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. 551
    Patty Ingram

    Is it 3 yards of each color of fabric?

  2. 552

    Love love love the rag rug.

  3. 553

    Hi..I LOVE the rag rug! I’ve looked at Joanne’s and Michaels but can’t seem to find the non slip rug in bigger sizes. May I ask where you purchased yours? Thank you! It’s adorable!

      1. Jorja

        Beautiful rug & colors! I’ve been wanting to try one for a while and a couple days ago found the non skid mat, 39 X 47, at Dollarama for around $3….fantastic price. I’m going to go back and get a couple more for (hopefully) future projects. The first one will be a bed side rug out of old holey Tshirts.

  4. 554
    christy sparger

    Did you use pinking edge?

    1. 554.1

      No, but that would be a good idea. But it would also take a really long time to hand cut all those strips with pinking shears.

      1. You could use a rotary cutter with a pinking disk when cutting your strips! Then you would get the “pinking shears” effect ;)

        1. I totally forgot that you can do that with a rotary! Good idea!

  5. 555
    Joann Maddox

    Love the look of the rag quilt

  6. 556

    Can I get the non skid mat AT JOAN FABRICS? If not she
    Where and how much ? Can get a big piece or I could hook together and you really don’t the 99th e m ?

    1. 556.1

      A reader commented recently that she found the non-skid rug mat material at Joanns. You can also find it at Target, Walmart, or other home stores or on Amazon.

  7. 557

    Where do I buy the mat and how much ?

  8. 558

    I like the idea of knotting them to help the fabric not slide around. For those of you who did this how much longer did you cut the fabric. Wondering if the fabric should be 6 inches long instead of 5.

  9. 560

    How do you launder this?

    1. 560.1

      In a laundry bag or pillow case. Lay flat to dry.

  10. 561

    Love this idea!

  11. 562

    So- am I understanding this right? You did NOT tie these into the holes? I would love to make one! Thanks!

    1. 562.1

      No they are just looped

    2. 562.2

      No, they are not tied

  12. 563

    Did you do anything special to stop the fabric from fraying?

  13. 564

    Does the cotton ever fray? I want to make this for my living room thinking 8×10.. Any tips?

    1. 564.1

      Yes, it frays. If you don’t want it to fray, use a knit fabric.

  14. 565

    What kind of material was used?

    1. 565.1

      100% cotton fabric was used. If you don’t it your strips to fray at all, use a knit fabric.

  15. 566

    I am so in love with this little rug and about to get started on one. I just purchased all the supplies and I had a very hard time finding a rug pad that looked like the one shown and would work to hold fabric. The Amazon one looked fine but could only be purchased as an add on purchase. After running around to all the stores mentioned on this sight and having no luck I finally discovered that Jo-Ann’s sells this by the yard and it’s perfect and cheap! It’s called utility liner. Just wanted to pass that along.

    1. 566.1

      Good to know! Thanks for sharing! I’m sure that will help many crafters out.

    2. 566.2

      i found the non skid pad at walmart for around 8 or 9 dollars

  16. 567
    Louise Yarrow

    Fantastic project. Really am going to try one. What about using microfiber and a bath rug?

  17. 568

    What about fleece? Would that be too thick?

    1. 568.1

      It might be difficult to pull fleece through the little holes in the matting.

    2. 568.2
      Margaret Reid

      I have a rug pad that is woven almost 1/2 inch wide. Your fleece sounds great to me. However, I would use only 1″ strips and I would Loop the strips through. OR tie them. I purchased for $60. a rug pad for my mom that had much larger holes. Obviously the one I have now is a dollar store item $@.00

  18. 569

    has anyone besides poster made this? how well does a diy hold up? thanks!

  19. 570

    How much material did it take total

  20. 571

    Your right it is very beautiful….but i don’t know if i can cut all those strips and work on it for months….wow

  21. 572

    This is a stupid question. Do you knot it?? If not does the fabric strips fall out??

    1. 572.1

      She did not knot the strips.

  22. 573

    Has any one tried using a rug hook with fleece and maybe cut 3/4″ x 6″?

    1. 574.1

      If you use a laundry bag or pillow case, then yes, you can put it in the washing machine on a gently cycle. Lay flat to dry.

  23. 575

    Hi…I think the rug looks really fun. From the pictures…it looks like you pull the material through…but don’t tie it…am I seeing it right?

    1. 575.1

      Sorry…I should have read all of the comments first…I see now that it isn’t tied.

  24. 576
    Barbara Brock

    Going to make one for my grand daughter!

  25. 577
    Meena Horrocks

    Could not find where to buy the none skid rug matting…… Please help????????

  26. 578
    Margaret Reid

    How can you wash these rugs? Would it be better to tie a knot, Or looping the strips?

  27. 579
    Kay Spence

    What happens when you wash the rag rug. Do the fabric strips stay in the rug mat?

    1. 579.1

      To wash, put in a laundry bag or a pillow case and lay flat to dry. They do pretty good with that. If you are really worried, you can hand wash.

  28. 580
    Christine Jones

    Love the rag rug!
    A little nervous, about not knotting the strips. Please let us know how it holds up?!

  29. 581

    If you are using cotton why not just tear the strips?

  30. 582

    Hi there. I’m just wondering…. won’t the fabric fray? Or do you cut the strips of material a certain way to avoid this? I’m sorry, I’m not really a seamstress and haven’t worked much with fabric before.

    1. 582.1

      Yes, they will fray some. You could use pinking shears to help prevent it from fraying or use knit fabric and that won’t fray at all.

      1. Stacey K

        What type of “knit” would be best? I went to the fabric store and apparently there is a bunch of different types of “knit” Thanks for the comments as I am not very well versed in fabrics.

        1. jersey knit would well

  31. 583
    Chesley Stephens

    I absolutely love this and I am eager to learn how to make this I just would like a little more instructions!

  32. 584

    Beautiful rug

  33. 585


  34. 586

    Love crafts and this rug!

  35. 587

    Is there a reason you don’t knot the strips?

    1. 587.1

      Better texture and softer on your feet

      1. Jean Barber

        I should have read this comment before trying to tie the strips! You are definitely right – the knots are hard on the feet! I was concerned that my grandson-to-be would pull out the strips, but decided comfort was more important than little strips pulled out. Besides, if I make it fluffy enough, then losing some of the strips won’t even matter.

  36. 588

    A great idea to use leftover . thank you

  37. 589
    Judy Cadeau

    You could have saved a lot of time by using a latch hook just to pull fabric through. If you wanted a knot you could do that with it.

  38. 590

    Love love love this idea!!!! My twins share a room…. And finding things that are gender neutral can be difficult. I am adding this to “the list” lol.

    Thanks again!!!!

  39. 591
    Jean Barber

    Thank you so much for your post! I wanted to use leftover fabric scraps to make a little rug for my grandson-to-be. I had a different type of “rug gripper” fabric, but it still worked. At first I went ahead and tied the fabric strips on. I decided to try standing on it on tile…and it hurt! Ouch! Who wants to sit or stand on a bunch of knots? So I went back to your original instructions and am currently tying on strips of flannel fabric, to make it softer. Thank you again! Looking forward to seeing how fluffy it gets and if it works in the bathroom.

  40. 592

    I’m working on a rug like this now and I’m about 1/3 of the way through and it is looking absolutely beautiful! I’m using the baby flannel and I’m tieing each piece and pinking the tops. For anyone who is worried about feeling knots under your feet (like I was) it’s not a problem at all. It is so plush when the large areas are done you couldn’t begin to feel any knots under there and it will stay together! It is VERY time consuming but so worth it!

  41. 593
    Elizabeth fuehrer

    I love this idea it is so cute! My family is starting foster care and I am going to do this for the nursery!

    1. 593.1

      That’s awesome you’re going to do foster care! It takes special people to do that service.

  42. 594
    Catherine Rowe

    love this, cheers

  43. 595
    Deb W

    Did you skip a row between each row?

  44. 596

    You could cut strips on the bias to avoid fraying :)

    1. 596.1

      Good point!! That is a great solution.

  45. 597

    Have you washed it yet??? I would love to make one but having 3 boys in my house … it is guaranteed to need a wash at least once a week! Just wondering if there is anything that I would have to do differently to it so that it withstands the washing machine and if the non-slip rug would hold up in the washer as well! Thank you!

    1. 597.1

      Hi Dana! The non-stick mat holds up just fine in the washing machine. Avoid putting it in the dryer as the heat will slowly break it down over time. You’ll want to put the rug in a laundry bag before putting in washing machine. Then lay flat to dry. This helps keep the fabric in tact.

      1. Dana

        Thank u so much!!!!

  46. 598

    Is there a technique to cutting the fabric? Or a toll that folks use. Or do you just cut the individual strips one-by-one?

    1. 598.1

      A rotary cutter is highly recommended! Lots quicker and will save your hands :)

  47. 599

    I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

  48. 600

    I see this as a wall hanging! Beautiful!