When I transferred the piece (started the cardboard) to the hula hoop, I just extended the yarn, and doubled each thread which is optional.
You can remove the cardboard at any time in the phase. As I mentioned earlier, you can start from the beginning on a hula hoop loom and skip the cardboard loom. (I was testing on cardboard, and decided to make a larger rug.) Continue to add t-shirt yarn, connect them as shown in step #1.
Try to complete each color t-shirt yarn as whole circles, this will help keep a circular shape as we weave.
Step 5: Finishing touches
Once we get to the end of the last circle of weave, just tie a knot or stitch the last two ends to stop any unraveling. Cut the weft and tie a secure knot with every two pieces.
The outer edge may seem like it’s curling up. No worries, once all the knots are tied, it will stay flat again.
Make some tassels by splitting the ends of a piece of yarn and tie a knot in the center with 1 or 2 pieces.
The pompoms are made with thin strips of t-shirt yarn. Here’s a tutorial on how to make pom poms super fast in big batches!
To attach the pompoms and tassels, just tie them through any part of the rug, they will be easy to replace too.
FAQ and helpful tips on making a rag rug:
1. My rag rug won’t lay flat!
Somehow, there was uneven tension while I was weaving in my newbie style, that caused part of the rug to bulge. So remember not to pull the yarns too tight when you weave!
If this happens, just take out 1 or 2 rounds of yarn, tie a knot where you cut the yarn, and tuck it to the back, as shown in the 3 images below.
Isn’t it great that this rug is so forgiving?
2. I want to change one of the colors!
Use the same method as above, we can change out any portions of the rug.
3. How to clean a rag rug
Hand wash or machine wash gentle cycle, and hang it in a well ventilated spot to dry.
Comfy and soft, pretty and happy, can you believe it’s made from a pile of old t-shirts?
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Happy creating! See you next week!