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DIY Shag Rag Rug {Tutorial}

Shag rugs are again in style, but just as back in the days of groovy lava lamps and oh-so-trendy wood paneling, cleaning and caring for them may seem challenging. Their upkeep, however, is.

I have been searching the internet how to make one. Yours is the best i have seen. I am considering making one. Your rug is much prettier than the expensive store bought one you were looking at. I am going to make one of these. It is just gorgeous!! She is due in two months and I have been unable to sew for her as sitting at my machine is painful right now.

I am so excited to start this next No sew project, and hope it turns out as gorgeous as yours! I am using blizzard fleece instead of jersey on sale right now. Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial!! Appreciate all the time and effort you put into this! HI Tabby, Congrats on the upcoming arrival of your baby girl!!

Thank you so much for the compliment on my Shag Rag Rug! Your blog is exactly what I needed to give me the courage to try making this pink rug for my granddaughter. The curtains are made; the quilt is in the works; the pink shag rag rug has been my biggest problem. Thank you for being the pioneer who make the road so easy to follow!

Actually, I do have one question. Is the cotton knit cut horizontal or vertical to the selvage? I mean, do the strips stretch when you tie them? Length of fabric is stable; width of fabric stretches. Congrats on the arrival of your grandson!! I fell in love with your rug the minute it popped up on my search for rag rugs. I recently redecorated her room in shabby chic style and most of it is DIY, so naturally I wanted to finish off with a rug and yours was perfect!

I am doing hers in pink and white and so far it looks gorgeous. So that is a VERY important point to make if you are using the same type of fabric. Thank you thank you for paving the road for so many of us embarking on this adventure!! You give me hope that I will finish one of these days. I need to add that to the tutorial for sure! Thanks for your comment!! They and all your scraps make great stuffing for an animal bed. After finishing a few in all sizes, we deliver them to the animal shelter.

When a dog or cat is adopted, they have their pillow to take to their new home. It make a better transition for the pet and the new family appreciates it too. Do you think that would work? Also, I ended up buying sheets to make my fabric strips. I hope it has the same effect!

Do you think regular cotton fabric would be ok? I want to make my baby one in coral, aqua, white and teal but its impossible to find those colors in interlock fabric. I would suggest actually feeling the material, so take a piece of interlock and see how it feels then see how the cotton you like feels. I hope this helps!!! I love your rug! Am I doing something wrong? It could be the material.

Can hardly wait to post a picture of it on her bedroom floor. Why not use polyester fleece? Remember, there is more stretch across grain: It comes in so many colors, easy to wash and dry, and tough as nails. Depending on the gridded mat you select, you will have to find out what width works best before you cut all your strips.

My colors are whites, pinks, and apple green. The green is used sparingly because it represents leaves. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My question is can I use old cotton sheets and pillowcases? I have some old simply shabby chic sheets that I wanted to use. Always could I add old white cotton curtains or white jersey sheet with that too. I am very excited to start this project. I am due in December with a little boy, and really wanted a nice rug for his room. I knew right away that I wanted to make it. This is a first for me, so I do not know too much about crafting.

Do you know if Flannel Fabric would work ok? It is on sale at Joann fabrics, and they have the colors I would like to use. And I love your tutorial, the rug is beautiful. Hi Monica, Congrats on the upcoming arrival of your baby boy!!! Janet Whitehead Jones said: I have washed it and it washed well. I picked up fleece scraps when I could to keep it affordable, because it does take a lot of fabric. It is full enough skipping rows.

I think it took me about a month to finish it last year. I am ready to make another one. Just have to figure out what colors I want to use and where it should go. I will try the tweezers this next time.

Hi Janet, Thank you so much for sharing the information about your fleece rug!!! Your rug is gorgeous! If you cut the fabric and it starts to fray then I would steer clear from that type of fabric. Kimberly, your question about types of fabric appropriate for the shag rag rug brought back memories of the beginnings of the rug I just finished for my granddaughter. I thought if I scattered they throughout the project they would be fun reminders in the years to come. Since knits come in different weights, you may need to change the cut size of the strips to work with the holes of the grid you have chosen.

I used a non-slip rug pad that really grips to the floor. I started out with knits I already had in my stash, selecting whites and pinks. They are thin and easy to pull through with my fingers. Some were patterned thick and thin to make the design and a little more difficult and time consuming. When I ran out of knits, I took a swatch to the fabric store match the color. That turned out to be impossible. So I selected a variety of pinks and whites. All were interlocks but not all were the same weight thickness.

This forms a knot and is easily done with rug hooking yarn. Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration! Miss Direction has more ambition than I ever will! So going to do this for my sons room!! Do you have ANY clue how many strips you would have used?!?! So excited to try this! Hi Kari, I have no idea how many strips I used.

Wow this is great! My little man needs ones of these for his nursery! Hope I can finish in time. Your little baby will be here in 5 days, howwwww exciting!!! Hi Jessica, I love your rug! You have now inspired me to make one for my nursery also. My apologies if someone has already asked you this question. Thanks for your time! I would feel the texture of the fabric. Yay for half the price, go girl!! I love the rug! I just started one today. Made out of TShirts. If I can figure out how, I will post pictures.

When you finish your rug please email me pictures to jessica myloveofstyle. It must be such a joy to have in your house. Thanks for all the inspiration. Hi Josh, Thank you so much for the comment!! My daughter loves the rug, she loves laying and rolling on it. I love the rug and bought the stuff today to do my own.

I have one question. How do you keep your hands my right thumb esp. I hope that mine comes out as lovely as yours did. Hi Kimberly, Thank you so much for the comment!! I would work on it an hour and then take a break and then get back to it a little later. Sorry, I wish I had a better answer!! Thank you so much for the reply, Jessica. I will send you a picture in a year lol when I finish. My question is, how did you start it, where do you get the material with the holes in it or do you make it, i know this sounds stupid but i am real old and didn;t under stand that part, thank you?

Hi Julie, Awww, I think this would be a great project for you!! I purchased the piece with the holes. Love your idea and it looks easy, will be using a rotary cutter to cut my strips and will be making one for my grandaughter who will be making her big entrance to the world in Feb.

Wait until you have a coupon from Joann or your local craft store, i. You might also want to check online, Amazon or eBay.

You know there are people who buy things, thinking they are going to start a new project, and they never get around to it. It was a lucky find. Also, the rug hook is very easy to use and will save sore fingers. Hi Jessica, I really love the look of this rug. If this has already been asked and answered, I apologize for missing it. How long are the strips you use to weave and tie off? Great Job Jessica I made a rag rug using t-shirts that were solid colors and made it the shape of a fish about 4 x 3 ft.

I used burlap material and pushed a crochet hook thru the fabric and pulled the material thru. I did not tie the pieces because they did not lay down correctly. Just sew the burlap edges with a long strip of material or binding tape with a machine first and they will not ravel before adding the strips.

I made the colors different sizes so it gave dimension. I have a friend that makes quilts and asked her for scrapes and I have 2 big garbage bags full of strips that she had left overs from quilts that the guild has made. They do not want to throw away any thing and were thrilled to find a place for them. I sorted them out by colors and maybe will make bedspreads you can also use a sheet for backing just cut 2 slits and put fabric into slit and tie…I try to make things that are inexpensive since I am retired I have more time than money..

I love the bedspread idea. Just curious, how are you planning to use it to make a bedspread? Pls suggest me an alternative for rug pad.. I am from india. I don get rug pad in my place.. Hi Uma, Thank you so much for the comment. I included a link in the post for the rug pad. If you click the link it will take you to where you can buy it. Amazon has international shipping, so you should be able to purchase the rug pad from the link and have it shipped to you.

I hope that will work. We are re-doing our bedroom and bath. I think I will try this. I have washed my rug pads like this many times in the washing machine and even put them in the dry for about 5 mins to get excess water out then hang to dry. I think i may do a smaller version and try to sew it on there to see how that will work!

O Thanks for sharing. Good Luck on your next shag rag rug and re-doing your bedroom and bathroom!! Hi, I really loved the shag rug! I would love to try to make it, however I would need to make it larger for my living room. How much more material would I need to make a 7 X 10 rug? It looks like I am going to totally enjoy it. Take the 70sq ft x. Sorry if this is confusing, feel free to email me if you have any further questions!!

Just an old quilter that is facing problems with detail, may give up on it. I have read all the comments, enjoyed, and think I may have to take on a rug. Keep up your zeal to interact with people, you are a blessing to all. I wish I could quilt! I live in Wales, UK. Can you please tell me what the backing material for the rag rug is called and if possible where I can obtain it? I think this rug is just beautiful. Hi Gillian, Thank you so much!!!

It should take you to Amazon where you can purchase the rug pad. I believe Amazon ships to the UK. The rug pad slip proof padding I used was by Rubbermaid.

My daughter was able to just throw it in the washer and dryer without worrying about strips falling out. See my blog for pictures of rug, lamp, and valance. How far along are you on your rug? I am redoing my daughters room and this sounds like the perfect special touch. I just found your tutorial. Your rug is beautiful. You could use the latch hook canvas, just overlap it a few row and and go through both layers. This way you can make a rug as large as needed.

I love the idea of joining two pieces of the grid. I also think folding under the edges is brilliant! My granddaughter loves to take naps on her rug. Hi Vicki, did you post pictures on your blog of the shag rag rug you made your granddaughter? If so, I need to fix that. Your shag rag rug tutorial has really taken off. No better way to get exactly what you want! I just love being creative and really love helping others!!! Even quilting, which I thought was a dying art, seems to be reviving.

I love your blog and how your tutorial on the shag rag rug has inspired so many people! My current project is making a youth bed quilt for Maddie. It will be inspired by the lampshade.

Knowing the longevity in my family, I hope I have at least 20 more years to make quilts and costumes and a few more shag rag rugs for my grandchildren and others. First of all, thanks so much for your informative blog. I know this is a very time-consuming project so wanted to ask you a couple of questions before I embark on this. I will be using the rug on vinyl plank flooring. They only sell the canvas backing, but they suggested that if I wanted the canvas, I should buy 3.

If you were to make another rug, would you do it the same way where you tie knots, or would you do it the way latch hook rugs are made? Thanks so much for your help. Hi Laurie, Thank you so much for your comment!

My daughter is just now starting to really love the rug. VickiGene, who has been pretty active on commenting to help others on this post made a shag rag rug and has successfully put hers through the wash.

Vicki, what size was your rug? I would experiment, if they are not very expensive I would buy a latch hook and see how it works. If it were me, I would still want to tie them in knots, as I would be afraid that they would come lose over time. Hi Jessica, Your rug is beautiful! Do you think the t-shirt yarn would work? I saw some on etsy and thought it would be easier than cutting up tshirts.

Hi Jessica, About to start my rug and was just wondering if you pre-washed your fabric before cutting it! Hi Carole, Thank you for your message! My rug is still in great condition. If anyone has any advice as to whether you think it would be beneficial to pre-wash your fabric, please chime in!

I love the rug!! My question is did you have any left over fabric? Also, what does it feel like when you walk on it? Do you vacuum it? Have not started on this rug yet but when I do I think I will try one of my larger size crochet hooks.

I am interested in learning how to make mats from scraps of material. I just love this beautiful pink mat you made, exquisite. Hi Marlene, Thank you so much for your comment!! Beautiful job on this rug! Did you have enough fabric or did you have plenty left over? HI Carol, Thank you so much!! Good Luck on your rug!!! Thank you, info was helpful. Well, I started the rug it has become a family project. Will send picture when completed. Hope it comes out as pretty as yours!

No need to prewash the interlock unless you have a sensitivity to the new fabric odor — the dyes and finishes used in the factory. Interlock is not going to shrink. I was helping my granddaughter get dressed in her room, and my grandson was playing on the shag rag rug I made last year. I watched him fold back one corner and with his teeth, he pulled out one of the strips! I was just wondering, you said you bought 5.

Such a lovely rug and clever DIY hack! It really speeds things up with no marking and quicker cutting! This rug looks like it would keep your toes warm. Thanks for the lovely tutorial! Hi Jean, thank you so much for the comment and the tip! Thank you for sharing instructions on making a beautiful shag rug. I was wondering what other fabric besides the cotton interlock fabric would you suggest?

Thank you for sharing….. Your rug is beautiful!!! Hi Tammy, thank you for your sweet comment! I wonder if you could use a coupon.

They always have coupons! They should have it And they have tons of coupons and honor all competitor coupons as well. I hope this helps! Thanks again for the sweet comment! Hi Tammie, thank you for your sweet comment!

Hi Evelynn, If you use a thick yarn, I would use a non-slip rug mat that has small grid openings. If I remember right, the colors for hers were printed on the backing. The bed has built in underneath storage so a U shape would be perfect and not take near as much time. I have a lot of denim scraps, jeans, etc. Would this material be too thick to weave through the rug pad? I made a small rug which turned out fairly well. Tied fabric strips like you did for the rug leaving outside row empty.

Bring 4 corners together and join by tying more fabric. Before finishing, insert pillow form or batting. Hope you give it a try. I want to make a 6 foot round shag, I found the rug mat for it now I am just wondering if you could help me figure out how much material to get? Also did you use jersey knit material? Hi Susie, thank you so much!

Take the Sq feet I would round up to I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck with your rug and a huge congrats on your upcoming addition: Have just discovered your tutorial on the shag rug. The timing is super as I have just cut up several sweat shirts that were too large for me. I am using the decoration to be the top of a small throw for me and then I saw your rug and thought that would be a great way to use up the rest of the shirts.

Do you think it would be best to cut the s s material with a straight edge or pinked? Thanks for sharing a beautiful project! I just love the look and feel of it. Thank you so much for putting the instructions online. I was so happy to see your beautiful rug — just what I was hoping to make for my own bedroom. Hi Sharon, thank you so much for the message, I bet your rug looks fabulous, using white and ivory will def create a serene look!

I washed it, which I plan to share my lessons learned from that soon, but I had to replace about pieces of fabric: Do you have an estimate of how much fabric you used for your rug. Hi Cloe, thank you so much! I used about Can I hire a carpet cleaner or should I just rent a steam cleaner? Those high-pile woolen rugs or shaggy flokatis are beautiful to the touch and can instantly warm up your cold floors. Just like your wall-to-wall carpeting, shag rugs absorb dust mites, allergens, soil, pet hair and odors.

Dust mites and other allergens float around your home through windows, doors and the ventilation system. So even an infrequently used rug will need some dust removal from time to time. Dirt, especially sandy dirt, is incredibly abrasive to fibers like wool think of how sharp the edges of glass can be. When you walk on a dirt-filled rug you are actually contributing to the wear and tear of the fibers because the sandy grit actually cuts the wool fiber.

Have you ever seen an older Oriental rug with bare spots? According to The Rug Chick , the characteristics that make wool fibers so valuable in rug making are the same characteristics that can contribute to wear and tear: And if you have a true shag rug, the best way is to not use the vacuum at all but rather clean it the old fashioned way: You can hang it over a railing, a sturdy clothesline or a fence or invite 3 friends over and have them each grab a corner.

Vacuum the floor beneath the rug. Roll the rug up and set it aside. Then run your vacuum over the floor area where the rug was lying. This will pick up any dirt and debris that was shaken out of the rug onto the floor.

Use a brush or upholstery attachment to vacuum the rug. Lay the rug out again, this time with the shag side up. This will remove any dirt or debris that was loosened during the first vacuuming stage.

Brush the carpet gently and do not brush in circles. Dab spills with a dry microfiber cloth. The most important thing is to clean spills up immediately to stop them from soaking deep into the rug. Use a white cloth so no color is transferred onto the rug. Wipe the spill with a damp paper towel or alcohol-free wipes. After you soak up the majority of the spilled liquid, dab at the spill with a wet cloth. Baby wipes work well, or you can use a wet paper towel or wet clean cloth. Use lukewarm water as hot water can shrink some fibers.

Clean tough stains with vinegar. Wet a cloth with the solution and massage it into the rug pulling up the stain. This type of treatment usually works well on water-based stains like soda, some juices, and some pet stains. Consult a professional for heavier stains. If cleaning stains gently with water and vinegar is not enough to get them up, have your rug professionally cleaned. Traditional carpet cleaners are often too harsh for natural-fiber shag rugs. If you spill something like ink or wine that causes a bad stain, call a professional who is skilled at treating heavy stains.

Professional cleaning is typically reserved for Oriental, Persian, or other hand-woven rugs that are significantly valuable.

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