Brooke Bock
Brooke Bock
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  • Tyrone, PA

Shaggy Rag Rug Dorm Decor


My daughter fell in love with the shaggy rag rugs so we decided to make one from recycled materials.
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Hers is a small. Just the right size for a seat cover, dresser top or accent, but you can easily follow her lead to make one as big as you want..
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It is so plush and soft. It is hard to imagine its humble beginnings.
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We started with cheap sheets from the thrift store and dyed them in the yard. You can read more about the process below.
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Then she ripped the sheets into strips.
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An extra piece of non-slip rug mat was the base.
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She knotted each strip onto the rug mat. Some tutorials just pull them through but she wanted hers to be extra strong.
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She skipped rows so it wasn't too tight.
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TaDa! Ready for school!
Brooke Bock

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9 questions
  • Dotty S
    on Jul 21, 2016

    How do you secure the edge??

    • Brooke Bock
      on Jul 22, 2016

      For hers, she left a half of a square when she cut the rug mat and then she just tied them in the full squares. She did not tuck or sew the edges....

  • Connie Knutsen
    on Nov 15, 2016

    How many sheets for the size rug you made?

    • Brooke Bock
      on Nov 15, 2016

      Not even one full twin sheet. We ripped it into smaller pieces to dye it....

  • Lre2757342
    on Nov 22, 2016

    Do you think t-shirt material would work?

    • Brooke Bock
      on Nov 23, 2016

      It would. You would have to cut the strips instead of tearing them but you could save lots of time by not having to dye them. It would feel different too. Make sure you cut the strips thin enough to fit through the squares of the rubber mat. Good Luck!

  • Louann
    on Nov 23, 2016

    How wide were the strips that you cut? And, has the rug held up to machine washing?

    • Brooke Bock
      on Nov 24, 2016

      Not quite an inch wide. We have only hand washed it.... It takes a long time to dry and needs to be in the sun and flipped over repeatedly or hung on the line.

  • Arlene Ellerbrock
    on Nov 24, 2016

    What is the best way to poke those straps thru the rug backing? Love this idea!

    • Brooke Bock
      on Nov 24, 2016

      My daughter just folded the end and slid it through. You could use a crochet hook too....

  • Barbara Kupsch Firbank
    on Nov 25, 2016

    How long were the straps?

    • Brooke Bock
      on Nov 25, 2016

      Ours were about 4 inches long. She knotted hers but some tutorials say you don't have to. She wanted hers to be much sturdier.

  • CC
    on Feb 12, 2017

    How many sheets did you use for the project? Thanks

    • Brooke Bock
      on Feb 13, 2017

      We tore one into several pieces and dyed each piece a different color. We then tore each color into strips. We had strips left over but our rug was very small. So we only used part of one sheet.

  • Emme
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Where did you get the sheets?


  • Laura Bryant
    on Aug 20, 2018

    You said you cut the stripes 4 inches long, but how wide did you go ?

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