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THIS INSTRUCTABLE OUTLINES THE SUPPLIES AND PROCESS FOR MAKING A RAG RUG USING SCRAP FABRIC.
 
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Step 1: RAG RUG SUPPLIES

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GOOD AND SHARP SCISSORS

Step 2: RAG RUG SUPPLIES

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1/4" MESH RUG CANVAS

Step 3: RAG RUG SUPPLIES

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VARIETY OF SCRAP FABRIC

Step 4: RAG RUG STEP 1

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CUT 1/2" WIDE STRIPS INTO 4" LENGTHS

Step 5: RAG RUG STEP 2

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FEED STRIP THROUGH MESH ACROSS DIAGONAL

Step 6: RAG RUG STEP 3

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TIE ONE SQUARE KNOT, REPEAT FOR DESIRED DENSITY
marydecorator5 months ago

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

drwebster1 year ago
oh that`s so cool,i am making one,thank you,easy pretty and nifty instructable!
Rhi-Rainbow2 years ago
This is great! I've wanted to make one of these for a while!!

Glad someone made an instructable
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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?
TaikoMom2 years ago
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.
WUVIE3 years ago
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
dow353 years ago
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! : )
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!
Warlrosity4 years ago
WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT ME?! Do you not love me? Did I disappoint you? What about the children? You cant leave!
firefliie4 years ago
WHY IS THIS WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS? ITS SORT OF ANNOYIING. I WOULD CONSIDER FIXING THAT.
Broom4 years ago
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!
Where does one find a 1/4" MESH RUG CANVAS?
Yes! where? all I can find is latch hook canvas and the squares are too small.
Wasagi4 years ago
 Grweat Idea! Simple and Effective!
icecoldcelt4 years ago
That looks like an overhand knot to me.
Babyshoes4 years ago
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!
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.
Arbitror4 years ago
I like the "folder" design of your images!
Err.. More like "tab" design!
scoochmaroo4 years ago
Agreed! I love this style.  You should definitely document the process!
Kiteman4 years ago
Unusual style of images - where are they from?
nvolicer (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
I drew them by hand, scanned, and used images from the web for patterns. Thanks for your interest.
Cool - that might almost be worth an Instructable itself.