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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Shaggy Raggy Rugs

Remember me? It's been a while and it may be a while before I post again. I try not develop a serious relationship with my computer because I'd rather be crafting or doing the mom thing. kwim?

My grandmother used to make rugs. (wish I had a picture!) I saw one of her rugs recently that got the wheels in my head spinning. I came straight home and started cutting scrap fabric. The result was this:

Here's how to make your own. I used canvas for the back side of my rug. Cut canvas to desired size. You can serge the edges of the canvas or just turn them. I used a pencil to mark 1 inch lines all down the canvas.

Cut strips of fabric 1"x5". Fold the strips in half (short sides together) and press with fingers to make a crease to mark the middle. Overlap fabric pieces slightly with right side to canvas and sew them on the folded creases on to the marked lines. I place the fabric as I sew. I like to start from the middle of the rug and work my way out.

Machine wash and dry for raggy results! It's a great way to use up scraps!

Be sure to wash and dry for full fluffy effect!


  1. Oh my wow...this is totally adorable!!! If I only had a sewing machine!! :D Love this, girly! I'm so happy to be your newest follower of your adorable blog, and I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! Be sure to link up your sweet creations each Friday at my Fabulous Friday Finds party! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  2. How creative and cute! I really like it!

  3. This is so cute! I am going to try this soon! Love your blog.

  4. These are very effective and cute. I love the your creativity. Because I like too of shaggy rugs.

  5. I posted a link and a picture of your blue rug on my blog. I teach young girls sewing at Grace Christian Academy and we are using your instructions to do it. Thank you for the instructions so clearly.

  6. Looks so nice!! Thank u for sharing.. I have made 2 braided rugs, now venturing to shag. Did you use mixed scrap fabrics? Im looking to do this and have lots of various types of fabric scraps and am wondering if it will still be soft to the foot

  7. Hand knotted area rugs are typically made in countries that are world renown in rug weaving with a long history. Iran, also known as Persia in old times, is an undisputed pioneer in the hand knotted rug weaving practice.