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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
    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?

  2. 352
    Lacy says:

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

    • 352.1
      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.

  3. 353
    maureen mcgraw says:

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

  4. 354
    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. =)

  5. 355
    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.

  6. 356
    Ashley says:

    Wondering if you tie the rags?

  7. 357
    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.

  8. 358
    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.

  9. 359
    Donna Smith says:

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

  10. 360
    Jackie says:

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

  11. 361
    Claire says:

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

  12. 362
    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?

  13. 363
    Melissa says:

    Love these rugs!!! Gonna give it a go

  14. 364
    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!!!

  15. 365
    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.

  16. 366
    Michal says:

    Wow that is really pretty!

  17. 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


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