Nowadays rug making is back in fashion, with rug tufting taking social media by storm. But if you can’t afford a tufting gun (or want a safer option for kids), latch hook kits are an excellent alternative.
Latch hooking is a craft that involves tying pre-cut yarns to horizontal strands of a canvas grid. Latch hook kits are great pastime activities that you can do alone, in a group, or with your kids. They provide good hand-eye coordination and mathematical practice to keep your mind sharp.
They require no electricity, batteries, or screens. Put down the smartphone and strengthen your fine motor skills using a small crochet tool that allows for massive creativity!
Whether for you, your children, or a gift for a loved one, I’ve picked out some of the best latch hook kits you can buy to start making your own rugs right away!
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How to choose the best latch hook kit for you
There are all kinds of latch hook kits on the market, but how do you know which one is best for you?
First of all, think about what you want to make and where it will go. Will you be making a rug for your kitchen or bathroom? What about the kids’ rooms? How much time you have to spend on a project may also contribute to your decision-making.
All sets include the basics: yarn, a latching tool, and instructions. Colors, designs, and textures are up to you. If you plan to make latch-hooking a fun project to do with your child, pick a set that piques his or her interest.
One size of latch hook tool does not always fit all. The tools vary in:
- Size — 5.7 inches to 6.5 inches
- Material — wood or plastic
- Shape — bent or straight
What about the canvas? Here you’ll find mesh, cotton, or polyester backings. Mesh tends to be easier to work with but less soft when finished, while cotton and polyester provide a nicer finish at the cost of workability.
The best latch hook kits
There are different varieties of rug hooking kits available online. Most of these include a pre-printed canvas (to make nailing the pattern that much easier) with non-skid backing, a color card, a crochet hook tool, bundles of acrylic colorful yarn cut to size, and an illustrated instruction sheet.
Here are 10 of the best latch hook kits you’ll find online!
BestArtsCrafts Blue Mandala latch hook kit
This latch hook rug kit is different from most because it is more of a pattern than a picture. The color choices in this piece will dazzle any boy or girl’s room or match any decor in your home.
This rug hooking kit multifunctions as a rug, wall tapestry, or floor mat. It measures 32×24 inches. With this set comes a latch-hook tool made out of wood instead of plastic and a mesh canvas with a pre-knitted blue line to use as a guide while knitting.
It shouldn’t be difficult for crafters of all ages (with parental help for the really little ones). Just follow the included instructions and in a few hours you’ll have your very own DIY rug!
SSArtsbyLynn Abstract rug making kit
If you like random patterns that do not have a particular theme, this tie-dye psychedelic kit might be right up your alley. The colorful spiral latch-hook kit measures approximately 20.47×15 inches once finished.
The rainbow paint splatter pattern is already on the pre printed canvas, so you don’t have to guess where to hook the yarn. Make sure to pay close attention when selecting which kit to buy, as not all options include the accessories you may need to complete the rug.
These kits are shipped from China, so if you are an international buyer and want a quick delivery, this may not be the best option for you. However, if you can wait, this shop has many more designs to choose from.
ChicDesignStyle Customizable latch hook kits
Do you want something truly original? This next latch hook kit is custom made from any photo or an image you send in. Latch hook kits for adults tend to be a bit lacking, but with this one you can literally create whatever you want. It comes in sizes ranging from 9×12 inches to 30×40 inches.
No matter what size you choose, the kit will come with a reference grid to help you with yarn placement because the canvas will not have the outline of your image on it. You will also receive specially-designed colorful yarn, color cards, and a latch-hooking tool to make your masterpiece.
This kit is a fun way to personalize your space, but please note that it is not advised that you machine wash your customized rug after completion. It also runs quite a bit more expensive than other latch hook kits.
ChicDesignStyle Rabbit rug kit
Next up is another latch hook kit from the same shop, this time with a fixed design that’s sure to appeal to fans of Peter Rabbit or Velveteen Rabbit.
This child-friendly DIY latch hook kit features a 20×15-inch rectangular rug of a rabbit holding a carrot. The finished product uses a polyester/acrylic wool blend thread, mesh canvas with grid lines, and skid-free silicone backing.
This set also contains a latch-hooking tool and instructions, so you won’t need to buy anything else to get started. As with all kits, supervision is necessary to prevent injury from the needle on the latch hook tool.
If this specific design doesn’t appeal to you or your child, the shop has plenty more options to choose from.
HeiWongShop Brand Noah’s Ark latch hook kit
The roughly 20-inch circular Noah’s Ark rug hooking kit is perfect for a child’s room or nursery. The design is based on the famous story from the Bible.
The kit is a great value for the money and consists of polyamide fiber/nylon embroidery threads, a mesh canvas, a color card, a crochet hook, and colorful drawing accessories. The canvas is color coded with a finished backing to make this rug a fun and easy project.
Like most latch-hook kits, you must wash it by hand because it probably will not survive the washer. This shop is based in Hong Kong, and has many more cute designs if this one doesn’t catch your fancy.
LatchKits Mini-Rug Poodle kit
Young dog fans will love this 3D poodle rug making kit. In it, you will find one fabric-lined canvas that outlines the shape and color of the poodle. The color coded canvas makes it easy to pick up where you left off after taking a break, so it doesn’t need to be completed in one sitting.
This latch hook rug kit includes five yarn bundles, two sizes, a latch hook tool, and an instruction guide with illustrations to walk you through each step. So, what makes it 3D? The yarn sizes come in medium and extra long to make the fluffy image pop out.
The finished product will measure 12×11 inches, which is perfect for a mini rug or home wall decor. Because the kit includes a (somewhat) sharp latch hook tool, it is not suitable for children under 4 years of age. It’s recommended for children ages 6 and up.
Myriad Choices Snuggly Pets latch rug making kit
With this next hook rug kit, you can choose between two designs: snuggling puppies or kittens. Both finished rugs measure 19.7×18 inches with an acrylic mesh base cloth.
They’re also quite soft, as the pre-cut yarn has been treated with softeners during the production process. This makes it extremely easy to hook in comparison to other kits, and you can rest assured that everything is odorless and non-toxic.
However, there is no printed image on the canvas, so you’ll have to rely on the included image and red grid lines printed on the canvas to guide you. This can be tedious, but it does provide an added level of difficulty and concentration.
This project is suitable for children aged 6 and above. That said, it’s probably best that children have some adult help and supervision.
B Me Unicorn latch hook kit
Does your child love unicorns? Then this might be the perfect latch hook kit to buy.
The kit includes 15 bundles of colorful yarn, a canvas with a pre-printed colorful shape of a unicorn, a latch tool, and suction cups for mounting. The colorful yarn includes six different colors and shades, and they’re pre-cut to size.
This rug-hooking kit fosters good eye-hand coordination, problem-solving skills, and forces your child to concentrate on something besides a screen. That makes it a great gift for crafty young ones.
MeetBSelf Cats Latch Hook Kit
The last latch hook kit I’ll highlight here features an adorable design for any room or doorstep. It’s larger at roughly 20×15 inches, and the canvas features a skid-free back so you won’t have to worry about it slipping.
The canvas has the pattern printed on the canvas so you know exactly where to hook the colored yarn. There’s also a color guide to help you pick the right pre-cut yarn from the set.
Although the design is suitable for all ages above four, it makes a great project for crafters young and old. It also comes in clear packaging, making it the perfect rug hooking kit for gifting.
That’s it for my picks for the best latch hook kits you can buy! Which one will you be buying for yourself or a loved one today?