Featured: Giant Doily Rug


A doily crocheted rugEvery once in awhile I see a project on Ravelry that just bowls me over with it’s awesomeness. This is one of those that just wowed me with the sheer resourcefulness of it all! Meet Emma – Leftlady on Ravelry, a Mom of 3 girls who lives on the south coast of Australia. She has made the greatest rug that looks like a doily, but is giant sized. It is made from about 900 meters of 10 mm upholstery piping she received with the purchase of an upholstery machine and one huge crochet hook. She created this without a pattern  with only 2 years crochet experience!

Emma shared, “My inspiration for this rug came while surfing the net one day, I came across a link to a site called ladiesandgentlemen.com – this amazingly talented lady made her mega doily with her bare hands, no hook! But I fell in love with the idea immediately and it wasn’t long before I remembered that I had a reel of cotton piping out in the garage. In one of those spur of the moment decisions I hopped in the car to head down to my local craft shop to pick up a big enough hook to start straight away. The biggest I could find was a 15mm one, about the thickness of my thumb. I spent about an hour looking at various doily patterns on ravelry but was sure that there would be gauge issues when it came to trying a pattern so I decided to wing it and make up the pattern as I went.”Crocheting an area Rug

Giant Doily Rug Crochet When I asked Emma how long it took to complete this project, she said, “I’m a self confessed procrastinator, and this project is proof of that once again. It took me 6 months to complete. When really I think there would not be more that 10-12 hours work in it. I found it quite hard on the fingers and wrists as each stitch really needed to be coaxed through, but still 6 months is a long time. It has been ‘lived on’ in that time as well, which with 3 little ones I’m sure you can imagine means juice, crackers and lots of grotty little feet and fingers all over it. But it’s really held up quite well, it has just gone through its first wash and came out brighter than ever!”

Big Crochet Rug

Cost of this project? $3.45 for the hook!

Result? Priceless!

(Emma is one of four crafty Moms’ who blog collaboratively at The Handmade Rainbow)





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  1. Cindy Van Dongen
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    It (and it’s creator) are even better in real life! Champion Em!

  2. Mom
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    We couldn’t agree more, Cindy! :-) So clever!

  3. Andrea
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    I love this rug!! I’ve got giant knitting needles but not giant crochet hooks so maybe I’ll do something similar. Just knit instead. ;)

    • Mom
      Posted November 9, 2011 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      Make sure to share if you do, Andrea!

  4. Posted November 9, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    That is so inspirational! What an awesome project! :) I hope she wins a “Bobby” (Ravelry award) for it!

    • Mom
      Posted November 9, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      Hey, I forgot about those awards! This is one I’d definately nominate.

  5. Posted November 29, 2011 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    this doily rug turned out fantastic. i’ve started one as well with zpagetti yarn but didn’t really enjoy to make it. but i love the outcome! wow!

    • Mom
      Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:47 am | Permalink

      Looks like alot of work, Lou! Share a photo on our FB page when you get it done!

  6. Brittany
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    This is so beautiful! I wish I had the time to make something so amazing. I might just have to stop my business and takes. Whirl at it!

  7. Grace
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    This looks so great! How much yarn did you have to use and what kind did you have for the project?

    • Carli
      Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

      Hi Grace,
      I believe Emma said she used 900 meters of upholstery piping. I agree, great project!

  8. Posted January 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    That is awesome!!! I so need to learn how to crochet… and then somehow source 900 meters of upholstery piping because I WANT ONE OF THOSE :D

    • Mom
      Posted January 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      LOL! I know! Isn’t it great? I’m way impressed with it. No pattern!!!!

  9. Alecia Rae
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Did the 15 mm hook work? I have 9mm cotton rope coming to me and I was wondering what I size would work… :) thanks!

    • Mom
      Posted January 21, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

      That’s what Emma used, Alecia! How exciting – hope you’ll share yours when it’s complete!

  10. Karla
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I plan on making this project out of Plarn. This is what they call the yarn you make from the brown plastic grocery store bags. You cut in slices 1 1/2″ wide and then connect to the next. Roll in a ball as you go along. If you save bags for about a month you will have enough to make this project at no cost aside from the J or K crochet hook. This will make your project a nice mauve/tan color that will go with most decor these days. You also have the satisfaction knowing it is a recycled project. Thanks for sharing your idea

    • Carli
      Posted May 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

      That is such a neat idea, Karla! Would you please share a picture of it when you’re done? I’m excited to see it!

  11. Karla
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I promise to send a pic when I get it done. ;}

  12. nadody
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    that is gorgeous! I’d love to make one. I already have the spot picked out lol. i have a 15mm bamboo hook which i ordered recently. jus need to get some of that rope (?) does anyone know the proper term for it in australia, maybe i’ll be able to get some from bunnings. thanx :)

  13. Lori Wilson
    Posted August 3, 2012 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Is it possible to get the pattern she used? Or should I just find my favorite doily pattern and use this material? Thank you!

    • Carli
      Posted August 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lori,
      I believe Emma has said that she created the pattern as she crocheted so I don’t believe there is a specific pattern to share. I’m going to make one soon and do plan to use a pretty doily pattern. Would love to see yours when you’re done with it!

  14. Rachel Donnelly
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    What a great idea.

    • Mom
      Posted August 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      Yep, she’s super clever, isn’t she?

  15. Angela doebert
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I would LOVE to buy a rug off you!!!…I can’t knit or crochet but I want to learn. But I really want one of these rugs sooooo bad. Would you sell one to me????…or if you don’t make them for others do you know where I can purchase a similar one?..thanks!!!..:)

  16. Beatrice Reid
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I expect one could make it with old T-shirts cut into strips, thus recycling them. One could then make it lots of different colours which wouldn’t show the dirt so much. Also I suppose one could use old towels also cut into strips to make a bath-mat.

    • Mom
      Posted September 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

      I really love the tee shirt idea! What a great (and pretty!) way to recycle!

  17. Beverly
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    this is awesome! I want to have one now!!! Thanks for sharing this.

  18. NappyNette
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    hello! great rug and craftsmanship :)
    FYI amazon.com has a size S/19mm hook. :)

  19. Posted November 30, 2012 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    HI! I love this but have you got any recommendations of where to get cotton piping like that from in that quantity?

    • Mom
      Posted November 30, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      No idea, Grace. Maybe an upholstery supplier?

  20. Posted January 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    These are gorgeous!!!!

  21. Posted February 6, 2013 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    I love the way the pattern came out. I actually made similar rug using a cotton rope. I did order upholstery piping from Joann.com, but when I saw it, I thought it would not last too long if anybody started to walk on it. I wonder how your rug is still holding up after more time has passed. My piping is still sitting in the boxes while I’m trying to decide what to do with it.
    On the other hand, I love how my cotton rope rug came out. check out my website (click on my name) to see it. You can buy it there too :) oh, you can add images :) BlogRope5.jpg

  22. Sandra Nosek
    Posted May 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love this rug! You could become rich! I would buy one! How long did it take you to make it? Gilbert,Az

    • Mom
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      Howdy Neighbor! I live in Tempe, AZ :-) I didn’t make the rug, but I admire it too. :-)

  23. april perdue
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Hello Emily

    I just wanted to know where you purchase your piping at by the role and what brand?? and size?? i love this rug


  24. Christine
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I love the Giant Rug Doily! Is there a pattern that I can get from you to make it? I’d love to make it!! Thanks!!

    • Mom
      Posted November 26, 2013 at 6:07 am | Permalink

      Hi Christine, No pattern for that one. The designer made it up on the fly. So impressive of how creative she is!

  25. connie
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Oh you smart girl. I have been pricing white rope to make a similar rug. I love the idea of upholstery piping better! Piping also comes in several sizes. Going to make a trip tomorrow to our local discount fabric store and purchase a spool. Thanks for this tip!!!

  26. Sandi
    Posted December 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Where can I find a pattern or tutorial for this?

    • Carli
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      Hi Sandi, Emma created the pattern as she crocheted the rug so no specific pattern was used, however, I think it would work out fabulously to use your favorite doily pattern. ;-)

      Have fun!

  27. Posted March 1, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    beautiful rug cant wait to try one their really lovely thanks for sharing

  28. Yolanda
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    I just love your rug I going to try two strands of cotton yarn and see if it looks as good as yours because I looked for piping and it was to costly. From Nashville Tenn. thanks Yolanda

    • Mom
      Posted March 31, 2014 at 8:29 am | Permalink

      Excellent Yolanda! Let us know how it comes out! :-)

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