DIY Latch Hook Rug

Handmade Latch Hook Rug via A Beautiful MessEvery so often, my decorating and DIY sides meet up and give me the urge to take on a home project.  I’ve been shopping for rugs lately to make our house feel cozy and warm, and I thought it would be fun to try my hand at hooking a rug for our place (you can also use latch hook skills to make a wall hanging!).

Latch hook rug steps Supplies:
blank latch hook canvas
-latch hook
pre-cut latch hook yarn

1. Fold an edge over one or two times and whipstitch around the edge until secure.  Repeat on all for sides to bind the edges of the rug.

2. Push your hook through a square. The hook will need to go under and through.

3. Wrap the yarn around the base of the hook and pull the yarn around the top part of the hook.

4. Begin pulling down on the hook. The small arm will close around the hook and wrap around the yarn.

5-6. Continue pulling down through the hole. 7. Repeat in every square until you have a finished rug!

Handmade latch hook rugThis rug took me several weeks to complete, but was a very fun and relaxing project to do while watching movies and sitting by the fire. I’m excited to have such a special piece for our new home!

You can also get a latch hook rug kit to make something fun, and we’ve made lots of rugs over the years here at the blog so take a look and get crafty! xo. Katie

DIY Latch Hook Rug

Make a latch hook rug at home!

Keyword DIY, latch hook, rag rug
Author Katie Shelton


  • 1 blank latch hook canvas
  • 1 latch hook
  • pre-cut latch hook yarn


  1. Fold an edge over one or two times and whipstitch around the edge until secure.  Repeat on all for sides to bind the edges of the rug

  2. Push your hook through a square. The hook will need to go under and through.

  3. Wrap the yarn around the base of the hook and pull the yarn around the top part of the hook.

  4. Begin pulling down on the hook. The small arm will close around the hook and wrap around the yarn.

  5. Continue pulling down through the hole. 

  6. Repeat in every square until you have a finished rug!

  • Hey, I was wondering how well this rug is holding up and how you wash it? I’m thinking of making one for a bathroom

  • I saw your rug and instructions on pinterest and your website. The only thing you didn’t mention was how big is your rug? I know you can make different sizes, but yours seemed to be a good size.

  • I have been latch hooking for years.. been trying to figure what to do with all the ( many ) left over pieces of yarn… thank you for giving me this idea!!!!!!!

  • About a year ago, someone in one of the online craft supply groups had a bag full of latch hook rug yarn bundled in individual colors at a very cheap price. I had to jump on it don’t ya know! haha I had made a few small “wall rugs” while in high school but the yard brought back fun memories. So, I’ll be buying some canvas soon and see what I can come up with. Thanks for reminding me of what I have!

  • Awe, I <3 this! I’m definitely going to try one for myself after the holidays. Thanks for the idea!


  • I LOVE the tights you are wearing in this picture. Where, may I ask, did you get them?


  • ughhh i love your site! its so inspiring! <3 you both are amazing thank you for the time and effort you put into your blogs!! im also gonna create a latch rug! so easy xox

  • Nice job on the carpet *o*
    May i ask where did you find your pretty shoes? i’m in love 🙂

  • Oh my gosh… These are so fun and easy!! I did this in the fourth or fifth grade! (Granted, the pattern was painted onto the canvas, but stripes would be pretty easy, as indicated in your tutorial!!)

    Thanks for sharing!

  • What it the base of the rug? where I can get it? I’ve been trying to get one but I don’t know what is that!?

  • Havent latch hooked anything since i was a little girl… love this idea. definitely doing it for my bathroom cause I can’t find a good rug to match!

  • This looks an awful lot of hard work! but the satisfaction after making it is incomparable. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Inspired choice ladies! I haven’t done a latch hook since middle school (a unicorn I believe), but mine were never so mod. Thanks for the inspiration and the trip down memory lane.

  • Hi! What count canvas was used here and how would I match a ball of wool to this? And what size canvas did you use?

  • My mom made a rug like this when we were kids. It’s of a tiger. I love it and I still have it.

  • Wow thats beautiful! I could never have the patients!

  • Oh thanks for the inspiration! Will DEFINITELY be giving this project a go over the winter months!

  • So cute!! Looks so fuzzy & nice!


  • totally inspired. this will give me something to do when I move.


  • This is so nice, but the colours look like you could just eat it! I must try this when I live alone 🙂

  • Boy, did this bring back memories for me! “Back in the day”, I learned to make rugs like this using a wooden frame, burlap and rug yarn in a continious piece.

    Your rug is a beauty!

    (p.s. – I admire your patience in cutting the yarn :)!)

  • I think I might need to give this a go… I wonder how easy it would be to do an animal face for my son’s room!

  • I just finished (and blogged about!) one of these, but instead of a few weeks, it actually took me a few years (!!!) to finish it :P. Of course, I didn’t work consistently on it, it was sort of my never-ending project that was always on my summer goals list. But like you said, it’s a very relaxing project to work on, and now that I’m done with it, I think I’m ready for a new one – and your beautiful striped rug is the perfect inspiration! 🙂

  • This is so cool!
    How nice would it be to have your self made rug next to your bed or so! 😀 Such a great idea!!!
    I can imagine this being a great way to get some stress out of your system, just, being calm, working on a rug 😀

    Love, Saar

  • Cuuuuuuuuute!!! I love this hook rug! Really want to make one!!! 🙂

  • What a wonderful idea! It’s so gorgeous to create something truly handmade. Love the colours too! Very inspiring.
    Sophie x

  • Looks lovely! I would love to try and make something like this but it looks like it took a lot of time!

  • This looks amazing! I did latch hook when I was younger but I never had the continued attention span to work on it for more than a few weeks! I would love to do this and do a really cute print!

  • I lovee latch hook, since its so easy. But I didn’t realize that you could buy the canvas blank
    Super duper cool:)) the possibilities are endlessss!

  • This rug is beautiful, and it looks so cozy. I don’t know how you find enought hours in the day to finish such a large project, but it looks amazing!


  • I was going to say this looks terribly time consuming, but I guess if you are used to a project like this, such as knitting, it’s actually a great idea and very fresh and functional! I loved how you did a stripe, it turned out really cute 🙂

    Strive to Thrive,

  • What a great rug! I remember making one as a kid that took me moooonths because I was so lazy. (It was Hello Kitty!) I’ve always wanted to make another one.

  • Awesome rug! And I love the purple/grey leggings in the picture ! Hahaha.
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  • I could see how that would take a long time, but it looks totally worth it. That is absolutely beautiful!

  • It’s great that you took a moment to recognize the huge disaster that affected the east coast, but I wish you didn’t ask people to donate to the Red Cross. Both FEMA and the Red Cross have been no where to be found. To have a more direct impact, it would be better to check out the OccupySandy movement which has been much more proactive and organized in all this mess.

  • Amazing! I’m going to make one in dark purple and brown to put next to my bed so I can bury my feet in the soft yarn every morning when I get up

  • Katie, you are very good at putting things together and making things. I really like this idea but I don’t know if I would have the patience to try it 🙂

  • I tried the old latch-hook from fabric scraps and gave up after four rows. Congrats on finishing it.

  • The first thing I noticed in your first photo is…. Your shoes!!!! I want the shoes and also the camera! XD

  • omg i’ve been wanted a rug like this for so long, but i never found the color i wanted, thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • I love this rug and have always loved this blog. Thank you for brightening up every day with gorgeous posts.


  • Beautiful. I used to make latch hook pictures using the kits from Michaels. Hmmm. Now I’m thinking of making a rug for my daughter. I was wondering?

    1. How big is your blank latch hook canvas that you used and did you buy it from Michaels?

    2. How long were the yarn that you cut to make the rug?



    BTW, I love your blog. So crafty and inspiring.

  • I used to do latch hook rugs when I was a kid. I remember making a rug with Eeyore on it. I never actually considered making a usable rug in my home. Great idea.

  • I love the idea but I don’t really understand the tutorial 🙁 xx

  • Oh Katie how I always adore your projects! You have to be one of my biggest inspirations as your DIY’s always inspire me to create other items using your techniques!

    Love & Lollies… Jessa

    Caked Vintage Blog

  • Cool idea! I have never thought of making my own rug… but now I’m thinking of it! It would be really special for a baby’s room:)

  • Oh, I LOVE it! I didnt even know you could do this by yourself. Now i really want to try, although I doubt I’d have the patience to finish it! 🙂

  • The rug looks SPECTACULAR!!!! Hmm, took u a few weeks, i think it would take me a few months since when watching to TV I am totally focused on vegging.

  • Are there types of yarn that work better than others? Where did you get yours? Love the colors!

  • That seems so easy! I would love to give it a try over Winter Break.

  • Sorry, forgot to put this in my other comment, but where did you get those shoes?

  • What a great post! I used to make these all the time, and to cut down on time and supplies I would skip a row and not do EVERY box. I do like how yours is extraordinarily fluffy, however and might try that with another rug later.

  • Really great. I would like to try it. I love it. Perfect idea. Have a nice day.

  • I used to love doing the kits when I was a kid. I need to try this again. Fun fun.

  • Oh I love rug hooking! It’s fun to do, and as you say, very relaxing. And then you get something nice out of your work in the end! Score. I like the striped pattern you went with.


  • Oh wow. That looks like it takes talent and patience. I’d love to one day challenge myself and make something similar.
    Xo Inna!

  • I have done a latch rug before and it is very time consuming but yours turned out great and definitely worth being patient! Love it.

  • Hello!
    I’m writing from Peru.
    I loved this project and would like to know how much wool needed to complete the carpet.
    A big hug to the distance.

  • This is beautiful! But I don’t know if I have the patience to work on it for so long… but the draw of creating my own pattern is strong!

  • Beautiful rug! I just got some new plants and have been looking everywhere for a plant basket like that. May I ask where you found yours? 🙂

  • it is so hard project. ı was tring to finish that until almost a year…
    well done for you girls…
    good job!!!

  • You guys are amazing! I would never think to do this. I’ll have to try it sometime.

  • I love latch hook it’s very therapuetic!! I like the idea of cushions too. But the only problem is the yarn gets loose :/

  • This is great! I’m going to give it a try and will cut my yarn by hand as well – about how long was each piece of yours?

  • This is gorgeous! Such a simple idea and I never would have thought of it. I’ve been needing a new rug for my place. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Wiiiiii, can definitely believe it took a while! XD

    But it’s indeed very beautiful!


  • I’ve always wanted to have a go at this, but I don’t know where I’d fit it in around everything else!

    Yours looks great! x

  • this is wonderful! i wouldn’t have thought of making a rug myself, but you inspired me to give it a try… plus, the colors in yours are absolutely beautiful!

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