DIY Rug Made From Old Clothing!

Leah Deverett
by Leah Deverett
3 Materials
I've been holding onto a bunch clothing that I no longer wear and decided it was about time to do something with it! This is a simple way to transform your old shirts and other clothing into your very own braided rug! I have to say, the project took a lot longer than I expected. It takes a while to cut, braid, and mainly - piece it all together at the end. But with some patience, it'll turn out great! So here's how I did it. Enjoy! (Video at the bottom with more instruction).
Collect any old shirts, pants, sweaters, etc. you have lying around and either start thinking up a color scheme or just go with whatever you have!
You'll need a good pair of scissors that cuts through material. You'll also need some thread and a needle.

Cut the clothing into long strips of material.
Take three pieces of material at a time and start braiding!You can mix up the colors and make different combinations. Sew a simple stitch at the end of the braid to hold it in place.
The last step is to piece all of the braids together. For this, you can either sew them together or use a strong fabric glue. I alternated between the two and even experimented with hot glue (which probably won't hold the rug together so well, so I'd say sewing is the safest option!)

Suggested materials:
  • Clothing
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread
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  • Heidi Ramey Heidi Ramey on May 30, 2017

    If you decide to make a rather larger oval braided rug (3×5, 4x7, or even about a 9x12) How would you sew it together so that it would not buckle on you?

  • Susan Susan on Jun 28, 2017

    Actually this great use of fabric has a long history - very popular during " Depression " and long before in other parts of the world - where even today nothing is wasted : "Waste not - want not ".

  • Alice Alice on May 22, 2018

    I love this idea. Can you wash it ???

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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 22, 2018

    I love rag rugs. Instead of braiding, I'm weaving one on a lap loom. Great job!

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on May 22, 2018

    People have been making 'rag rugs' forever -- even today you can get hand made braided wool rugs ... too labor intensive for me .. but I do make things out of old tee shirts! A large curved upholstery needed would make sewing them together much easier that using a straight needle