Rag Rugging

One of our long term course participants, Pip, presented a brilliant demonstration on how to rag rug.

If you want to have a go you will need:
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Some thin weave sturdy fabric – hessian sacking
  • Scissors
  • Rag Rugging Tool
  • Rag Rugging creates rugs using just rags and sacking.
  • You need lots of short strips of fabric and a hessian backing sheet.
  • You then pull each strip through holes in the hessian to create a pattern or picture.
  • Tuck your fabric scrap under two threads of the hessian at a time and leave to threads of hessian between each scrap.
  • Different fabrics should be rolled along the grain or on the bias depending on how susceptible they are to fraying.
  • Hem your hessian before you start, to hold it straight
  • If you’re doing an actual rug (rather than a smaller wall piece), it may be worth having a rag rugging gauge to wrap your fabric round to cut to the right size lengths.

Pip’s rag rug that we are lucky to have hanging at the top of the stairs at Cambridge Makers

Rag rug in process by Pip

Looped rag rug by Chris

Highlands inspired rag rug by Pip

Rag rug made by Ann after Pip’s demonstration

Rag rug experiments by another Ann during Pip’s demonstration