Sunday, May 17, 2015

Three years later: Rag Rug update

I've had a lot of questions about this fun rag rug I made a few years ago.


Lots of people want to know if it is worth the effort (because, man it was a long project) and if it can withstand the test of time, so I decided to take a picture to show you how it is doing 3 years later. We re-created a moment. Here it is when my middle daughter was only 2 1/2.

And here it is now that she is approaching 5 1/2. 

Ha! Such a cute girl who has grown so much but changed little. :)
 You can see a few things about the rug. 
The pros:
She still loves it. 
It still looks cute and has not fallen apart
So many memories of sitting on that rug reading stories at the end of the day!

The cons:
The fabric is pretty matted. 
Strips do fall out, and I do have to put them back in. 

I have never put it into the washing machine--I think that would destroy it. Once I really felt like it needed to be cleaned, so I put it into a bathtub full of soapy water and washed it by hand. That worked great.

The verdict: Totally worth the effort and I'm so glad I made it!
Also, as I've mentioned lots lately, we are moving and redoing the girls' rooms, and this rug (I am pretty sure) will still look cute in her new room despite the decorating overhaul. yay!

Here is the original post if you want that link, but here are the instructions below again just for kicks!

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. :)


  1. I have thought about doing this for a long time. When you are no longer going to use this rug, place it in a large mesh laundry bag and wash it on the gentlest setting (I have a hand wash setting). Dry flat and then air fluff it in the dryer. Another experiment and you'll know for sure if it will wreck your cute rug! Thank you for sharing this wonderful project and the update.

  2. Love the colors of your rug! I have done something similar, but I single knotted each strip and have not had any fall out. I also folded over the edges about an inch and put the strips through both layers making a smooth, more finished edge. Glad I found your site, I will be following your inventive creations.


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