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. 601

    Do you notice it fraying at all? Like the strips?

  2. 602

    how much fabric do you need of each color to make a normal size rug beside the bed or kitchen sink? and do you like just heavy duty cotton or knits?

    1. 602.1

      Cotton or Knits work fine. I think it was about 3-4 yards total of fabric.

  3. 603

    Do you knot the strips once they’re on the backing?

  4. 604
    T. Hill

    I’m inspired by this…..going to give it a try :)

  5. 605

    Can you machine wash this item?

    1. 605.1

      yes, in a laundry bag

  6. 606

    I’m making this for grandsons should I tie the strips?

    1. 606.1

      no, it would be rough on the feet.

  7. 607

    How well does it wash in a washer?

  8. 608

    Now I know what I am going to use those colorful sheets I have been collecting from garage sales!! Thank you!

  9. 609

    How do you clean it?

    1. 609.1

      Wash in a laundry bag on a gently cycle and lay flat to dry.

  10. 610

    You don’t say if it’s knotted or how many strips per hole. For the poor person who is not crafty it would help. Thanks

    1. 610.1

      They are not knotted.

  11. 611

    I love the blue and pink colours. My mother in law used to make rag rugs, she made the strips 1 cm X 15 cm and knotted them.I have one for 20 years now, it is a bit worn out and i should make a new one. I think it’s faster not knotting them, maybe I find the courage.

  12. 612
    Edna Ann Fairbrother

    Love this rug. Are the pieces of material tied to grid? If not how are they secured?

    1. 612.1

      They are just looped through the little holes, not tied.

  13. 613

    What if you took a large-eye upholstery needle or a big plastic needle and threaded a long strip of one inch wide fabric thru. Then pull through the first loop, trim piece to correct length, then go on to next loop, do the same, etc. this would keep you from having so many little pieces to cut.

    1. 613.1

      Good idea! Thanks for sharing.

  14. 614

    I replied to an older comment….meant to post a new one. I found non skid rug mat 39 X 47 a couple days ago for around $3 at Dollarama, a Canadian $ store. I haven’t started yet but I’m going to recycle some old holey Tshirts.

  15. 615
    Jackie Pacheco

    Do you put the print face up or face down?

  16. 616
    Jackie Pacheco

    Do you start the very end or skip a few rows when you start?

  17. 617

    is it washable?

    1. 617.1

      in a laundry bag on gentle cycle, lay flat to dry. or hand wash

      1. Jackie Pacheco

        Linda, where so you start from and also is the print on the inside or outside? I have all my material but I need these questions answered before I start

  18. 618
    Diane Breaux

    For making the size posted using 1,000 pieces, what size should the mat be?

  19. 619

    This mat looks very nice I have just brought all the material & matting & am just about to start making it thank so much for sharing this looking forward to the finishing project will take a pic & send it on thank so much here I go

  20. 620

    Hi can anyone tell me how long it has taken them to make this .Also how far apart do you leave between the lines for each colour each colour thank so much cheers Judy

  21. 621

    What Size rug is that?

  22. 622

    Will the strips of fabric come out ever? I’m having a hard time invisioning them staying in place.
    I’m wanting to make 2 rugs for a friend, but want to make sure the strips are secure enough to last years.


    1. 622.1

      A few strips will come out, but most stay put. The holes in the rubber mat are small and they hold them pretty well.

  23. 623

    So cute! I am sharing this on Pinterest.

  24. 624

    It’s so pretty, you did a wonderful job. I was wondering what the finished size of the rug you made.