Zig zag rag rug

This is a smallish hooked rug made edges first – so without a frame or any finishing off. The black outline is made from a fleece jacket and the coloured sections mostly from t-shirts. I was pleased with it until my kids pointed out that it looks like giant teeth ready to bite your toes! I’m interested to see how it wears.

It was very satisfying to fill in the final section and ta-da – it was finished! Finishing the back has never been my favourite part of making rag rugs.

Update 2020

This is damage caused by a young dog who should have known better! I’ve never repaired a rag rug before so I was interested to see how it would work. At first I tried a shallow patch. it seemed to work – right up until filling in the final section – when it failed.

My final fix used a large piece of hessian and I rebuilt a much larger section ensuring plenty of overlay between the two pieces of hessian and a proper edge.

small patch
large patch

Update 2022

It’s just been through the washing machine again and still looking fine, perhaps a little skew but that could be the repair. There’s a little part of the hessian showing on one corner. It actually looks very vibrant – my photo hasn’t captured that.

Rag to rugs

Rag rugs or mats are traditionally made from old clothes, linen and bedsheets and are a great way to creatively reuse smaller scraps and leftover fabrics. Rag rug making was practiced by the poor and are very labour-intensive to make. They were never thrown away – they were re-used until they fell apart finally ending up on the compost heap.

There are lots of different ways to make them and I hope to get try out a few more methods here.


Some modest attempts at fixing things around the house to make them last longer.