How To Make Rag Rugs

How to make rag rugs is the third page of our braided rag rug series of instructions. Our braided rag rug instructions are easy to follow and include lots of step by step photo's.

You can adapt these instructions for plastic carrier bags or table cloths. Instead of sewing the strips together you can knot them to make one long strip.

If you want to start at the beginning of our rag rug instructions. You can find the first page at braided rag rug part 1.

Rag Rug Instructions Page 3


You can see from the photo that I have secured the raw edges under at an angle.

This gives a neater edge to the right side of the rug.



Cut out your backing fabric allowing approx 2.5cm ( 1") extra all the way around.

Pin the fabric in place so it doesn't move around.



Turn the whole thing over.

Start at the center and place a few stitches to secure the backing to the rug.




I have enhanced the stitches in the photo so you can see them.



Turn the rug over so the right side is facing you.

Cut out V-shaped notches in the outer edge of your backing material all the way around.




Turn the rug over again, fold the edges under and pin in place.




Secure your thread to the underside of your rug.



Sew the backing fabric to the rug using a running stitch.

Your rug is now complete.


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You can use any hard wearing fabric for the backing of your rag rug or you can leave it as it is.

Using a backing does make the rug hard wearing and less likely to come apart.

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