DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

DIY Rug Hook Pillow

Every so often, a DIY technique will come along that completely rocks my little crafting world and this DIY rug hook pillow is my new obsession!  Can you relate? I’ve recently started rug hooking and can’t help but eat, sleep and breathe it! #sendhelp

What I (Erin) love about rug hooking is how fast and forgiving it is. If you’ve ever attempted knitting or crocheting, then you’ll appreciate what I’m talking about here. Rug hooking is relatively simple and fast to do. I made this pillow in a day!

And if you mess up, you literally just give your yarn a tug, and easily pull out your stitches, so it’s great for beginners and non-perfectionists like me.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

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#10R Oxford Needle Punch

24” Wood Stretcher Frame (I used an art store canvas frame with the canvas removed)

3 ply yarn or medium weight wool roving

Burlap – I like using burlap for my ground cloth because it doesn’t stretch as much as others, making it great for beginners.

Scissors

Staple Gun

Marker

Flat Head Screw Driver or Pliers

Sewing Machine

Sewing Pins

Zipper Foot (optional)

½ Yard of Pillow Back Fabric – I used linen

Iron

Feather Pillow Form

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

1. Cut a 30” square piece of burlap. Stretch it around your wood frame and secure it to the back of the frame with a staple gun. You want to pull the burlap as tight as you can to make sure you have a taught fabric surface to needle punch.

2. Draw your design onto the burlap with a marker. You won’t see the marker in the end so if you mess up or change your mind while marking it out, that’s okay.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

3. Thread your punch needle by inserting your yarn through the hole at the tip of the needle. Then place the yarn string along the channel on the wood handle. Work the yarn back and forth until it settles into the channel. Now you’re ready to punch!

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

4. Hold your punch needle so the wood channel on the handle faces the direction you’re stitching. Insert the metal part of the needle into the burlap. I like to hold onto the yarn at the end of needle (on the underside of the burlap) just to make sure it catches. Then pull your needle up out of the burlap just enough so it skims the surface of the fabric. Then insert it back into the fabric a 1/8” – ¼” or so away to create a stitch. You’re striving for about 4-5 stitches per inch. Continue punching the outline of your first shape. Once you make it all the way around, start on the 2nd outline of stitches. Keep going until the entire shape is filled in.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

5. When ready to switch yarn colors, pull your needle out of the fabric just barely until the needle grazes the face of the fabric. Use a scissors to trim the yarn as close to the fabric as possible.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

6. Once the entire face of your pillow is rug hooked, remove the burlap from the frame by pulling out the staples with a flathead screw driver or pliers. The burlap will condense a little bit as it comes off the frame securing the stitches into place. Technically the front of the rug hooking design is the side with the loops, but I like the “stitched” side better, so I’ll be using this side for the pillow face.

 DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

7. Turn your design into a pillow by adding an envelope pillow back closure. My rug hook pillow face is roughly a 21” square, so I cut two pieces of linen backing fabric 14” x 22”. The back pieces need to be large enough to overlap one another as well as accommodate ½” seam allowances.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

8. Fold the long edge of one of the back pieces over ½” and press with an iron. Then fold the edge over again. Press with an iron and pin into place with sewing pins. Repeat with the second back piece.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

9. Place your rug hook design face up, and lay your two back pieces face down on top of your rug hook design. The back pieces should overlap a few inches at the center. Pin layers together at edges.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

10. Switch your sewing machine’s standard sewing foot for a zipper foot and move your sewing machine needle all the way to the left. (This is optional, but it’ll help you sew nice and close to the edge of your rug hook design.) Sew the pillow layers together using the thick rug hooked layer as a guide. You won’t be able to see it, but you’ll be able to feel it.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth  

11. Turn your pillow right side out, and stuff with a cushion insert.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

So what do you think, guys? Are you hooked? Get it?!..

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

DIY Rug Hook Pillow

Every so often, a DIY technique will come along that completely rocks my little crafting world and this DIY rug hook pillow is my new obsession!  Can you relate? I’ve recently started rug hooking and can’t help but eat, sleep and breathe it! #sendhelp

What I (Erin) love about rug hooking is how fast and forgiving it is. If you’ve ever attempted knitting or crocheting, then you’ll appreciate what I’m talking about here. Rug hooking is relatively simple and fast to do. I made this pillow in a day!

And if you mess up, you literally just give your yarn a tug, and easily pull out your stitches, so it’s great for beginners and non-perfectionists like me.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

MY LATEST VIDEOS

#10R Oxford Needle Punch

24” Wood Stretcher Frame (I used an art store canvas frame with the canvas removed)

3 ply yarn or medium weight wool roving

Burlap – I like using burlap for my ground cloth because it doesn’t stretch as much as others, making it great for beginners.

Scissors

Staple Gun

Marker

Flat Head Screw Driver or Pliers

Sewing Machine

Sewing Pins

Zipper Foot (optional)

½ Yard of Pillow Back Fabric – I used linen

Iron

Feather Pillow Form

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

1. Cut a 30” square piece of burlap. Stretch it around your wood frame and secure it to the back of the frame with a staple gun. You want to pull the burlap as tight as you can to make sure you have a taught fabric surface to needle punch.

2. Draw your design onto the burlap with a marker. You won’t see the marker in the end so if you mess up or change your mind while marking it out, that’s okay.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

3. Thread your punch needle by inserting your yarn through the hole at the tip of the needle. Then place the yarn string along the channel on the wood handle. Work the yarn back and forth until it settles into the channel. Now you’re ready to punch!

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

4. Hold your punch needle so the wood channel on the handle faces the direction you’re stitching. Insert the metal part of the needle into the burlap. I like to hold onto the yarn at the end of needle (on the underside of the burlap) just to make sure it catches. Then pull your needle up out of the burlap just enough so it skims the surface of the fabric. Then insert it back into the fabric a 1/8” – ¼” or so away to create a stitch. You’re striving for about 4-5 stitches per inch. Continue punching the outline of your first shape. Once you make it all the way around, start on the 2nd outline of stitches. Keep going until the entire shape is filled in.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

5. When ready to switch yarn colors, pull your needle out of the fabric just barely until the needle grazes the face of the fabric. Use a scissors to trim the yarn as close to the fabric as possible.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

6. Once the entire face of your pillow is rug hooked, remove the burlap from the frame by pulling out the staples with a flathead screw driver or pliers. The burlap will condense a little bit as it comes off the frame securing the stitches into place. Technically the front of the rug hooking design is the side with the loops, but I like the “stitched” side better, so I’ll be using this side for the pillow face.

 DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

7. Turn your design into a pillow by adding an envelope pillow back closure. My rug hook pillow face is roughly a 21” square, so I cut two pieces of linen backing fabric 14” x 22”. The back pieces need to be large enough to overlap one another as well as accommodate ½” seam allowances.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

8. Fold the long edge of one of the back pieces over ½” and press with an iron. Then fold the edge over again. Press with an iron and pin into place with sewing pins. Repeat with the second back piece.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

9. Place your rug hook design face up, and lay your two back pieces face down on top of your rug hook design. The back pieces should overlap a few inches at the center. Pin layers together at edges.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

10. Switch your sewing machine’s standard sewing foot for a zipper foot and move your sewing machine needle all the way to the left. (This is optional, but it’ll help you sew nice and close to the edge of your rug hook design.) Sew the pillow layers together using the thick rug hooked layer as a guide. You won’t be able to see it, but you’ll be able to feel it.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth  

11. Turn your pillow right side out, and stuff with a cushion insert.

DIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Rug Hook Pillow by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

So what do you think, guys? Are you hooked? Get it?!..

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

Comments

  • I love this! Your design is pretty with the yellow against the greys. It looks like so much fun to use the needle punch. I like crocheting because it’s forgiving, so this looks like it would be right up my alley.

    • You should definitely try it out! It’s addicting :)

  • Jenna

    03.29.18

    So fun and awesome!! I love love the colours that you used. It’s beautiful! I recently discovered rug hooking too but it’s slightly different from how you made yours. I pull the yarn from the bottom to the top instead of pushing it down like you showed. I too have become obsessed!! Lol. I love discovering new crafts! I’m always inspired by others creations. Thanks so much for sharing yours! Now I want to go make another pillow!! ❤️❤️ Have an aw some day!

    • The colors give a little vintage vibe, don’t you think? :) I love how many ways you can use this technique! So fun! So glad you were inspired! :)

  • Adi

    04.02.18

    Hi, the design is bright and cheerfull. Beautiful.
    I also love the fabric on the bench pillow. Where can I find it¿

  • Chelsea

    04.03.18

    I am so smitten with this project! For years I have tried and failed, time and time again, at crocheting and knitting, because I have congenital defects in my hands. This DIY tutorial not only gives me sweet nostalgia of when I made those yarn-hook projects in elementary school, but also gives me hope I could make a personalized pillow! Thank you for creating this!

    • We totally have faith in you! So happy that this inspired you just as much as it did us! :)

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