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How much yarn do I need to tuft a rug?Updated 7 months ago

The amount of yarn needed to create a rug depends on the size of your project, how close together your tufted lines are, how tight the tufted strands are, the height of the pile, and the type and thickness of the yarn you're tufting with.  

For example, if you’re feeding two strands of yarn into an AK-I Cut-Pile Machine set to produce a 12 mm pile (about ½ inch), you will use approximately 8 ounces of yarn to tuft a square foot. Since our Reflect yarn comes in 16 ounce (1 lb.) increments, this means, with two cones of yarn on your yarn feeder, you’d be able to tuft about four square feet (or 60 cm x 60 cm) before running out of both cones. 

Thinner yarns might require tufting with three, four, or even five strands at a time in order to create a plush pile. This means either building a yarn feeder that can accommodate a yarn cone for every strand you plan to tuft with, OR rewinding your yarn to wrap multiple strands of yarn around a single cone using a yarn winder

When planning your rug and purchasing yarn, it’s always best to have too much of a color than to run out mid-project (and extra yarn is helpful for compensating for mistakes). If you’re tufting with our Reflect Eco-cotton, bear in mind that, because it’s made using available recycled cotton, colors are occasionally discontinued or may vary slightly between orders.

Recycled Wool in Combination 


Reflect Recycled Wool is best tufted with in combination with Reflect WoolEco-cotton, or another more substantial yarn. Use the table below to determine how many cones of each type of Reflect yarn you'll want to thread into your machine at once, depending on your pile type and the yarn combination you're considering. 



Wool 

Eco-cotton

Recycled Wool

Recycled Wool only (cut-pile) 

3 cones 

Recycled Wool only (loop-pile) 

4 cones

Both types of Wool (cut or loop)

1 cone

2 cones

Eco/Recycled Wool combo (cut or loop)  

1 cone

2 cones 

Wool only (cut or loop)  2 cones

Eco-cotton only (cut or loop) 

2 cones 


*Note that the dying process of Recycled Wool Glow in the Dark makes it thicker than Recycled Wool in other colors. Treat this fiber as you would our standard Reflect Wool, and estimate threading just two strands at once to create a plush cut or loop-pile. 


Banana Silk in Combination 


Reflect Banana Silk is also best used in combination with our standardReflect WoolEco-cotton, or another more substantial yarn. Use the table below to determine which yarn(s) to combine with Banana Silk (and how much of both yarns you’ll need), taking into consideration: 

  • Whether you’re using a cut or loop-pile machine
  • The amount of shine you’re going for 
  • The number of yarn cones your yarn feeder can accommodate, or the number of cones you're able to wind together.* 

Wool

Eco-cotton

Recycled Wool

Banana Silk 

Wool/Banana, loop 

(moderate shine) 

2 cones

1 cone

Wool/Banana, loop 

(more shine) 

1 cone 

 –

2 cones 

Wool/Banana, loop 

(more shine) 

2 cones 

2  cones 

Eco/Banana, loop 

(more shine) 

1 cone

2 cones 

Wool/Banana, cut 

(moderate shine) 

2 cones 

1 cone

Eco/Banana, cut 

(more shine) 

2 cones

3 cones

Banana only, loop 

(max shine) 

4 cones

Banana only, cut 

(flecks of shine) 

6 cones 

(not recommended)

For visual examples of several of these combinations, and for additional tips and advice, check out this post on the Tuft the World Blog


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