Make Delightful Rag Balls for Fabric Crochet or Knitting

Red, White and Blue Rag Balls for Fabric Crochet or Knitting. Get Free Instructions for Making These Here at KnittingandCrochet.net.
Red, White and Blue Rag Balls for Fabric Crochet or Knitting. Get Free Instructions for Making These Here at KnittingandCrochet.net.

Do you ever get inspired just from looking at pretty materials? I often do. Case in point: I find these rag balls utterly charming. They make me want to pull out my hooks and needles and dive into creating some new projects.

I think these red, white and blue printed rag balls would be smashing if combined in the same project. This would be an ideal color combination for those of you who are fans of Americana designs or country-style decorating.

These colorful rag balls would also make up into charming projects for Fourth of July. I’m imagining sturdy placemats for the picnic table…coasters that look fab, plus protect the table from drippy, icy drinks…potholders to save your hands from those burning-hot-fresh-from-the-barbecue dishes you’ll want to be grilling up this summer…plus fashionable things too — bags, totes, jewelry and more.

Have you ever made a rag ball? Do you want to give it a try? If so, click here for free instructions. They aren’t hard to make at all, just time-consuming. However, it’s well worth the effort if you’re looking to try something a little different than yarn. Or also, if you have a bunch of no-longer-needed linens or textiles accumulating at your place, and you think you’d like to up-cycle them.

There are bunches of different things that you could use your rag balls for:

  • Glam it up with a colorful DIY necklace. (It’s easy!)
  • Try crocheting a rag rug. (A little more challenging, plus time-consuming — but fabulous.)
  • Make yourself a stunning rag bag tote. (You’ll never get tired of hearing “Where did you get that gorgeous bag?”)

If you would like to try making those types of projects, be sure to grab the free patterns from the pages linked here.

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Crochet a 4th of July Necklace Using Strips of Fabric

Fourth of July Necklace Worked in the Fabric Crochet Technique
Fourth of July Necklace Worked in the Fabric Crochet Technique

(Plus Pendants or Beads for Embellishments.)


To make this project, I enjoyed playing with some of my favorite things — colorful material, sparkly glass pendants, and the fabric crochet technique. I’m delighted to share the free necklace pattern, instructions and step-by-step tutorial with you.

Have you ever tried crocheting with fabric before? If so, I think a necklace like this one would be a piece o’ cake for you to make.

If you’ve never attempted this technique before, and you’d be interested in giving it a try, this is one of the quickest and easiest projects you could choose for getting started. It’s wonderful if you end up loving the technique, but you never know until you try it. If you’re going to end up hating it, I think it’s a good idea to make that discovery using a zippy-quick project like this one — before you spend one zillion hours cutting fabric strips to make a more time-consuming project like a rag rug or rag bag tote.

If you like this idea, I invite you to give the pattern a try.


Crocheting a Necklace in Red, White and Blue for July 4th, or to Wear Any Time at All.
Crocheting a Necklace in Red, White and Blue for July 4th, or to Wear Any Time at All.

If you choose to use red, white and blue materials for crocheting your project, you could create a necklace that’s perfect for wearing on July 4th, Memorial Day or any similar patriotic holiday or occasion. (Or really, any day — because those colors are classic and look great together any time.) However, there are endless different pleasing color combinations you could try, so you can have bunches of fun experimenting to find ones that express your style best.

Pictured here, we have a necklace that I made using red and white batik fabric plus blue and silver wire-wrapped pendants. All of these materials work well for an Independence-Day-themed jewelry piece.


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Crocheting for Earth Day and Every Day

Crochet an Eco-Friendly Rag Bag for Earth Day or Any Day
Crochet an Eco-Friendly Rag Bag for Earth Day or Any Day

Earth Day is coming up soon. This year, we’ll be celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 22, 2016 — mark your calendars!

If you’d like to celebrate Earth day with an eco-friendly crochet project, there are many possiblilities to consider. For example, the gorgeous tote bag pictured above is a sustainable DIY project if you choose to upcycle old fabrics or clothes for your materials.

Another similar option is an earth-friendly market bag made using organic cotton. You can get the market bag crochet pattern on the Internet for free.

You could begin working on either of these projects today, and if you start using the bag every time you shop, it’ll result in fewer paper and plastic shopping bags that need recycling.

To see bunches more Earth Day project ideas, you might want to visit the About.com crochet library of projects for Earth Day.


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Red, White and Blue Jewelry for Fourth of July

This red, white and blue necklace is part of a roundup of red, white and blue jewelry DIY projects to knit and crochet for 4th of July, or any other occasion that warrants wearing patriotic colors.
This red, white and blue necklace is part of a roundup of red, white and blue jewelry DIY projects to knit and crochet for 4th of July, or any other occasion that warrants wearing patriotic colors.

In the picture at right, you can see one of my many fabric crochet necklaces. I crocheted this piece using red and white fabric strips, then added some blue wire-wrapped pendants. The result: a beautiful red, white and blue necklace that’s cute for wearing with shorts, jeans, skirts, button-down shirts and / or t-shirts. It’s a fantastic piece to use for 4th of July accessorizing, and it’s also appropriate to wear just about any time of year.

I adore this color combination — but if you don’t care for it, you could make the necklace in any colors you choose. As a matter of fact, this colorway wasn’t my first choice. I’ve re-worked this same necklace pattern many different times, and my original color choices were much different. The first few times I crocheted this design, I used some wild, colorful batik print fabrics. You can see ’em if you click here.

This bracelet (not pictured) is another great choice for wearing on Independence Day. It’s bright and sparkly, and the red and blue colors look lovely together.

Those are a couple of projects that I have already crocheted in Fourth-of-July-friendly colors, but the truth is, you could make just about any of our jewelry patterns using combinations of red and white, blue and white, or red white and blue. I invite you to take a look at the patterns and feel free to put your own unique spin on them, whether by changing the colors or other details to make them your own.

More DIY Projects and 4th of July Ideas:

Ideas for Crocheting With Fabric, Plus Free Fabric Crochet Patterns

Fabric Crochet Project Ideas
Fabric Crochet Project Ideas

I am a textile designer with a major weakness for fabric. Don’t get me wrong, I love yarn, thread, ribbons, beads, buttons, rubber stamps, paper punches and hot glue guns too — but I’m really, really, really nuts for pretty fabrics.

Not only that, I have an overabundance of fabric in my craft supply stash. I don’t have nearly the same issues with yarn or thread or buttons; somehow, when it comes to non-fabrics, I’m pretty adept at keeping my stash manageable, and I use up most of what I acquire in a reasonable sort of time frame.

It’s different with fabric. I have a hard time parting with anything made of fabric, especially pretty printed fabric — no matter how forlorn, stained, torn or beat up it gets; and I have this aggravating habit of buying interesting textiles and fabrics when I find them at garage sales, thrift stores or even at craft stores (on sale, of course.) And that’s to say nothing of all the fabric samples I have left over from the time period when I spent most of my days designing and re-coloring pretty prints.

When it comes to my fabric stash management, I think I finally managed to identify the major source of the bottleneck: I love fabric, but I don’t sew enough to really make much of a dent in the stash. I spend far more of my crafting time crocheting, knitting and scrapbooking. I’m good for sewing linings into my knitting and crochet pouches and bags, or an occasional hand-stitched embellishment or bauble. But the bottom line is, I’m not doing the amount of sewing or quilting it would really take to burn through all this fabric.

Light bulb moment: one day, it occurred to me that I should try crocheting with fabric. DUH! Of course that was the answer to my dilemma!

With all the fabric I have hanging around in my stash, I have no shortage of raw materials to draw from. So I’ve been steadily working on a list of interesting fabric crochet projects — and I’m posting them on the Internet so that you can try them too, if you would like to. I hope you’ll find these ideas useful. Whether you have some stained, abandoned sheets, or a sizeable fabric stash, I hope you’ll find plenty of projects (and free patterns!) that inspire you to dig in and use some of those materials up, too.

Fabric Crochet Project Ideas for You to Try:

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