Old rags are useful for stuffing dolls and toys, and for keeping hands and furniture clean. They may be made into useful articles as well.
For the rug make a loom by nailing four pieces of wood at the corners as shown on page 66. Put a row of small nails about one-fourth inch apart in the end boards. For doll rugs or pot holders make the loom of heavy cardboard as shown on page 66. The loom is always the shape of the piece to be woven but slightly larger. String up the loom with string. This is called the warp thread. Make a needle from a stick of wood with a hole in the end. Tear strips of rags about one inch wide and thread into the needle, weave over one warp thread and under the next being careful not to pull the strips too tightly causing the piece to bow in at the center. Borders or patterns of different colored rags which have been dyed, may be woven into the piece. Suitable for all grades.
Construction of a wooden loom and a needle for weaving small rugs. Front and back views of a cardboard loom for weaving pot holders. Diagram showing weaving.
A braided pot holder, hooked mat and woven doll rug
All made from rags.
If rags are white or light in color dye them the desired color. Make a design on paper showing the shape of the rug or mat and spacing of borders in different colors. Tear the rags into strips one to two inches wide, depending on the desired width of braid. Braid strips and sew braids together on the back with string. These articles may be round, oblong or rectangular in shape. Suitable for all grades.
Nail four boards together to make a frame as shown on page 68. Be sure the frame is larger than the piece to be hooked. Sew a piece of gunny sack to the frame. Tear old silk or cotton rags into strips about one inch wide, hold these strips in the left hand under the material on the frame and with a large crochet hook or hook made from a nail and piece of wood, pull up the strips of material to the right side making loops one-half to one inch long and close together. If a figured material is used no design need be made, if plain material is used a design may be drawn on the gunny sack with crayon and followed with the hooking. When entire surface of material is covered with loops clip all the loops with scissors, remove material from frame, hem under edges for the mat. For the footstool, tack the hooked material on top of a small wooden box and cover the sides of the box with pieces from an old heavy coat or any heavy material such as velvet, velour or plush. If desired, material may be hooked to cover the entire box. For hooking yarn raveled from old sweaters may be used instead of rags. Suitable for middle and up p er grades.
A braided rug. A wooden frame for hooking rags into gunny sack, showing the sack sewed in place. Needle, detail of hooking and a footstool with a hooked rag top.