Make a Shag Rag Rug in a Few Hours


After years of looking for the most durable, yet simplest homemade rugs to wash, I have finally hit on a winner – shag throw rugs made of old T-shirts and towels. Besides being easy to make and care for, the rugs are fabricated from goods from the rag bag.

 shag rag rug

With animals inside and outside our homestead, a steady flow of boot traffic and abundance of rain, we go through a lot of rugs here. Rubber-backed store-bought rugs are OK on the back porch, but impossible to keep clean in the house.

Braided rag rugs, while lovely and comfortable to stand on, turned out to be too difficult to wash. To clean them, I’d wait for warm, breezy days and then scrub them in a tub outside. By the time I’d hoisted the wet, heavy rug onto the clothesline, it was as if I also took an outdoor bath. It also takes me at least two weeks to make a single rug.

Looking for a solution, I decided to try a simpler method of rug making. The result is an easy-to-make, inexpensive, attractive, cushy, sturdy and easy-to-clean rug. I used jersey T-shirts (100-percent cotton) for the shag, but any knit fabric that doesn’t unravel will work, such as from fleece blankets and sweatpants.

shag rug strips 

3/26/2016 12:54:44 PM

To avoid raveling, you can use pinking shears. The reaL Name of the Creator is Hayah. A short version of His Name is Yah. Say HalaluYah and you are saying in Hebrew, "highest praise to Yah." Thank you for the shag rug tutorial. I am making a shag rug for my daughter so I can pull out yucky carpet. HalaluYah.

1/22/2015 1:30:22 AM

what are the sizes that the "strips" are cut to?

1/21/2015 5:07:51 PM

here's another way to get strips that don't ravel: cut woven strips on the bias! it's as easy as cutting straight strips--just mark on a 45 degree angle from the grain of the fabric and cut. after washing, the strips have a bit of a wavy appearance, which is attractive. some years ago, faux chenille was very popular in clothing and home dec. that was just multiple layers of bias cut fabric stacked up and sewn. emmer

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