With these simple instructions, you can make your own sisal mat any size you want.  It's perfect as a welcome mat, in a mud room, or think big and make a new dining room rug!  All you need is some sisal from the hardware store and a crochet hook, and you're ready to go.  For the price of one door mat, you could make 50! 

You don't even need to know how to crochet, because I'm going to do my best to teach you!

Step 1: Materials

Git you a big heapa sisal (hardware store) and giant fat crochet hook (I used this one, but would choose a smaller hook for the next one). 

And some gloves or tape to wrap around your fingers.  You'll figure that out soon enough. - sisal is tough on the skin!
<p>Does anyone remember when macrame was so popular in the 60's and 70's? No needle needed. There are lots of knots to use and if you can find some waxed twine that is the best. I used twine soaked in creosote and it is a terrific substitute. It has a strong smell so some people may not like it but it is used or use to be used in humid areas and areas that have a lot of boats, fishermen and sailors : ) It is after all a sailors talent to macrame.</p><p>Here is a free tutorial: http://www.stonebrashcreative.com/MacrameTutorial.html</p>
<p>The twine is fine but a word of caution on the creosote----this is very very bad on the human condition ie cancer, allergies, children/dogs-poisonous. The creosote plants here were closed down many many years ago due to the above issues &amp; more.</p>
<p>Thanks JillyJo43 for your concerns. Re: the dangers of creosote and in fact I don't think products made for the public market are even produced anymore using creosote. Yes, creosote, (chapparal) once it is processed and becomes a coal tar can be toxic in certain situations depending on how it is used, however, it is still used commercially for railroad ties and telephone poles specifically. The EPA is now recommending that railroad ties not be used in landscaping as has been done in the past due to environmental concerns.</p><p>It is still used in some medicinal products such as cream used for psoriasis and some Asian medicines. </p><p>Here is a link for further information in case anyone is interested in knowing more about these products. and their effect on human and animal health.</p><p>http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/phs/phs.asp?id=</p>
Ask your friendly local coffee roaster for his/her discarded green coffee bean bags. Some are burlap, some are sisal or jute. The sisal/jute bags make terrific farmer's doormats. Free for the asking, and you'll get a geography lesson besides!
Round here the demand for burlap bags is such, free bags wouldn't exist :( Such is life
My grandma would crochet rugs out of just about anything. Women's nylons bread bags mostly I'm sure she would have used plastic grocery bags, but she died before they come into common use around here. Go to a farm supply store and get a roll of baling twine (natural fiber or plastic) you would be stocked for life. Make a hook out of a dowel and use rope you could have a gift for the jolly green giant.
<br>It's a joy conversing with you:) Whoa..thanx for the excellent tips..I can't wait to start making my crochet sisal rugs.....
<br>I can't wait to start making some crochet sisal mats...thanx for the excellent tips it's a joy conversing with you:)
<br>Whoa... thank you sooo much for sharing these excellent tips..hmmmmm...<br>I can't wait to start my crochet sisal rugs..:):)
wow, just came across this and it brought me back to when I was a kid. My grandmother taught me to crochet using a big hook my grandda had carved. we used rags instead of sisal.<br>great instructable and thanks for the memories :)
Love it!! I just might make one of these this weekend. Thanks!!
Yay! Take pictures when you're done!
Wow it looks like you bought it at a shop, great work!
Excellent! Nice work. I used sisal for the bottom of a knit bag that I ended up giving to mom. It's very tough stuff -- Ideal for this purpose.
Nice !
Nice, I could use a new rug. I was thinking that it would be rough on your hands, but I see you have suggested using gloves under materials, good idea.
Nice, useful and cheap!

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