How to Make a Rag Rug by Everyday Art

Happy Labor Day! For a fun change of pace today, I have the cute girls from Everyday Art here to show us How to Make a Rag Rug tutorial. I love their super easy technique! This is definitely a great craft for fabric scraps. {don’t ya love scrap busters?} enjoy! -Linda

DIY Rag Rug

How to Make a Rag Rug Tutorial

rag rug tutorial

Hi, my name is Jaime and my sister-in-law Emily and I are craftaholics. :)

We like to share our creations on our blog, Everyday Art because we think that everyone likes to create a little art everyday.

We’re excited to be here at Craftaholics Anonymous® today sharing one of our recent projects.

Introducing, the Pink-and-Blue Rag Rug:

how to make rag rugs

And I must say, phew!, what a long, loooong time this project took me! Many hours sitting watching shows/listening to audio books while working on this puppy. But, I have to say, even knowing how many hours (days, weeks, months) I’ve put into this, I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I love it. :)

rag rugWe recently moved and I put my two oldest girls in a shared bedroom. One loves blue, the other pink. So what to do but make a pretty blue-and-pink room for them? After completing the blue-and-pink quilts for their bunk beds, painting the walls blue, and hanging pink curtains, I tackled the rag rug as my next project.

As you can see, it turned out cute, coordinating, and much loved by the two girls.

The rug really was simple to make, just time-consuming. Basically, I used strips of fabric (1000s of them) cut about 1 inch x 5 inches. I stuffed these strips into a non-skid rug mat and voila! No need to even bother tying the strips.

You can see the rug mat in this image and about how often I skipped holes. Obviously, I certainly could have made it more full by skipping less holes in the non-skid mat, but there really wasn’t a need to make it any more full. I used leftover fabric from their quilts plus other scraps and purchased fabrics.

The rug has been in the girls’ room for about 2 weeks now and it easily fluffs up with a little shake and appears to be holding up well. With projects like this, the personalizing possibilities are truly endless–any color scheme would be fun.

Ready to make one yourself?

Rag Rug Tutorial


Here’s an image-tutorial on how to make a rag rug:

rag rug tutorial

I hope your rug goes well! I think this was one of my all-time-favorite handmade items.

DIY Rag Rug tutorial. These are easy to make and add awesome texture to a room!Thanks Linda for having us. :)

Lots of love from the gals at Everyday Art!

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 451
    Treijetta Frazier

    After you put the fabrirc through the hole, do you tie a knot to keep it together?

    1. 451.1

      No they are not knotted

  2. 452

    What if I wash it? Will the rags stay in place if not tied?

    1. 452.1

      Wash it in a laundry bag or pillow case and lay flat to dry

  3. 453

    I love your rug idea. Beautiful colors.
    Since you did not “tie” anything, my concern would be how well it held up thru a washing. I’m wondering if you have washed your rug yet?

    1. 453.1

      Rag rugs should be hand washed or else washed in a machine in a laundry bag or pillow case and then laid flat to dry :)

  4. 454

    What kind of fabric holds up best (won’t fray or unravel)? Thanks!

    1. 454.1

      Jersey or knit won’t fray :)

    2. 454.2

      Jersey or knit won’t fray :)

      1. If you didnt knot it how did you get it to stay? & what kind of fabric did you use for the one you made ?

        1. The rug pictured uses 100% cotton fabric. The fabric is weaved through small holes that hold it in place. To wash, you’ll want to use a laundry bag or pillow case to put it in and then lay flat to dry.

  5. 455

    I am about half way through making one of these rugs for my nieces and I put it on the floor to see there reactions and one first up pulled a strip out. This is disappointing as I’ve spent so much time on it so far. Now I have to knot all of them.

    1. 455.1

      I wouldn’t knot them, what I would do is sew on the reverse side. Just poke needle through fabric near the mat, and weave in and out in some way to keep them from getting pulled out. Basically sew the strips to the backing. My feet hurt thinking about stepping on a bunch of knots!

    2. 455.2
      kris bush

      I would use a hook it creates a better look and ensures they do not fall out.

  6. 456
    Lisa Z

    How would denim do, ya think?

    1. 456.1

      It would look so cute! It would shed a bit, but it would hold up well.

      1. Vivian

        I have a lot (about 8-10 yards) of pink denim I bought on ebay a few years ago how big of a rag rug do you think that would make? thanks!

        1. My guess would be a nice full 4×6, maybe slightly larger.

    2. 456.3
      kris bush

      I have used cord trousers and in funky colours they look fab

  7. 457
    Gale Thompson

    Attempting to view rag rug tutorial please advise

  8. 458

    Any problems if the fabric scraps fray?

  9. 459
    Darla Meyer

    I don’t see why you couldn’t just knot the strip in the traditional latch hook method. Great idea though.

    1. 459.1
      kris bush

      That is what I do and it works well and also looks more secure and packed

  10. 460

    I am very interested in your crafts, being a craftolic myself. This is the first time I have viewed your page. I am loving it thank u very much.

  11. 461
    Preeta James

    I love the idea of the rag rug!! Thanks for sharing!!

  12. 462

    could you please tell me where you got the non slip skid mat from?? Im in Australia and cant find them anywhere???

    1. 462.1

      You can find them online at Amazon or a home store like Walmart or Target should carry them.

  13. 463
    Mary Folks

    This looks so easy and lots of fun. Thank you for sharing. Our daughter is due in 4 weeks, looks like I better get started. I will try to send y’all a picture of ours. Thanks again!!!!!

  14. 464

    This looks like something I could do am 63 and something is to do for my grandkids

  15. 465

    Hi ladies..I think using a crochet needle will maky the job a little easier and quicker….? X

  16. 466

    I’m curious as to how much fabric to buy for this size of rug. Any suggestions?

  17. 467

    Does the favric fray (sp) easily?

    1. 467.1

      If you use cotton, yes it will shed/fray. If you use a knit or flannel fabric, then it will not.