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Learning How to Make a Rag Rug: a How-To handmade and vintage goods

I love rag rugs. I grew up with a beautiful rag rug carpet that had been made out of a variety of red, brown and black wool rags.  I’ve been daydreaming of getting a one just like that, but there just are not that many big rag rugs out there for sale in the world.

In researching rag rugs, I found this great six part series on Youtube that shows how easily these can be made.

Rag rugs are great because they’re usually pretty thick, so they are really comfortable to sit on, do stretches or just lay on while watching a movie. They just feel really nice to walk on, too.

Consider making your own rag rug, and if you get hooked, I’d love to see more of these for sale on Etsy! 

  • aorta

    aorta says:

    a little plug for Ekra's sweet rag rugs-

    7 years ago

  • raggedies

    raggedies says:

    Thanks so much for posting this video! I can't wait to try this.

    7 years ago

  • MaxieD562

    MaxieD562 says:

    You must have been reading my mind. I have been dreaming about making a rag rug!

    7 years ago

  • peasryucky

    peasryucky says:

    what is that tool she's using?

    7 years ago

  • BindingTwine

    BindingTwine says:

    I'm working on my very own rag rug! I'm making mine braided tho',

    7 years ago

  • brianslittlegirl

    brianslittlegirl says:

    I LOVE rag rugs too!! I've been drooling over the ones here on etsy... but I'd sure like to make my own. :) That would be so cool. Thanks for writing this article!

    7 years ago

  • one2beeluved

    one2beeluved says:

    I have been wanting to make a denim one for myself. I was told recently .. that my Great Grandmother used to make these and that's where my Parents rug came from. I'm glad these are coming back. ; )

    7 years ago

  • MoonLightSally

    MoonLightSally says:

    I have four rag rugs in my shop. I have been making them for years. They are very durable as well as beautiful. Here is one in recyled denim...

    7 years ago

  • CandyCalamity

    CandyCalamity says:

    what a great video series, I had no idea rag rugs were knotted so similarly to friendship bracelets.

    7 years ago

  • idealbunny

    idealbunny says:

    How strange...rag rugs must be in the collective conscious right now; I just listed my first one today and am working on another one right now. It's so hard to throw away any fabric, even the tiniest bits.

    7 years ago

  • glorygifts

    glorygifts says:

    Great article! Thanks!

    7 years ago

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed says:

    Rag rug are great. I was thinking of making one as we need a rug. Interesting to see this method, it is clever.

    7 years ago

  • poshpanache

    poshpanache says:

    My friend Dominique, who is 12 years old, makes the most beautiful rag rugs. She started her Etsy store a few weeks ago and is very excited for her first sale. Check it out!

    7 years ago

  • haleyeahvintage

    haleyeahvintage says:

    sorry, mistake on the address. it's this:

    7 years ago

  • thepebblecollection

    thepebblecollection says:

    Thanks so much for this article. I'm inspired to make the biggest, most plush rag rug ever for my new house. The tricky part is continuing to work on jewelry and not running to cut up all my fabric into strips right now!

    7 years ago

  • carabeads

    carabeads says:

    I am so happy to have seen this video and article. I have always been facinated with rag rugs. I've tried to make the braided rugs but gave up because they were just not as simple as this method seems to be. I can't wait to give it a try. When I'm not lampworking, I may just be rugging!

    7 years ago

  • raghousenternational

    raghousenternational says:

    That was a really cool video. I will have to try things one day.

    7 years ago

  • hobbledehoy

    hobbledehoy says:

    wow, that looks fun! thanks for the great tutorial!

    7 years ago

  • MagicIsland

    MagicIsland says:

    I've had my eye on these: rag rugs from

    7 years ago

  • KawaiiHype

    KawaiiHype says:

    I work in commercial embroidery and we have a TON of scrap material. This would be a wonderful way to not let them be thrown away!

    7 years ago

  • HandmadeByAnnabelle

    HandmadeByAnnabelle says:

    Oh! I'm so glad you have this article! I make rag baskets, but have been wanting to try this technique. Thanks!!!!!

    7 years ago

  • Buddhistmusician

    Buddhistmusician says:

    I might have a go at this over the winter. I would like one for in my kitchen. Thanks for posting this!

    7 years ago

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops says:

    I've always wanted to braid my own rugs. Never seem to have enough materials. And then thinking of having to cut all those strips...

    5 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    Fascinating! Who would have guessed that when I was "googling" *how to make a rag rug* ....that this Etsy article would be one of the first to pop up. Thanks!! :)

    4 years ago