In my house it always seems like we have some kind of crafty activity happening at sometime or another. Today that took the form of an old sheet turning itself into a new rug for my kitchen! Like magic!
It went from this…
And all it took me was a busted up sheet, a really big crochet hook, and the patience to sit through an absurd number of Netflix shows to keep my kids occupied while I worked it!
As I said, I started with an old busted sheet. I don’t know what happened to this one, but somehow it got a big hole right down the middle. Now my grandmother might tell me to take a needle and thread to stitch it back together, but hand stitching is just not my style. Although now this done it probably would’ve been a lot faster!
My sheet was a fitted sheet, so the first thing I did was cut the corners and pull the elastic.
Pay no attention to the basket of laundry behind me. It’s actually clean just not folded because I have better things to do … Like make a fabulous rug and blog about it! Anyway back to the project!
I actually started ripping in the middle of the sheet because that’s where the hole was. First I snipped through the hem on one side so it looks something like this…
In the picture you can see where the sheet is ripped up one side then stop at the hem, then move over an inch and a half and make another snip.
Then you rip the sheet all the way to the other side and repeat over and over and over and over for about the length of one Disney movie and when it’s all over you have this! A giant pile of shredded sheet! Hooray! And then grab a box of Kleenex because your nose is running from the fabric dust! This is hard work people!
Now that the movie credits are rolling, there are children who want to know what you are doing and inevitably want to help so you get them to roll while you clip threads.
All this clipping is probably anal retentive of me, but it was tangling up the rolling process so it had to go!
At some point during this rolling and clipping you will probably break your strip of sheet. But never fear just tie it back together my dear!
And when it’s all done you should have something like this! Helpful child not included!
Notice that laundry is still taunting me in the background…shake fist at laundry…
Alas there crafting to do!
Here is where a good craft blogger would detail how to crochet.
I am not a good craft blogger. And I don’t really know how to crochet. I just watched about five hundred crochet videos on YouTube. So thats what I would suggest you do too! What I can tell you was I used single crochet for the whole rug and going around the corners I would crochet two into the same hole/loop/knot thingy. (See what I mean about go watch the videos. You can’t trust me at all!)
One thing that helped as I went along was to lay the rug flat as I crocheted it. (Is that even a word?! It looks so wierd…)
Anyhoo, so you keep going around forever and ever, then your hubby gets home from work and you stand so he can’t see the unfolded laundry and you clean the kitchen super quick and look at him exhaustedly like you were run ragged by children and chores and make dinner and clean up and when he “retires to the other room” you get your rug back out and go around and around some more until you run out of sheet!
Whew! You say whilst wiping the proverbial sweat from your brow. Then you have permission to giggle and smile and stand upon your new rug!