Make a Rag Rug

Recycle old clothes and other fabrics by making them into a cozy, colorful rag rug.

| January 8, 2010

  • Rag rug
    Rooted deep in handcrafting for family life, rag rugs carry the essence and the history of repurposing as a necessity as well as an art.
    SHAMBHALA PUBLICATIONS
  • Making rag rug
    As you collect fabrics for your rag rug, you may want to sort them by color, shade or pattern, then cut and sew them into strips and roll them into a ball.
    SHAMBHALA PUBLICATIONS
  • The handmade home
    “Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures” contains 33 projects that make something new out of something old, inspiring a more financially pared-down and simple life.
    SHAMBHALA PUBLICATIONS

  • Rag rug
  • Making rag rug
  • The handmade home

The following is an excerpt from Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures  by Amanda Blake Soule (Trumpeter, an imprint of Shambhala Publications , 2009). 

Though the popularity of making rag rugs has ebbed and flowed through the centuries, the tradition has stayed alive. Rooted deep in handcrafting for family life, rag rugs carry the essence and the history of repurposing as a necessity as well as an art. Rag rugs can be made in a number of different ways. If you’re lucky, you might have the greatest learning source of all in a living relative who can teach you the skill. My Great Aunt Maddie was a rag rug maker, and with her passing, my family was left with a plethora of rag rugs that she made over the past century. All of them were created from clothing and other household items that she also made.

When I added one of Aunt Maddie’s rugs to my home, I was inspired to create the same myself and carefully studied her rugs to discern the method she used. Making rag rugs has turned into a wonderful way for me to extend the life of some fabrics and clothing my family loves, keep our home cozy and warm, and connect to our past.

PATTERN DETAILS



Level: Intermediate
Time to finish: A Season
Finished size: As desired

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Lis Hylton_1
2/26/2010 9:42:58 AM

Hello Penny, Do you by any chance have photos depicting the method you are talking about? I would love to try but have zero experience with crocheting... Thanks! - lis


Lis Hylton_1
2/26/2010 9:38:08 AM

Hello Penny, Do you by any chance have photos depicting the method you are talking about? I would love to try but have zero experience with crocheting... Thanks! - lis


Lis Hylton_1
2/26/2010 9:38:05 AM

Hello Penny, Do you by any chance have photos depicting the method you are talking about? I would love to try but have zero experience with crocheting... Thanks! - lis







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