Rag Rug Tutorial

I’ve seen one of these at my friend’s house and always wanted one. I also recently saw a picture of one on Craft Passion’s blog and then REEEEAAALLLLLYYYY needed to learn to make one. So here it is. It definitely looks better in person. But I’m happy with it and I’m going to try to show how I made it. This project is a great way to use up ALOT of scrap fabric!

Step 1: Make the base. Cut out two pieces of fabric and sandwich inside some batting. This one is approximately 21-inches x 16-inches.

Step 2: Cut out a whole bunch of little rectangles. These will be the little rag ribbons. These were  7-inches x 5-inches.

Step 3: This is how I fold each little rectangle (rag ribbon). First, you’re going to fold the 7-inch way in like a gate.

Then fold the top down about halfway (sorry this pictures shows more like two-thirds of the way down, but as I made these, I realized it was too low. So only fold down about halfway).

Fold across again (inward, like that gate fold).

Pull down a little flap. Now you are ready to sew on to your rug base.

Step 4: As you finish folding a little rectangle, you can sew it onto your rug base. As you sew, make sure you are sewing along that little flap that’s folded down, catching the folded bit underneath. Here’s a picture of the rag ribbon piece that was NOT sewn correctly:
If this happens, you can just shove that little flap back in and sew on top of it to make sure it’s securely sewn in place 🙂

Continue sewing until you have little rag ribbons along the perimeter of your rag base.

Step 5: Continue sewing each round until you have four levels of rag ribbons sewn in place. As you sew a new round, try to also sew the bottom tail part of the previous rag ribbon down also. This will prevent the rag ribbon underneath from fraying when you wash in the washing machine. It isn’t the end of the world if it frays.

Step 6: Finish the top with a puffy rectangle. I cut a piece of polyester batting for the top. Cut out a piece of fabric (I pieced together a few different coloured strips to tie in the multicolouredness of the whole rug) for the top. Iron the edges in and sew in place. Voila:

All the ribbon tails are hidden. Rag rug is ready for walking on!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Home Improvement
    Jun 30, 2010 @ 16:18:44

    If you are looking for a way to make any room in your home more attractive, then you may want to invest in some oval rugs. You can use an oval rug in the living room, dining room, bedroom or outside, even if you get the type of carpet


  2. peggy
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 05:05:03

    I love this idea!! I am always looking for new ways to use my stash of fabrics and this is perfect. Can’t wait to get started on my first rug. Thanks bunches! Peggy


  3. Nancy Hill
    May 28, 2012 @ 16:56:26

    Excellent!! Thanks so much for publishing!! I have been looking for instructions for a few weeks and my sister sent me your link!!


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  5. Colleen
    Sep 05, 2014 @ 11:07:33

    Thank you! I am going to make one. The floors get very cold in NE California, USA


  6. Elaine Hopper
    Sep 23, 2014 @ 05:21:05

    WOW i have 3 kittens that are rescues and this would make a PURRFECT bed for them…and i have a ton of scrap fabric..THANKS


  7. Elaine Hopper
    Sep 23, 2014 @ 05:23:21

    I have 3 rescue kittens 6 weeks old and lots of fabric….OR Rugs for Rescues wow i just came up with something to do for shelter kittens and cats….THANK YOU !!!!!!


  8. PrairieGold
    Dec 05, 2014 @ 15:13:12

    I have looked for instructions on how to make this forever. Thank you so much for posting this. This rug just makes me happy. Thank YOU!!
    PrairieGold 😉


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