DIY Shag Rag Rug {Tutorial}


I have spent the past 4 weeks making a Shag Rag Rug for Riley's nursery and am thrilled to say that it's finally complete!! It was one of the easiest projects I've ever done; however it was by far the most time consuming, but it was WELL worth it!!! It turned out better than I imagined and looks just like the ones that retail for $600+
Checkout my DIY Shag Rag Rug Tutorial!! I hope you enjoy!
Cut Fabric into 5" by 1" strips
Weave Fabric under one of the holes and back up through another hole (I weaved the fabric in a vertical direction). I left one row of holes empty on all sides.
Pull the fabric so that it’s even on both sides and tie it into a knot (this will hold the fabric in place)
If you are using two colors then you should alternate colors as you go.
Continue adding Fabric Strips alternating colors as you go. It will look bare at first but the more rows you add the fuller it will get. Here is what it looks like after adding two rows of fabric
This is how your DIY Shag Rag Rug will look upclose
This is a completed version of my Shag Rug on wood floors
A picture of how it looks on carpet

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  • Sandra McIntyre Cramer
    Sandra McIntyre Cramer
    on Jul 22, 2016

    Where do you get the backing that you tie the fabric too? I love this!

  • Susie Henry Timmerman Blank
    Susie Henry Timmerman Blank
    on Jul 25, 2016

    Can you use old t-shirts as the strips of fabric?

    • Kat13684468
      on Jan 9, 2017

      So darling! How did you store the rug as you were working on it? Rolled or flat?

  • Karla Hand
    Karla Hand
    on Jul 8, 2017

    Hi Jessica~ your gorgeous rug inspired me to make MY first rag rug!! I am using flannel, two solid colors and one print. I have two questions I need help with: 1) should I wash the material first?; 2) some videos show tying the strips twice instead of once. How do I determine which is correct for my b
    • Charlee Hunter
      Charlee Hunter
      on Aug 18, 2017

      I would think it would be necessary to tie twice, as this would create a complete knot. If only tied once I would think it could come loose. Washing first would depend on whether or not the material you are using will shrink when washed. Mostly I don't think I'd worry too much about doing that in this instance.

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