Braided Rag Rug Instructions

Mia's braided rag rug instructions are easy to follow with lots of photo's. Learn how to make rag rugs and how you can turn your trash to treasure.

If your sewing machine does a zig-zag stitch you can use it to sew your braids together if you prefer. Set the machine so the stitches will catch both edges of the braids. Using a sewing machine does mean the stitches will be seen from both sides but this can look good with a bit of practice.

If you want to start at the beginning, you can find the first page at braided rag rug page 1.

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Starting from the top end that was hanging from the hook.

Remove the tape that was holding the raw edges back.

Sew the ends together using a back stitch or straight stitch on your sewing machine.


Turn the braid over so the raw edges are facing you.

Fold the braid approx 10cm (4") from the end, this will be the center of your rug.

Secure your thread at the bend and sew in a zig-zag along the edges of the braid.

Once you have sewn the two edges together fold the braid so it goes around the center.

Make sure the raw ends of the center area cannot be seen from the front of your rug.



Continue to work around the central braid.

As you fold the braid around make sure it lies flat.



Continue until you have used the whole length of your braid.

If you want to make the rug bigger don't sew the end of the braid, so that you can add more fabric.


Make some new rolls of fabric following the steps 1 to 3.

Sew the ends of your new roll of fabric to the ends of those already braided as in step 2.

Pin the end of your braid and attach the pin to your hook and continue as in 5 to 8.



Once you have finished braiding sew the braids together.

Keep repeating these steps until your rug is the size that you want.




Secure the ends with a few stitches.

It doesn't matter if it's not to tidy as it will not be seen.




Tuck the raw edges under the rug and pin in place.

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If your chosen fabric frays quite a lot then you might want to hem the edges before starting to braid.

You may also want to hem the edges of your fabric strips if your rug will be subject to lots of wear and tear.

Join the fabric strips together as in step 2 then turn over 1cm (1/2") and sew in place.

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