How to make a Rag Rug

How to make a Rag Rug

Create a rug from leftover rags.

What you need

Large mesh canvas about 10 holes per 7.5 cms
Latch hook
wool fabric


For this project pick fabric thats not too thick or your hooking will be too tight, ideally a cotton or a synthetic wool fabric would be great.

You can use new fabric or recycled fabric but each strip should measure 15 cm long by 2 cm wide.

Rug Size: 120cm x 90cm it uses 30 mt of 90 cm wide fabric. Keeping the fabric all the same will prevent an uneven effect.

Latch hooking, work out your design before you begin to hook. Simple designs work best,with stripes, square or diagonals.

Place your design onto the canvas using a pencil. to create the finished edges fold 5 rows over of the canvas so its double, then begin your hooking.

Fold strip of fabric around the shank of the hook holding ends in the left hand, with the hook in your right hand hold the latch down. Insert the hook down through the mesh and under the double horizontal threads of the canvas and up through the mesh.

Draw hook towards you placing strip inside of hook, be sure fabric strip is completely inside the hook when the latch closes. so that the end of hook does not fray the fabric. Pull hook back through canvas, drawing ends of fabric strip though loop.

Tighten knot by pulling ends with fingers. The strips of fabric must be knotted on the weft threads (those running from selvage to selvage) For and evenly knotted rug work completely across the canvas row before starting on the next row.

Place one knot in every second hole along canvas first row. Then on second row, again work one knit in every second hole, hooking into alternative holes to those on the first row. Repeat throughout.

Turn the last 5 rows to front at end of mat and work through both thicknesses as for beginning.


  1. Not sure what you meant by the last section? Turning last 5 rows????

    • You turn the last 5 rows of the mesh fabric o basento itself so that you don’t have a raw edge, and then continue hooking. Essentially, when you start fold in the edges before you start and maybe clip them with a peg or a cable tie to hold them in place until you get to them.

  2. so cool! my grandma loves rugs so this is my next project for her.

  3. looks interesting! can u plzzz show step by step pictures of the whole thing 🙁 bit confused 🙁

  4. OMG–starting tomorrow!

  5. Ha! That is genius. Absolutely genius. I’ve done latchhook rugs before, but I always bought the 20 something dollar kits. Using scraps of fabric is pure genius. Way to be thrifty!

  6. prettyful <3

  7. lesliem says

    a wonderful way to use up those scraps of material

  8. Awesome! I also saw this down on tv with cut up old jeans.

  9. easy and un way to create a look you can not buy.

  10. Quite funky!

  11. great instructions

  12. thats awesome!!

  13. good

  14. love it

  15. Not really tieing knots.

  16. CraftBits (Shellie Wilson) says

    That would depend on how thick your fabric was, if it fit’s through the hook and the hole then it’s fine to use. trial and error.

  17. Can You use fleece fabric?

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