Typically when one thinks of rags we envision something dirty, torn and just unattractive.  Elecia Cooper of Elecia's Creative I proves that rags are beautiful with her colorful, creative crochet designs.
Elecia shares these 3 beautiful crochet rag rug designs for all to enjoy - 
D's Sunflower Rag Rug
Sigma - Sigma - Sigma Rag Rug
Watermelon Rag Rug
Need a basket for doll accessories - 

Barbie Doll Accessories Basket

Please welcome Recycled  Into Yarn's  newest Recycled Designer, 
Elecia Cooper of Elecia's Creative I

You can read more about Elecia and the other recycled designers on 
the Meet the Designer page.

Let's see what existing Recycled Into Yarn's  Recycled Designer, 
Moira Crochets Plarn, has been up to - 

Moira's newest 
free crochet pattern - 

Mary Jane Tarn Headband pattern

We've all experienced a time when bed sheets have worn out their original use and that's typically evident  when the pattern is so faded you can't tell what it was.    That's when you know it's time to figure out what are you going to do with them.

Stefanie of A Common Thread has the answer ....repurpose those sheets into recycled rag yarn.   What can you make with recycled rag yarn?  A very comfortable knitted bath mat that feel so good under your footsies.


Please welcome Recycled Into Yarn's
newest Recycled Designer,
Stefanie Fail of A Common Thread.

You can read more about Stefanie and the other recycled designers on the
'Meet The Designer'  page.

Krispian Lowe shows us that even old shirts or other old clothing that cannot be donated to charity shops can be repurposed.   

Shirt Off One's Back Mat
is a fun knit mat pattern that can be used
in the bathroom or any where else.


Please welcome Recycled Into Yarn's newest
Recycled Designer, Krispian Lowe of KrisesKnits.

You can read more about Krispian and the other recycled designers on the 'Meet The Designers'  page.

When you stop and think about it, there is always potential 'recycled yarn' lying or hanging around the house.   It's there because we're looking right at it.  It may not be recognized at first but eventually we see it.  For example one minute you're sleeping on a bed sheet and pillow case and the next scrubbing dishes with it or even fashionably wearing it over the shoulder.  It's really hard to describe that feeling of gratification that comes with creatively extending the life of an item beyond what it was originally intended.  

If you're looking for potential recycled fabric or rag yarn, the best place I know to start looking is that one place we continue to pile up the old bed sheets & pillow cases that we dare not use again or the curtains that at one time had seen many sunrises and sunsets.  Some of us have them in bin(s) or stacked up on a shelf in that 'one' closet  waiting to decide on what to do with them.   We hold onto them because we know that there are so many wonderful projects that can be created but just not sure where to start.   
Look no further because Sharon of Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs shows us just how much fun it is to make fabric yarn.  Below are 2 different tutorials she has created for us: 
No-Join Method of Cutting Fabric Strips
Join Method of Fabric Strips
Okay, now that you have all of this beautiful fabric yarn made up, 
what to do - what to do ?? 

We have the answer to that question as well -
Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs 
offers this quick and easy rag coaster pattern.

Ready for more, check out Sharon's beautiful Rag Bag patterns also.
Cheerful Rag Bag by Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs
Anatomy of a Rag Bag by Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs
Please welcome Sharon of Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs 
as Recycled Into Yarn's  newest Recycled Designer.

You can read more about Sharon and the other recycled designers on the 
'Meet The Designers' page.

DON'T FORGET to cast your vote for the 1st Recycled Yarn-Along by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on January 24th.  See for yourself what is in the lead....