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 I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 501

    I have a younger daughter. Would not tying it be an issue with it possibly getting pulled apart easily if she were to drag it around or play with it like she does everything else?

    1. 501.1

      I pulled mine through and tied them. It’s held up great.

  2. 502

    i LOVE your rag rug! I know it took forever to make but the results were well worth it, it looks amazing.

  3. 503

    Someone wants me to make them this rug. Can you estimate how long it too you before I say yes?

  4. 504

    any idea how much fabric will be needed

      1. Barbara

        thank you

  5. 505
    Judith Bigley

    This was made some time ago, How long has / did it last?

  6. 506

    what type of fabric did you use?

  7. 507

    I LOVE this rug! How much fabric did you use? I am going to try grey, teal, and orange but wasn’t sure how many strips or how much you used. Thanks!

    1. 507.1

      Ooops! I just saw the posts above.

  8. 508

    i have been looking to make one of these rugs and i just wanted to know how big did you make yours, because i was thinking of making mine a 3X5 so would that still be 3 yards or more?

  9. 509

    I’m making this rug for our daughter’s room. She’s 8 next week and I’m using all her fuzzy jammies that I’ve held on to since she was a baby. I’m also using some soft material from a housecoat I made her and her old Pottery Barn duvet that has a rip in it so I can’t sell it. Hope this turns out!

  10. 510

    I have made a rug like this out of old T shirts. The only problem is when aI wash it the pieces of fabric come out. I will make another one, but use a latch hook and “hook” them so they stay in place. She is right, it takes a long time to make but it is super cute. I just think you need to hook them or tie them in a knot in order for the fabric to stay put when you wash it.

  11. 511

    How big is the is the non slip rug. Thanks x

  12. 512

    I have been in the crafting mood lately. I recently turned to Pinterest for some inspiration and ran into this cute idea! I was wondering about how many yards of fabric I would need for this project. I’m wanting to make one about the size of yours. Looks like a pretty decent size.
    Thanks, Hannah

  13. 513
    Ashley W

    Hey! I love this idea and really want to make one and then maybe a few more if they turn out awesome like yours! Have you washed it at all? I am just wondering if these would be able to be washed, because I want one for the bathroom!

    thank you!

    1. 513.1

      Thanks, Ashley! Wash it in a laundry bag or pillow case and then lay flat to dry :)

  14. 514
    carrieann stock

    What fabric did you use on your rag rug?

  15. 515

    Thank you for sharing! This is BEAUTIFUL and I will be starting mine tonight… in need of THERAPY myself!

  16. 516

    adorable, the time and patience paid off. found u through Pinterest , look forward to trying. <3

    1. 516.1

      Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!! :)

  17. 517

    How has the rug lasted? Thank you for the info.

  18. 518

    hey, I’d love to make one of these! Just wondering where did you buy the non-slip bottom of the rug from in such a large size?? I have only ever seen them in much smaller sizes

  19. 519
    Alice Downs

    Have you ever heard of a potato chip quilt? Would like to find directions.

    1. 519.1

      No. What does it look like?

  20. 520
    Joyce stone

    how long did this last? Great site!

  21. 521
    simply raw

    I’ve seen a few people ask the same question but not yet found the answer. How does this hold up with no knots?

    1. 521.1

      It holds up pretty well actually. Just need to wash in a laundry bag or pillow case

    2. 521.2

      do u knot the pieces of fabric

  22. 522

    Can you wash the rug?

    1. 522.1

      Hand wash or put in a laundry bag or pillow case and then lay flat to dry.

  23. 523

    I just finished a version of this rag rug in cream, yellow, pink, and green. It is beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I will say for the benefit of others that I totally underestimated how much time and fabric this project would eventually require. I estimate it was 1-2 hours a night for 3 weeks. I though I could use my scrap fabric (ha ha), and I ended up making multiple trips to the fabric store to backfill my primary fabrics. Having said all that, it was worth it. It seems pretty stable, though my husband has concerns about cleaning it over time.

  24. 524

    I just retired so want something to do. I plan on making your rag rug but what keeps it from falling apart if it needs washing?

    1. 524.1

      Hand wash or put inside a pillow case/laundry bag then lay flat to dry.

  25. 525

    I have to say your stuff is so awesome. Thank you for sharing

  26. 526

    I’m sorry….how big was the nonslip mat?

  27. 527

    My grand daughter is so excited to make one of the rag rugs for her room! Possibly my grandson as well.
    How many of the 1″ x 5″ strips for the rug measurement were used (approximately)? Are these strips sold
    in bulk at various craft stores, where, or online? The mesh base is found where? What is the exact name
    of the material of mesh used?

    Makes it better to do a project of any kind with “grands” when you have all the materials ahead of time! :)

    Thank you for this beautiful simple idea to share with our family and friends with children–we start young
    and see where they take it from here!

  28. 528
    Renee Sinz

    How do I figure out how uch material I will need to make a rag rug?

    1. 528.1

      a 3×5 rug took about 3 yards, if that helps

      1. trish shank

        I made one for my son’s room. now I’m being asked to make others. I’m unsure of what to ask as a fair price.. if you were to sell yours, what would you suggest would be a fair asking price with the time it took you to make??

        1. Beverly Mansfield

          Looks like something I could do.

  29. 529

    Hi-I’m in the process of making one of these for my babies room (who should be born in less than three months) and decided to do a larger one. my husband has concerns about how long it will last etc, etc. It’s definitely keeping me busy, and i work on it about 1-2 hours a night and some not at all. I’m liking the way it’s turning out so far, however, am wondering if i should tie the fabric pieces or figure that out at a later date, and spend more hours doing that. But overall I must say thank you for sharing, and if you don’ mind i’d like to share my finished product when i conquer this project. AND if it turns out great, i’m going to make one for my son’s room and maybe even my living room! Thank you again :)

    1. 529.1

      Hi Sarah, The non-skid rug mat holds the fabric pretty good, but a few pieces will escape. When you wash it, make sure to either hand wash or put inside of a pillow case or laundry bag. Then lay flat to dry. Hope this helps! Happy pre-baby crafting!

  30. 530

    How many strips of fabric would I need to make the size rug you made. And can I get them pre cut somewhere?

    1. 530.1

      It takes several yards of fabric cut into strips. I believe Michaels sells precut strips of fabric in this size.

  31. 531

    Love this rug, looking to make one with my daughter for her new room. I had been planning to use shorter strips until I saw how long yours were. What do you think is the shortest I could go without sacrificing the overall amazingness?

  32. 532

    Subscribe to newsletter please ?

    1. 532.1

      Just added you! :) Thanks!

  33. 533

    Do you tie this in a knot?

  34. 534

    I’d probably use a knitting needle for this :P But awesome idea!

  35. 535

    Hello what a great looking rug
    Just wondering how sturdy it was if you didn’t tie it? And how washable it would be?

    Planning on making one tomorrow ?

    1. 535.1

      It holds up fairly well. Hand wash or put inside a laundry bag to wash. Then lay flat to dry. Have fun making one! :)

  36. 536
    Hayley Mack

    I make rag rugs at Blists Hill Victorian town but with hessian half a dolly peg and scrap material.

  37. 537
    Lynn Bates

    Collecting crafts to do after I retire..Keep me busy and still make some spending money.

  38. 538

    I’m just wondering what the white backing is officially called. I tried looking up “non skid mat” but it isn’t showing me the right results.

  39. 539
    Cindy Burningham

    Just curious aprox how many yards of fabric did you use and what is the size?

    1. 539.1

      I believe she used about 3-4 yards to make a 3×5 rug

  40. 540
    Ann Mayer

    What type of non-fraying fabric do you recommend for the strips?

    1. 540.1

      Any knit fabric would not fray

  41. 541

    Love it! You might tie the pieces, though, to keep them from coming out or loop the center, then feed the strips through just like yarn for a hook rug to keep them from coming out. Then it would be washable. Another thought might be to hot glue the edges to keep the matt from unraveling, even if its rubber.

    Very cute!!!

  42. 542

    Hi I was just wondering how much fabric you bought for this how many yards of each color? Thanks :)

  43. 543

    Love the rag rug, just wondering if it would be better to tie the pieces in the event you would like to wash this rug?

    1. 543.1

      You can wash it in a laundry bag or pillow case to keep the fabric pieces in tack.

  44. 544
    Carol Swinney

    What do you think would be a fair price to charge for this if I were to sell one?

  45. 545

    This is adorable and such a fun idea. How many yards of fabric do you think you used? I know it would depend on how big you make it and I know you used scraps but do you have an estimate? I cant’ wait to make one for my girls!

    1. 545.1

      I believe shed used about 5 years of fabric

  46. 546

    What about laundering? The backing seems like it would fall apart in the wash.

    1. 546.1

      Hand wash or put in a laundry bag or pillow case and lay flat to dry.

  47. 547
    Patricia Freeman

    Love everything.

  48. 548

    This sounds wonderful. I might do the same with my daughter first bed sheets that ripped and wore out! Thanks for the idea!

  49. 549

    Was thinking of making one out of old jeans. What do you think of that fabric??

    1. 549.1

      That would be fun! But would fray a lot.

  50. 550

    Enjoyed searching your site. Love the ideas.