Introduction: HOW TO MAKE a RAG RUG

THIS INSTRUCTABLE OUTLINES THE SUPPLIES AND PROCESS FOR MAKING A RAG RUG USING SCRAP FABRIC.

Step 1: RAG RUG SUPPLIES

GOOD AND SHARP SCISSORS

Step 2: RAG RUG SUPPLIES

1/4" MESH RUG CANVAS

Step 3: RAG RUG SUPPLIES

VARIETY OF SCRAP FABRIC

Step 4: RAG RUG STEP 1

CUT 1/2" WIDE STRIPS INTO 4" LENGTHS

Step 5: RAG RUG STEP 2

FEED STRIP THROUGH MESH ACROSS DIAGONAL

Step 6: RAG RUG STEP 3

TIE ONE SQUARE KNOT, REPEAT FOR DESIRED DENSITY

Comments

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Kiteman (author)2009-09-30

Unusual style of images - where are they from?

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nvolicer (author)Kiteman2009-09-30

I drew them by hand, scanned, and used images from the web for patterns. Thanks for your interest.

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imargiti (author)nvolicer2017-02-05

i like the hand drawn "cartoon" method of instructions to read.

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Kiteman (author)nvolicer2009-09-30

Cool - that might almost be worth an Instructable itself.

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haventmadeabombyet (author)2010-02-16

Where does one find a 1/4" MESH RUG CANVAS?

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amazon is a good place and michaels also sells them. over 55 get a 10% discount at michaels. LOL

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Yes! where? all I can find is latch hook canvas and the squares are too small.

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zargiropoulou (author)2015-11-03

started it.needs a lot of patience....?

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PattiMeyer51 (author)2015-03-16

Awesome instructions . Thank you for sharing. I intend to make this as a project for myself and the grandkids. Thank you , your instructions were the clearest to follow.

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traypup (author)2014-12-30

Beautifully designed Instructable. Thank you for the clear and gorgeous directions. (The caps are completely appropriate as a design technique here, so don't listen to the crankypants people in the comments.)

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marydecorator (author)2014-03-27

Really pretty and clear illustrations. Thanks for making the extra effort!

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drwebster (author)2013-02-14

oh that`s so cool,i am making one,thank you,easy pretty and nifty instructable!

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Rhi-Rainbow (author)2012-08-20

This is great! I've wanted to make one of these for a while!!

Glad someone made an instructable
xx

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blueangelcat (author)2012-01-24

Kiteman! I believe you are right!( don't you love to hear that!) Love the way this is put together! love the idea, but are there any substitutions for using mesh rug canvas?

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TaikoMom (author)2012-01-09

I just made this but with two changes:

Used fleece 6" by 1" strips (cut with a rotary cutter)

Used rubber non-slip carpet pad for the backing instead of canvas.
But don't tie the strips diaginally because it will mis-shape the rug.

Hang dry or use the delicate cycle on dryer.

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WUVIE (author)2011-08-31

Thank you for sharing this thrifty idea! I have plenty of worn clothing and a bit of the mesh handy. Sounds like a great winter project.

I don't mind the caps. It helps those who may not be able to see as well. A former co-worker of mine could not read well unless she used all caps. Unless one's intent is anger, I don't consider all caps to be a bad thing.

:-) Karen

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dow35 (author)2011-05-04

A faster method to cutting would to be to use a quilters cutting mat and rotary cutter if you have them. Super easy and creative rug! : )

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mooseinakilt (author)2010-10-23

I've been meaning to get a rug for my kitchen and I need to go through my closet and get rid of old clothes. This idea will kill two birds with one stone. Many thanks!

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Warlrosity (author)2010-07-13

WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT ME?! Do you not love me? Did I disappoint you? What about the children? You cant leave!

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firefliie (author)2010-03-20

WHY IS THIS WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS? ITS SORT OF ANNOYIING. I WOULD CONSIDER FIXING THAT.

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Broom (author)2010-03-02

Definitely an overhand knot - a square knot uses two overhand knots, tied in opposite directions (otherwise it's a granny knot).

Funny, I never noticed before: typed ALL-CAPS are kinda annoying (they are described as internet "shouting"), but all-caps in Comic Sans font feels more like comic-book lettering, and not at all shouty. More like traffic or information signs. This instructable uses both kinds, and the effect shifts abruptly. Interesting!

Also - really love the illustrations!

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Wasagi (author)2010-02-20

 Grweat Idea! Simple and Effective!

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icecoldcelt (author)2010-02-19

That looks like an overhand knot to me.

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Babyshoes (author)2010-02-18

Nicely done. I have read of people using hessian as a base, and pulling rag pieces through with a crochet hook. Keep meaning to try it, as I have some cheap hessain sacks lying around!

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TheBlackSharpie (author)2010-02-18

I love the drawings! And also I once got one of these rugs as a gift from a friend and have used it ever since.

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Arbitror (author)2010-02-16

I like the "folder" design of your images!

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Arbitror (author)Arbitror2010-02-16

Err.. More like "tab" design!

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scoochmaroo (author)2010-02-16

Agreed! I love this style.  You should definitely document the process!

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