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Create a Handmade Rag Rug for a Holiday Gift

Create a Handmade Rag Rug for a Holiday Gift

Goal for the next week: Collect as many fabric scraps as possible and cut into strips.

Goal for the next few weeks after that: Use my spare time to create a fun, funky rag rug to give as a holiday gift!

Rag rugs have a rich history. Their creation is based on the ideas of making do with what you have and not letting extra fabric scraps or worn out clothes go to waste. Rag rugs have been helping families use up fabric scraps for centuries.

I also love that they embody the philosophy of turning something old into something completely new. In fact, I have a few old pairs of pajama pants that have some holes and tears in them. They’ve already seen one too many mendings—so they’ll be perfect to cut into strips.

If you have worn clothes around the house, a bag tucked away in a closet full of fabric scraps from projects past, or even know friends or relatives who may let you glean rug-making remnants from their scrap bags, perhaps you’d like to undertake this project, too.

There are a few different methods for how to make a rag rug. Check out the details in Make a Rag Rug and No-Sew Braided Rug to learn more. Then, choose your method and get going collecting your scraps.

Do you have a favorite way to use up fabric scraps? If so, please share it in the comments section below.

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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4:46PM PST on Nov 22, 2013

I've always wanted to make one of these. Thanks!

7:05AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thank you

9:41PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

WOW I love it

6:47PM PST on Feb 25, 2013


6:06AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Nice one....

4:31AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

It's on the list! I want to make one of those.I thought I'd have lots of time, this winter to do things like this but suddenly it's nearly March.

4:16AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

So little time and so much to do!!!I would love to be doing that sort of things but simply have no time!!!!

10:55AM PST on Feb 23, 2013


6:49AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

I love this idea, it is so great to spend time and material that normally would go unused.
Thanks you!

3:05AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Love the rug...I turn my extra scraps into quilts!

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