Step 1: Materials
- A crochet hook or rug punch tool. Both of these things can be found in the yarn/embroidery section of most craft stores.
-Yarn or strips of fabric. Almost ANYTHING can be used, and you can really change the texture of your rug by what you choose.
-A big piece of burlap, monk's cloth, or woven cotton fabric to punch your loops through. It HAS to be a material that shrinks when ironed/steamed, otherwise your loops will not be held in place and the rug will fall apart easily.
Step 2: Punching! (Or Hooking)
Again, your choice of textile will greatly influence the texture of your rug, as will loop length. Using yarn (I prefer to use two strands at once), short loops will make a carpety texture, whereas long loops make a nice shag carpet feel.
*My pictures here use latch-hook canvas to better show the stitches, but it is not an ideal fabric to punch through. See finishing page.
Step 3: Finishing
You can make ANY design with ANY fabric... there are endless possibilites! The example pictured here is 20x30" and looks like a shield from the video game Zelda.
*Latch-hook canvas does not shrink, and is thus not ideal. If you'd prefer to have a grid (to do a pixelated design, for example) you can use latex rug backing or some other glue to lock your stitches in place. Be careful, though! I would not vacuum this rug for fear of pulling out stitches.