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How to Make a Rag Rug

Rag rugs. They are such a classic!  All of us have probably seen them in our grandmothers’ homes.

These rugs were, and are, so economical and very stylish.  More about that later!

Everything needed to learn how to make a rag rug can be found on this page.  There are tutorials and patterns showing how to weave a rag rug as well as braid and crochet rag rugs! 

What are rag rugs?

Rag rugs are a classic rustic style of rugs designed due to the need for inexpensive and efficient home decor.  

Rag rugs are area rugs in many shapes and sizes and composed from fabric scraps.  The fabric scraps can be used to make a crochet rag rug, braided rug, or even a woven rug.

Making rag rugs is a DIY old farmhouse project and an inexpensive, creative and fun way to repurpose and recycle old fabric and clothing.  All of the supplies needed are some fabric scraps or old clothing and basic hand sewing supplies.

Rag rugs were popular during the industrial revolution using fabric scraps, flour sacks, and old clothing.  During the 1920s, the act of making these rugs began declining.

Areas of poverty did continue this economical way of rug making. During World War II, when families needed to be thrifty, weaving, crocheting and braiding rag rugs made a brief come-back.

Now rag rug tutorials abound, as the craft is resurfacing.  It’s easy, fun, relaxing, and uses up all of those scraps!  

What can you use to make a rag rug?

As mentioned above, rag rugs are very economical!  There is no need to run out and spend hard earned cash on fabric from the craft stores. 

These rugs can be made from T-shirts, sheets, remnants of old clothing, and even thrift store fabrics and clothes!

Repurposing fabric to make a rag rug keeps the cost so low.  Most of the investment is in the time and energy used to make them.

Take a minute to scroll down this page to see all there is to see about rag rugs!  This homesteading tradition will become a staple craft in your home!

Check out our rug making page to learn more ways to make rugs for your home!


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Braided Rag Rug

A tutorial on how to make a braided rag rug. Craft Passion

Braided Rag Rug Instructions

A video on how to make a braided rag rug. You Tube

Braided Rag Rugs

How to make rag rugs. Hunker

Braided Rug

Braided Rug

Braided rugs are a nice farmhouse style to a home. Learn how to make a braided rug yourself with old tee shirts. My Poppet Makes

Braided T-Shirt Rag Rug

Learn how to create a braided t-shirt rag rug with this tutorial. Catholic Sprouts

Circular T-Shirt Rug

No crochet hook needed. This t-shirt rug is finger crocheted. Sustain My Craft Habit

Crochet A Rag Rug

With this tutorial learn how to crochet a rag rug using scrap fabric, old sheets, etc. Heart Hook Home

Crochet Rag Rug

This tutorial by Sugar Bee Crafts walks you through how to crochet a rag rug out of old sheets! Sugar Bee Crafts

Crochet Rag Rug Pattern

A step-by-step guide to rag rug crochet by upcycling your old T-shirts, sheets, and even towel. The Spruce Crafts

Crocheted Rag Rug

Learn how to crochet an oval rug using fabric yarn for a recycled rag rug. The Spruce Crafts

Denim Scatter Rug

Recycle denim shirts or skirts into a homespun, farmhouse look rug. All free Crafts

DIY Crochet Scrap Fabric Rag Rug

DIY Crochet Scrap Fabric Rag Rug

With strong twine, lots of scrap fabric, a crochet hook and this free tutorial crochet a rag rug for your home. My Poppet Makes

DIY Rag Rug

Learn how to make a beautiful rag rug from old bedsheets with this video tutorial. Grillo Designs

Knitted Rag Bath Mat

Add a textured, cable knit bath mat to your home with this free pattern by Cocoknits. Cocoknits

Latch Hook Rag Rug

Latch Hook Rag Rug

This project shows you how to recycle fabric to create beautiful rag rugs. Craft Bits

No-Sew Braided Rag Rug

Meredith shares tips and techniques for making a no-sew braided rag rug. Meredith Amand

No-sew Rag Rug

Instructions for a no-sew rag rug that can be made with t-shirt yarn. Little House in the Suburbs

Peg Loom

How to build a peg loom and make rag rugs Steward Community Woodland

Rag Rug

Crochet a rag rug. Sugar Bee Crafts

Rag Rug

Here’s a tutorial on how to make rag braided rugs. In the article, a helpful suggestion is to go to the bedding department of thrift stores to find fabric. Little House Living

Rag Rug

Rag Rug

This t-shirt rag rug project is a great one to start with when using homemade t-yarn. It has a rustic look. My Poppet Makes

Rag Rug

Rag Rug

How to make a rag rug from old worn-out jeans and lots of cotton yarn scraps. My Poppet Makes

Rag Rug (Video)

A video on with basic instructions on making a rag rug. You Tube

Rag Rug Instructions

Several ideas on how to make a rag rug out of strips of materials as suggested by the ThriftyFun community. Thrifty Fun

Rag Rug Tutorial

This super easy rag rug technique uses fabric strips and a non-skid mat to make a pretty rug to compliment your decor. Craftaholics Anonymous

Round Rag Rug

In this post, Dedri shows how to crochet a simple round rag rug using single crochet, half-double crochet, or double crochet stitches. Look At What I Made

Shag Rag Rug

Step-by-step tutorial of instructions and multiple pictures on a DIY Simple rag knot shag rug. The Homestead Survival

T-Shirt Rag Rug

A Piece of Rainbow will show how to create a beautiful circular t-shirt rag rug with this tutorial. A Piece of Rainbow

T-Shirt Rag Rug Tutorial

Weave a Boho t-shirt rag rug with an easy DIY loom. A Piece of Rainbow

Toothbrush Rag Rug

Information and instructions on making a rag rug using the Amish Knot technique. Bella Online

Weave Rag Rug

Learn how to weave a rag rug on a frame loom. Kaliko

Woven Rag Rug

Here is a free tutorial on a non-sew rag rug. Craft Passion

Woven Rag Rug Tutorial

Rag rugs are classics and one of the easiest DIY home decor rug projects. A Beautiful Mess





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