing scrap bins taunt me. i kept telling myself i should really do more scrap projects, but the siren song of new fabric would often get me sidetracked. i have different bins for different kinds of scraps, including one 2 gallon ziplock full of selvedges. finally i got sick of looking at them, pulled out the selvedge bag and started crocheting a rag rug with my new giant P hook.

i didn't get very far before all of my long selvedges were gone. the rug wasn't nearly large enough to be useful so i attacked the bins one by one, adding round after round. the color shifts on the rug match the way my bins are organized. pretty soon i had made a reasonable dent in the scraps and my rug was done.

If you crochet and you have lots of long skinny strings like i did, this is a great stashbuster. the rug eats scraps. i didn't use a pattern but it's just a simple circle motif. i think next time i'll be more adventurous and do a round ripple or something to mix it up. i'm already succumbing to the fact that eventually the bins will build back up again and it'll be time to make a new rug. for now they are back to a manageable size but knowing me they won't stay that way for long.

Crochet Rug

The pictures are post-washing and blocking. the rug needs a good strong block to make it lay flat. it tends to bunch up otherwise. i probably spent about 15 minutes massaging it into shape. blocking makes it larger as well. this rug is about 36" in diameter. it's listed in the shop.


  1. Wow, what a great way to use scraps! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Brilliant! I love it, clever friend!

  3. That is very cool! I wanted to make something similar when I saw the one that Crazy Mom Quilts knit up.

  4. I love it I have been thinking about making something like this for a while. Nice to see someone else do one :-)

  5. Could you give more details about how you blocked the rug?

    1. I just washed it in the washing machine and laid it flat on the floor to dry. I pulled it into shape until it was an even circle. hope that helps.



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