Braided Rag Rugs

This project shows you how to recycle fabric to create beautiful rag rugs.

Braided Rag Rugs

What you need

Strips of fabric (scrap, rags, etc)
Needle and thread
Straight pins


Using scraps I had on hand I cut them into strips and started playing with techniques and going through the process of figuring it out. I didn’t want just long strips sewn together (like you see a lot of times in mass produced, store bought braided rugs). My first attempt, as I figured out what worked best ended up being a coaster. I started with sewing the ends together then braided the strips into each other as I moved outward in a circle.

I started a collection of scraps from other sewing projects and discarded clothes and rag cut into strips to be used in rugs, organizing them by color.

It’s given me a great outlet to use scraps of fabric, lace, & ribbon as well as recycle old and otherwise discarded rags (old, worn, torn clothes, towels, etc).

Rug Making

Braided Rugs

At the last camp I worked at I had a lot of quiet evenings in the middle of nowhere. It gave me a lot of time to work on my own projects and rug making was a nice one for that.

They have also proven to make some great gifts. It’s kind of cool to see the rugs being used and decorating the homes of friends and family that have them. I have a stack right now waiting to find homes.

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  1. Darcy Seals says:

    I use a crochet stitch and needle. That way they survive the wash. Braiding into each row sounds like a great idea. Will try on the next rug.

  2. We made these when I was in grade school in the late 60’s. Basically you simply braid strips of material together and then sew the strips in a circle (or oblong) They are beautiful and sturdy! I gave it only a 3 star, simply because the directions were not clear for someone who had never done this before.

  3. I think this is a great idea, however, can you be more clear about the “how to” of the whole thing?….Like, how wide should the strips be and that kind of stuff. But hey, thanks for the wonderful idea !

  4. What a great idea!

  5. any commenter (OR GROOVYGERT!!!!) who understands how to do this, plz specify in ur comment. thnx sooo much! i kno others wil apprecciate it too!

  6. Cowbird51 says:

    No real instructions that I see.

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