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. 401

    i have a question on washing the rag rug, where it’s not tide in each slot what keeps it from pulling through in the washin machine?

    1. 401.1

      We recommend hand washing and laying flat to dry :)

    2. 401.2

      Hi! You could also place it inside a pillow case and throw it in the washer. This is how I wash my handmade rugs :-) This technique also works when washing delicate clothes, such as little girl’s tutus, etc. Good luck!! ♡Adri

      1. Thank you so much, Adri! That’s a fabulous idea!

      2. Joyce

        Great advice!

  2. 402
    Colleen Goodrich

    What size is this and how many yards of fabric was needed?

  3. 403


  4. 404

    I have to try this

  5. 405
    Sue Austen

    Love the rug.

  6. 406

    About how big is your rug? The size looks perfect.

  7. 407

    I’ve got all my fabric cut ready to go, but I’m not sure how big your mat is? Maybe 4 by 3 feet? Thanks! Really looking forward to having this in the new nursery!

    1. 407.1

      Its either 3×4 or 3×5. Have fun!

  8. 408
    crella Righter

    Dont have website. Love crafting. Make scarfs& creative silk floral arrangements.

  9. 409

    I’m from Malaysia

    Wow.great idea.will try it for my children room.thank you so much share it.
    *sorry my English quite bad*

  10. 410
    Sandy Edenfield

    How much fabric do you need for this rug and do you use 100% cotton? Thanks.

    1. 410.1

      You’ll need about 3 yards of knit, cotton, or denim.

  11. 411

    I’m about halfway through and this thing is making a huge mess – tiny threads everywhere. Will the shedding stop at some point? If not, I’m not sure I can actually use this rug anywhere once it’s done. I’m using an old sheet, torn into 1 inch strips then cut into 5 inch sections. It LOOKS great, but it’s not worth the mess, if it keeps up.

    1. 411.1

      The threads and shedding will taper off.

  12. 412

    This rug looks great. How does it hold up in the wash?

    1. 412.1

      Wash by hand or use a laundry bag and lay flat to dry and it will do fine.

  13. 413

    Do you tie the fabric once you thread it through or just leave it?

    1. 413.1

      No, don’t tie them

  14. 414

    Great tutorial! Did it take you long to do this? What size are the strips? Thanks!

  15. 415
    Anne Marie

    thank you for the ispiration!

  16. 416

    What a brilliant idea to use non slip stuff!! Inspired

  17. 417
    andre dotson

    This is such a cute idea! Where did you get the non skid rug mat?

    1. 417.1

      You cand find them on Amazon {} or home good stores.

    2. 417.2

      They can also be found in stores like Lowe’s and other dept stores as well…near the area rugs. They’re folded up, and quite often in packaging, on a narrow shelf, about head high (5′ or so in Lowe’s)…I’ve been down that row almost on a weekly basis (I love looking at the hanging racks of area rugs so I make a point of going down that aisle) and only noticed them the other day.

  18. 418

    Love this rug. about to create it for my little grand daughter. Did you wash the fabric, before cutting the strips.

    1. 418.1

      No, the fabric wasn’t washed, but that would probably be a good idea.

  19. 419

    So you don’t tie the strands? Just feed them through?

    1. 419.1

      Yes, just feed them through. The hole is small and holds them in place.

  20. 420

    very nice project indeed. Looking beautiful but instructions are not clear enough. Should give bit more detail how to put 2nd line , how to end , approximately how many picese we need etc. Anyway better luck next time.

  21. 421

    how many strips of the same Pattern of fabric do you use before you switch patterns

  22. 422
    Delores Alexander

    I am from the Caribbean, these rag rugs were very popular when I was growing up. They were made regularly with crocus (burlap) bags with
    scraps of cloth from seamstress. It took quite a while to complete but it was a fun thing to do as a pass time.

    1. 422.1

      Thanks for sharing, Delores!

  23. 423

    im starting one right now.
    How do you know it won’t be to empty on the spots you skip. And was your cutting of the strips perfect?

  24. 424

    I would really like to start/do this project but I have one question can it be washed with out it being torn or falling apart.

  25. 425

    I’ve spread clear silicone caulking to the backs of yarn mats to secure the strands making them machine washable in cold water and dryer safe on cool – warm (not hot…although I have washed and dried slippers in warm water and regular dryer temp without any problems) setting, as well as prevent them from wearing out on the underside and give them additional anti-slip assurance. Maybe that would be done with this rug too for those wanting a more launderable item.
    I do plan on doing the same with this rug, I would be more than happy to report my experience with this project when I’m done.

    1. 425.1

      I’d like to clarify, once the silicone caulking has been evenly applied the item should remain bottom side up until the silicone is completely dried/cured before using. Depending on how thick it is applied this could take more than 24 hours.

  26. 426

    How much fabric? I’m doing 2 different colors. so how much of each color should i get? And can you get the mat at hobby lobby?

    1. 426.1

      You’ll need about 3 yards. I don’t think HL carries the mats, but you can find them at Walmart and Target and other home stores.

  27. 427

    Great ideas

  28. 428

    I am planing on making a rag rug 150cm by 150cms roughly I brought a non skid rug mat but the wholes seem an awful lot bigger than yours how do I find the correct one and how much fabric will I need to buy to make the rug? I need the rug to be big as my son’s bedroom is bigger than a large double so a small rug would look lost.

  29. 429

    did you use every square in the rug mat ?

    1. 429.1

      No some holes were skipped

  30. 430

    I read a comment concerning “allowing silicon backing to dry”?…HUH?! (IM SURE its right in front of me)…but I can’t find any step/mention of this! PLEASE ADVISE(she says after adjusting the “readers”… AGAIN LOL! )

    1. 430.1

      A reader said commented saying she applied silicon over the back of the rug to secure in place and then left another comment to say that the silicon should be allowed to dry prior to use. We did not do this step and is not included in the tutorial. It was a good idea that a reader shared in a comment.

  31. 431
    Dianne J

    I love this project! It’s something productive to be doing while watching tv! Thank you for posting it!

    1. 431.1

      Thanks for stopping by, Dianne! It makes a fantastic TV craft!

  32. 432

    I just love this idea! Great tutorial. We have 4 months ’til our 1st daughter arrives, so maybe if I get started right away … ;)

  33. 434
    Kate Smith

    Hi! I love this idea and starting to make my own rug with some cotton fabric I had. My question is… Did your strips fray? I got about 30 strips into the project when I decided to stop because there were little pieces everywhere! I’m thinking maybe jersey or cut up old T-shirts??

    1. 434.1
      Kate Smith

      I just read a previous answer where you said it will taper off. :)

  34. 435

    so…. Started the rug. But I have cut some strips 5 inches long and some 9 inches long. Does that make any difference? Not sure why I did it but I did?

    1. 435.1

      It will probably add more depth/texture to it :)

  35. 436

    Hi, I haven’t tried your project yet, but I am looking forward to it. I am planning on a present for my granddaughter. She loves homemade gifts, I just hope I can pull it off. I will send you a picture of when I complete the project. Keep your fingers crossed. I just hope mine turns out half as good as yours. You did a GREAT JOB. Love the colors.

  36. 437

    What a wonderful idea!!!!

  37. 438

    is it possible to use a latch hook utensil to do this on the non slip material? Or I guess if one could find where to get the backing of the latch hook rugs, you could make it similar to that. Less time consuming and the knots would be in place.

  38. 439

    It’s my favorite color,too..♡♡

  39. 440

    Are the strips placed in all the same way?? Or did you alternate directions?
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  40. 441

    where can I find the non skid rug mat please

    1. 441.1

      Any home store or Amazon

  41. 442
    Commie miks

    Love this rug want to make some time .

  42. 443

    I like diy project especially easy or simple & less cost

  43. 444
    Linda Parsons

    Love the rug!

  44. 445
    Desiray Fiddler

    Going to begin this project today for my daughters newly updated room. It’s a big girls room now. I’m going to use her old receiving blankets as the fabric, hopefully it works out just as well as the tutorial. Thanks for the idea!

  45. 446

    I have been looking everywhere for a new rug for my lounge as Iv changed my colour scheme I think I’m gonna give this a whirl

  46. 447

    Love that diy rug idea. It’s beautiful,I’m going to attempt it I think

  47. 448
    Kathy Kumler

    I LOVE this rug! SOOOOOOO CUTE!
    Thank you for the tutorial,
    How is it holding up by now?