Thursday, September 6, 2012

DIY Handmade Rag Rug Tutorial


I've FINALLY completed my rag rug!
 Phew, what a long, loooong time this project took me. Many hours sitting watching shows/listening to audio books while working on this puppy. But, I have to say, even knowing how many hours (days, weeks, months) I've put into this, I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I love it. :)



I mentioned a while back that for my girls' new shared room, they wanted it blue and pink (well, one wanted it blue and the other one wanted in pink and luckily they happily compromised). I had family help me complete some adorable blue-and-pink quilts for their bunk beds, painted the walls blue, hung pink curtains, and now I've completed the rag rug. Maybe someday I'll get somethink up on their walls?





The rug really was simple to make, just time-consuming. Basically, I used strips of quilting fabric (1000s of them. I have no way of actually knowing how much I used, but I would estimate around 15 yards!) cut about 1 inch x 5 inches. I stuffed these strips into an old non-skid rug mat (purchased at Big Lots, but also available at big box stores like Walmart or Kmart) that was about 2.5 feet by 3.5 feet and voila! I didn't even bother tying the strips. I still think this was the right choice, but about once every 3 days or so my 2-year-old pulls out a strip or two. No biggy though, just shove them back in. Over time, the fabric does fray, but it's pretty minimal.

You can see the rug mat in this image and about how often I skipped holes. Obviously, I certainly could have made it more full by skipping less holes, but there really wasn't a need to make it any more full (and in all honesty, I was ready to move onto something else!).


Here's an image-tutorial of how to make one yourself: 



Hope you enjoy this fun project! Linda over at Craftaholics Anonymous selected it for a feature--head on over and check out her great blog. :)



58 comments:

  1. Very cute - I would love to do this as a project with my girls - but I have 1 question.. do you tie/knot the scraps once they are on the non-stick "rug" - or just pull them through and hope they stay?
    Thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. Nope! I didn't knot the fabric strips. They stay really well, but I'm certain I'd never be able to wash it in a washing machine. :)

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  3. I love this, and want to make one. I wonder if you knotted it, could you wash it? Or would that make it too lumpy?

    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Where did you get the fabric for the base? I don't remember seeing that in any craft/fabric stores.

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  5. Where do you buy the base? Thank you - so cute...

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  6. Beautiful! And it's the perfect in front of the tv project. I love the idea of just pulling the strips through without tying. MUCH easier! I wonder if the cats would pull on it though. =) We'll see, I can't wait to try this. And I'll be linking as well!

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  7. I'm wondering if a latch-hook tool would make the process of running the fabric through go quicker? I found the no slip rug material on amazon for about $10. I can't wait to get started! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. did you use new fabric or old clothing?
    looks new.

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  9. What size is your rug? Love it!!

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  10. So cute. I love the great colors you have used also. I would love for you to link up to my three co-host party that is happening right now. Tip Toe Thru Tuesday. I hope to see you there.
    http://christyscuties.blogspot.com/2012/09/tip-toe-thru-tuesday-link-party.html

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  11. I love this! Will be a perfect rainy day project for me and my girls! Pinned.

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  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Seriously. I want one... but not sure that I want to make one right at the moment. Well see. And I totally love the pink and blue room color scheme. That is what I want to do for BA's room but I had just painted the room green a few months before so I just stuck with pink and green.

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  13. What type of fabric did you use? And how did you keep it from fraying? It looks beautiful!

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  14. Mary Smith--I used just standard quilting fabric that was leftover from some quilts. I bought most of the plain calico that was used. And yes, it does fray, but it doesn't fray a ton and I figure by the time it wears out, I'll be ready to redo the room anyway. :)

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  15. Love this. I've been wanting to buy/make one for awhile but haven't found a good tutorial. Thanks for sharing, you made it seem so easy!

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  16. Seems like a crochet hook would probably help pull the fabric through too.

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  17. cute idea. I think I would fold strips in half and put looped end through then pull loose ends through the loop. I would be less than a know but better than not tied at all

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  18. woww! it´s easy and cute, perfect!

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  19. Love that rug, looks so nice to put your feet on when you wake up!

    Long term, how do those rubber slip mats wear? Does the rubber go 'funny' with time?

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  20. How long did this take you to make? Love it.

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  21. im planning on doing a rug too but with hessian rather than the rubber matting because it lasts longer and i intend on knotting mine too

    yours is so beautiful <3

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  22. Very cute! You inspired me to make my own rugs. Here's my pictures: http://crafting-cousins.blogspot.com/2013/02/woven-rug.html

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  23. Do you always write such good blogs. I am interested in reading more of your work. I have bookmarked your site. Thanks in advance.

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  24. I found an 18" X 28" piece of non-slip backing at the Dollar store! This is a great project for quilters who have misc. strips too small or narrow to be used in a quilt.

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  25. Also, using a size G or H crochet hook makes pulling the strips through much faster.

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  26. A brilliant idea to create a stylish but not hard to do rug. Apart from that the design is fashionable and lovely, I'll try doing the design to different stuff as well.

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  27. Thanks so much, I was trying to remember how to make a rag rug, but totally forgot how to get started. Thanks for the tut. I am now going to have fun. Thanks again

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  28. I love personalized stuff! I tried this at home with a purple hue. It's time-consuming, though. But totally worth it! Thank you!

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  29. About how much fabric did you use? I have two xl t-shirts that I was thinking about using but I don't want to run out and not have enough material to finish the rug!

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  30. Ashley--it's really hard to say how much I used because I cut up so many scraps and went back to the fabric store so many times for "just a bit more" (I completely underestimated how much fabric this would take). I wouldn't be surprised if it was 15+ yards though!

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  31. Adorable project! I saw it on Pinterest, but it took me to this site without giving you credit: http://repinly.machsrichtig.com/2012/10/nice-project-for-rainy-days/

    I did a quick Google Images search to find your original post here. I'll be pinning from this page. :-)

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  32. Such a cute idea definitely going to make it......One question where did you get the under mat?

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  33. Now that looks cute! It even matches the colors on that bed. Now I want to make one to match the color of my room.

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  34. I am so excited to have found this! I want to make my own rug now! Yours is so beautiful! I look forward to making one with my daughter. I found many different sizes of the bottom material on amazon.com for a really decent price

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  35. I have just purchased my own non slip mat to try this project. I got it cheap from Big W.
    Can't wait to get started. I have two girls, and I am going to recycle their old clothes for the material.

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  36. im going to try and make this out of old t-shirts.

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  37. I'm new to the crafting world, but the quilting strips, are they already cut?

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  38. I made on for my son. .OMG!! Never again.. I didn't think I would ever get done. I used old tshirts cut into strips. 15 plus 2 pair of sweat pants. But I did tie mine. Love it now its done n on the floor! !

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  39. Does anyone read the full posting before asking questions? If you read it I guarantee most your answers are in there!! :)

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  40. Dp you have to use quilting fabric or can you use any fabric? X

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  41. I was wondering if you kept any kind of pattern when doing the rug or if it was completely random? About how many pieces of each color fabric did you group together?

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  42. Amanda, it was completely random. Sometime I would group 10 or so and sometimes 30 or so. :)

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  43. Would you be able to use like flat sheets from a bed to make this? I have a bunch we dint use so I'm wondering if that works work to make this. Would love to make a couple different ones for the house

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    1. Absolutely! I actually looked for sheets to use when I started the project. :)

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  44. Would you be able to use like flat sheets from a bed to make this? I have a bunch we dint use so I'm wondering if that works work to make this. Would love to make a couple different ones for the house

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  50. Can you just use normal cotton fabric or is quilted fabric the best?

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    1. Yes, I used cotton "quilting" fabric and it was great. I've seen people use cotton knit before and it was also fun, so either would be great. ;)

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  51. And sorry, has anyone tried it with knots in it? How did it go, or was it too bulky?

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    1. I don't know if anyone has tried tying knots, but I will say, lately when the strips fall out (we seem to loose a few a week), I have been tying them back on. I haven't done it to enough of them to notice if changes anything or not. Sorry....

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    2. Thanks so much! Am excited to get started!

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