Making A Rag Rug

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 11:36 am on Monday, October 1, 2012

[New England Quilter]

I’m considering making a rag rug. The idea is that you use strips of fabric to make a rug. I’ve never made one before, but it seems like a cool project and a great way to re-use old (read: baby) clothes.

There are all kinds of ways to make a rag rug. They can be made with a loom, a sewing machine, braided, crocheted, knotted, and so on. After some research, I’ve narrowed it down to a few techniques:

1. Braided.

[Home Things Past]

There are two types of braided rugs. In one, fabric strips are braided together until it forms a rug, usually a large oval or circle. Here is a tutorial.

Alternately, you can braid the fabric in one long rope and then sew it together as a rug, like so:

This last method is a lot of work, but it also gives you leeway for manipulating the rug to look the way you want.

2. Crochet.

[Debs Crochet]

You use a crochet hook to crochet the rug. This video shows how:

I’m not very good at crocheting, but this method seems to yield consistently attractive rugs.

3. Knitted.

[Mandy Gerth]

This technique uses knitting needles. It seems to work well for square or rectangular rugs. Here’s more on knitted rag rugs.

4. Loomed.

[Old and Interesting]

As you might expect, you use a loom to make the rug. Most commercial rag rugs are made with looms. But as I don’t have a loom, I’m probably not going to go this route.

5. Woven.

The fabric is criss-crossed the same way thread is woven to make fabric. Usually these rugs are rectangular or square and have tassels at the end. Here’s a tutorial.

6. Knotted.

I’m not sure what else to call this technique, but instead of long strips of cloth, the cloth is cut into 1 X 5 inch rectangles and knotted onto a non-skid rug mat, like so:

According to this site, “for a thicker rug, knot along every line or knot along every other line for a thinner mat.” (Reminds me of these t-shirt rugs.)

Frankly, this one looks the easiest.

Have you ever made a rag rug? Tell me about it.


Comment by Shari Harniss

October 2, 2012 @ 5:33 am

I haven’t made one yet, but I think I will attempt to crochet a rug this winter. I’ll start small, and if it doesn’t drive me crazy i’ll do a bigger one!

Comment by Sandra

October 2, 2012 @ 7:01 am

I’ve made a hooked rug, but with yarn, not fabric scraps. It’s fun to be able to make your own design (abstract or geometric or pictorial)!

Comment by janelle

October 3, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

Ive made a crocheted rag rug. I love it the only thing i don’t like is the cutting of the 1″ strips very annoying. But after convincing my husband to help it was a lot better.

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Comment by Janice H

January 5, 2014 @ 9:31 am

Hi, I’m making a rag rug right now – it’s on a handmade loom. I’ve seen it called twining but I don’t think the technique I’m using is actually twining? Does that make sense? I’m using a technique I found in a craft book. My husband and I made the loom out of strips of wood and lots of nails on the end strips. You can see the technique here: The sell the looms if you’re interested.

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