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 mendingsóso 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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Elisa F.
Elisa F4 years ago

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

Sue Fowler
Sue Fowler4 years ago

Thank you

Rose Becke4 years ago

WOW I love it

Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


paul m.
paul m4 years ago

Nice one....

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B4 years ago

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.

Anna Jarczynska
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago


Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M4 years ago

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

Vicky H.
Past Member 4 years ago

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