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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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About Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous

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. 351
    Angie says:

    I made my own version of this rug awhile back. http://mostlyplantbasedmama.blogspot.com/2014/02/diy-no-sew-shag-rug.html. I do have to say that this was one of my favorite projects for our home so far.

  2. 352
    Vickie says:

    “Hooking” rugs was quite popular a few years back. It used a mesh and yarn that was pulled through the mesh, creating a loop that you pulled the ends through. This made it much more secure than this looks as far as wear and washing goes. I’m sure it’s possible to find such hooks and probably different size meshes at a craft store.

    • 352.1

      Vickie, I was thinking the thing. I have seen hook rug kits at craft supply stores in recent years. I loved working on those when I was a kid, but the finished product is nothing I would want to display in my house. These rag rugs are much more modern looking. Using the hook might speed up the process. Thank you for awesome idea, Linda!

  3. 353
    Gwen says:

    I like making things and crochet is one of them

  4. 354
    Pat says:

    Love this rug! Have you tried to wash them yet? I would be afraid that the scraps would come loose in the wash?

  5. 355
    Lacy says:

    Do you tie the rags off or are they pretty secure? Thanks this is so super cute!

    • 355.1
      Leslie says:

      Wondering the same thing…

      • LeAnn says:

        I think I would use one of those old latch hooks that people use to make the yarn rug kits they sell at hobby stores and walmart.

        • megan parriott says:

          I was wondering if anyone would know if the yarn hook and latch patter where you double it the pull your ends through the loop would work or if it might be too insecure… im wanting to make it to put in my hope ches

          • Leah Hudson says:

            I’m making a latch hook rag rug and I can confirm that it’s secure enough to be put in the washing machine, assuming you use burlap or rug canvas for the base. I’m not familiar with the nonskid stuff the blogger used.

      • In the post, Jaime says she did not tie the strips of fabric.

  6. 356
    maureen mcgraw says:

    So cute, so practical and yet so simple to do. Thanks for sharing. Got to try this.

  7. 357
    Monica says:

    This SO cute. Great alternative for a rug.. I haven’t found one that I like for our little boy’s nursery.. I would love to make this. Seems easy, but like you said a bit time consuming.. Roughly how much does something like this cost to make? Do you have to buy the fabric and cut yourself? Thanks again. Love it. =)

  8. 358
    Jacqueline Strand says:

    I’ve seen lots of hooked rugs, crocheted rugs, felted wool rugs, etc. but this is by far the most creative rug I’ve ever seen. To use the non-skid rug mats was a great idea –

    the only thing different I might do would be to use a regular rug hooking tool to bring the pieces through the mesh and hook them through a loop using the normal rug hooking method. I have a hand deformity that I think would be easier for me with this tool but also would be easier once several rows were completed.

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful idea and finished project.

  9. 359
    Ashley says:

    Wondering if you tie the rags?

  10. 360
    Nelda Walsh says:

    I’m having trouble finding some rug mats for my rag rug. I find plastic, rubber or cross stitch canvas.Do you remember what store you bought it from/ THANKS!..You rug is beautiful.

  11. 361
    Nelda Walsh says:

    What type of material did you use? I have tons of jersey material I’m thinking of using. But I’m going to tie the strips just to make sure they dont come out.

  12. 362
    Donna LaPage says:

    do you use a crochet hook to get thu the holes I have the regular non skid rubber mat and no way can I get 2″ thru the hole

  13. 363
    Donna Smith says:

    I have loved looking at all the great ideas!! Thank you.

  14. 364
    Jackie says:

    What about using a crochet hook. This is a great way to use up scraps. Have washed it yet?

  15. 365
    Claire says:

    question… how would you wash it without falling apart? I’m having that issue with a similar one i bought actually… ;(

  16. 366
    Lesley says:

    Do you think it would the below would be faster? Any obvious red flags?
    -Cut a long 1in strip
    -Mark off every 5in with a fabric pencil
    -Loop the long strip all they way through, pull up at the 5in intervals.
    -Cut at each 5in mark?

  17. 367
    Melissa says:

    Love these rugs!!! Gonna give it a go

  18. 368
    Jill says:

    Do you have any issues with the fabric coming out of the rag rug? I noticed the fabric strips just sit there…that they’re not knotted or sewn in. Love your rug!!!

  19. 369
    Corina hoole says:

    I’m going to try to attempt to make 4 of them ,for the younger girls.But will use t shirt materiel so it doesn’t fray.I brought a roll of the non slip mat from our local Reject shop for $10.

  20. 370
    Michal says:

    Wow that is really pretty!

  21. 371
    raquel says:

    I am going to make this rug. Very nice looking and original.

  22. 372
    Tracey says:

    Do you need to wash the fabric for the rug first?

  23. 373
    Sonya says:

    After you pulled them thru did you tie each one

  24. 374
    Karissa Buffington says:

    how much fabric would you guess you used? (like a total of 2 yards?) I am buying fabric on-line so I don’t have the option to just run back to the store… I am wondering how much extra I should order of the prints. I am making a quilt for my son’s nursery, and would love to make this run to match!

  25. 375
    Vicki Wood says:

    How beautiful! I’ve never used the rubber backing, but have used burlap. The rags pack in so tightly I’ve never had any wash out, although I do use cold water, gentle cycle and line dry. Google “Proddy Rugs” for helpful hints that I found helped me a great deal.

  26. 376
    Joan says:

    I have made rag rugs a couple times in a different way. Love the way they just get better every time you wash them. When the no sew fleece tie blanket was popular I made a bunch and of course had tons of scrap. Used that for the rag rug. Did it a little different technique. Hem a 4 x 5 piece of heavy-ish cotton. Cut strips of fabric, cotton or fleece in strips 1″ x 4″. Lay the strips of fleece in a row starting about 1″ from the top hem with the center of the strip at this 1″ point. An inch or so of the strip will hang over. With them all lined up, sew straight through the middle of the row. You have the first row done! Flip the tails out of the way, lay the second row down having the center of the strip about 1″ from the last stitching line. Continue.
    I’m sure I’m not describing this well, and will try to find a better description. But it’s easier and faster for me. Not much strength required. Old hands.
    Love this site. j

  27. 377
    Laura says:

    I love this project idea! I just wanted to know if
    You used anything to prevent the ends from fraying??
    Don’t the ends of the strips fray??

  28. 378
    Suzy Buck says:

    I was born at the end of the second world war in England, many houses had rag rugs made out of old clothing as there was very little that you could buy during the war and for many years after, People made them out of many different materials and tied the strips, I can’t remember what the backing material was but i have a feeling that it could have been old sacks, the one I hated was one made out of old mens suits, it never looked clean although it was washed…I have a lot of clothes that are getting old and maybe I should make a rag rug, assorted materials will look good..

  29. 379
    Marion Odicio says:

    LOVE your rug! I separated all the clothes with a color scheme I want before I put the rest of the clothes up for sale at the yard sale for next week! A question: to achive your look, how many strips of the same fabric do you group together? I don;t want to get to the end of the rug and find myself out of fabric of a psecial color! Any suggestions, anyone?

  30. 380
    Linda Burger says:

    Thank you for this beautiful rug idea. being a housewife in a foreign country I have to fill my days with something and cant think of anything better, also a lover of art and crafts, kind regards Linda Burger.

  31. 381
    Cindy says:

    This looks so fun! I’m going to try to make one for my granddaughter’s room

  32. 382
    Janeen says:

    Hi on the lovely Rag Rug by Emily and Jamie, you don’t tie the fabric, just loop it through?
    If so, how does it stand up to washing?

    Thanks, love it.

  33. 383
    justina says:

    did this last? i feel like the non skid mat isn’t terribly durable. have you tried washing one of these yet?

  34. 384
    Jessica says:

    What typed of fabric would I use?

  35. 385
    yuka says:

    I love it! I am making this rag for 3days,still not complete.
    Combination is so difficult.and need lot of salmon pink fabric.
    I am planning to make purple version next time:)
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea .

  36. 386
    britney says:

    dumb question? do you have to tie it??

  37. 387
    Kristina says:

    Did you randomly place the different colors of fabric or did you use a pattern? I love how yours came out and don’t trust myself to have it look the same! Lol

  38. 388
    Tiffany Marris says:

    I am going to think about trying this for my independent level 3 project at college. I shall ensure that i cite your website into it as it is fantastic and i dont wish to take credit for ur fabulousness!!

  39. 389
    Nancy Bennett says:

    How long does it take to make one this size?

  40. 390
    Betty says:

    Should thr be any space left between each or should each gap have a string of material?

  41. 391
    emelie says:

    Hi! I’m gonna try this one! What kind of fabrics did you use?

  42. 392
    usha pun says:

    so so cute, which fabric will be good? thank you

  43. 393
    Laci says:

    How many yards of material did you use?


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